Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger delivered a sobering analysis on the unrest sweeping across the Middle East Thursday, telling leading energy industry experts that the recent protests may not pan out as smoothly as some hope.
Jon Huntsman Jr., 50, should have been safely ensconced for a second term in the Utah governor's mansion, enjoying his popularity with the state's voters and weighing his 2012 prospects as a GOP presidential nominee. Instead President Barack Obama astutely took a well-financed potential opponent out of the running by tapping him as U.S. ambassador to China. Now Huntsman, on the job nearly a year, is at the center of America's most important, delicate, and fraught economic relationship in the world.
Is the new "Mr. Europe" -- the President of the European Council -- to be Tony Blair, the perma-tanned political jet-setter with half a dozen jobs already or Herman van Rompuy, a poetry-writing Belgian who would scarcely be recognized in his local supermarket?
After Friday night's presidential debate, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger defended Sen. John McCain's attack against Sen. Barack Obama for Obama's willingness to meet with the Iranian president "without precondition."
Five former secretaries of state from both parties Monday discussed how they would advise the next president on a wide range of foreign policy, including relations with Russia, Iran and the Middle East.
With over 200 public figures attending this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, the Swiss town is set to be a real-life who's who of international statesmen and politicians. Below we've profile a few of this year's big hitters.
The assassination of Lebanese cabinet minister Pierre Gemayel and its ramifications for Middle East politics continues to dominate the editorial pages of many major world papers. The Guardian in the UK says Gemayal's murder is "a brutal gesture of contempt for the hundreds of thousands who took to the streets after the murder of Rafiq Hariri last year, and seemed to have taken control of Lebanon."
So, one of the most secretive and repressive nations on Earth has tested a nuclear device: the "real" question, obviously, is not what this means for the peace of the world, but whether it pushes the Mark Foley scandal to the political sidelines. So let's ask: When does an unexpected news event change the subject?
Abu Qarrar was young, rotund, and seemed new to the mujahedeen lifestyle. He hadn't memorized much of the Quran, unlike his more senior counterparts. He sometimes sneaked glances at the women on the music-video channels when he thought no one was looking.
It occasionally occurs to me that if I could understand the Bush administration's foreign policy, I might like it. After months of threatening Iran with everything up to and including nuclear war, we are now full of Sweet Reason and offering to have diplomatic talks with the very people we have been denouncing as Beyond Vile.
Reportedly, following the replacement of Andy Card as White House Chief of Staff by Joshua Bolten more changes of Administration personnel are expected. Also there are the sudden openings at the White House, namely the vacancy Bolten leaves at the Office of Management and Budget and the need to replace Claude Allen as domestic policy adviser. The problem the president and his staff have is finding replacements with "stature." That is the word used in the media, "stature."
After the national nightmare of September 11, 2001, those urging their fellow Americans to pursue a particular activity or to support a particular public policy -- whether drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or outlawing civil unions between gay Americans, or buying a new car -- would often argue that their fellow Americans' unwillingness or refusal would force the world to conclude: "... then the terrorists have won!"
About 50,000 newly released pages of documents from the Nixon administration primarily address the war in Vietnam but also deal with topics including the Supreme Court nomination of William Rehnquist, the pardon of union leader Jimmy Hoffa and efforts by Ross Perot to help prisoners in Vietnam.
The U.S. Treasury has told China that it must revalue its currency by at least 10% against the dollar to prevent protectionist legislation in the U.S. congress, the Financial Times reported in its international edition Tuesday.
With the transfer of power in Iraq now a done deal, the question arises: When should U.S. troops pull out? Two former presidential advisers strongly disagree on possible exit strategies, using comparisons to the Vietnam War as a reference point.