Diplomacy

How to Defuse the Ukraine Crisis

How to Defuse the Ukraine Crisis

March 31, 2014 at 6:17 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 03/31/14 By Michael Shank Returning in March from transatlantic dialogues in Poland and Germany in which I and other policy types from Washington discussed the situation in Ukraine and Crimea with our policymaking counterparts from Warsaw, Berlin and Kiev, there is little question that we […]

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Caustic Encounters: Western Demands on Putin Escalate Crimea Crisis

Caustic Encounters: Western Demands on Putin Escalate Crimea Crisis

March 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

CDN 03/22/14 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, March 22, 2014 — Returning home last week from Poland and Germany, as part of a United States and European Union transatlantic policymaker conversation on the crisis in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia, as well as other salient U.S.-E.U. issues like trade, climate change and […]

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U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

U.S.-E.U. Rhetoric on Russia as Destructive as a Chekhovian Duel

March 22, 2014 at 10:49 am

HUFFINGTON POST 03/22/14 By Michael Shank Returning home last week from Poland and Germany, as part of a United States and European Union transatlantic policymaker conversation on the crisis in Ukraine, Crimea and Russia, as well as other salient U.S.-E.U. issues like trade, climate change, and income inequality, I found […]

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Turkey’s Once-Worldly Aims Falter, Even Close Allies Concerned

Turkey’s Once-Worldly Aims Falter, Even Close Allies Concerned

February 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm

FOX NEWS 02/01/14 By Michael Shank From a political perspective, defending Turkey’s blend of political Islam and neoliberal economic policies was not terribly difficult a decade ago. After all, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan helped build the 17th largest economy in the world and what would be the sixth largest […]

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Bridging the Gap, UN to Capitol Hill

Bridging the Gap, UN to Capitol Hill

December 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

PEACEBUILDER 12/04/13 By Andrew Jenner In 2006, the United Nations General Assembly replaced its Commission on Human Rights – the organization’s main body dedicated to protection of human rights – with the reorganized and renamed UN Human Rights Council (HRC). As UN decisions and deliberations tend to be, it was […]

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Why Rep. Hunter Is Very Wrong About Nuking Iran

Why Rep. Hunter Is Very Wrong About Nuking Iran

December 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 12/06/13 By Michael Shank and Kate Gould With the United States and Iran finally on a path toward resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, a member of Congress on the House Armed Services Committee is playing the spoiler, urging the United States to prepare […]

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The Only Way Forward in Afghanistan

The Only Way Forward in Afghanistan

November 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 11/13/13 By Michael Shank Tribal elders in Afghanistan are preparing to meet next week to discuss the Bilateral Security Agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan, which governs details of the relationship between the countries after 2014. But news this week of Afghans protesting against the […]

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No Iran Deal, but Significant Progress in Geneva

No Iran Deal, but Significant Progress in Geneva

November 12, 2013 at 9:43 am

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/12/13 By Michael Shank and Kate Gould WASHINGTON, November 12, 2013 — Even without a final nuclear deal with Iran, this weekend’s intensive negotiations in Geneva resulted in major diplomatic achievements that warrant mention. First and foremost, since direct contact between U.S. and Iranian diplomats has long been […]

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Why the White House Won’t Win the Afghanistan War

Why the White House Won’t Win the Afghanistan War

November 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/07/13 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, November 7, 2013 — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry desperately needs a win on the Afghanistan war. Unfortunately, however, it appears increasingly unlikely he will get one. Despite repeated visits and discussions, Kerry has so far failed to secure a clean Bilateral […]

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In Afghanistan, End the Fighting and Stop the Meddling

In Afghanistan, End the Fighting and Stop the Meddling

October 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

WASHINGTON POST 10/18/13 By Michael Shank Regarding the Oct. 15 editorial “Afghanistan’s future”: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will ultimately favor a deal allowing a U.S. force to remain in Afghanistan after 2014 because he knows that the Kabul administration would otherwise fall within months of the United States pulling out. […]

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