Blog Posts - Diplomacy



Is puppy love diplomacy in danger?

Russian President Vladimir Putin plays with his dogs Buffy (right) a gift from Bulgaria. Yume, (left) an Akita, was a gift from Japan in 2012. (EPA Photo) Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet at a summit conference next week with Japan Prime Mi...
by The Poodle (and dog) blog on Dec 11, 2016

How much do humans need to cooperate in order to survive?

Existential risks are thorny problems. They generally can’t be solved by one person working alone. Success will almost certainly require deep cooperation among all countries. In fact, existential risks can be categorized according to how much coope...
by Vision of Earth on Jul 17, 2016

How much do humans need to cooperate in order to survive?

Existential risks are thorny problems. They generally can’t be solved by one person working alone. Success will almost certainly require deep cooperation among all countries. In fact, existential risks can be categorized according to how much coope...
by Vision of Earth on Jul 17, 2016

Cooperate or perish: Minimal levels of collaboration needed to save the world

One way to quantify the danger posed by an existential risk is to examine how much countries will need to cooperate in order to avoid it. Since successful avoidance of an existential risk can be considered a public good (something that benefits the w...
by Vision of Earth on Jul 3, 2016

Cooperate or perish: Minimal levels of collaboration needed to save the world

One way to quantify the danger posed by an existential risk is to examine how much countries will need to cooperate in order to avoid it. Since successful avoidance of an existential risk can be considered a public good (something that benefits the w...
by Vision of Earth on Jul 3, 2016

THE TECTONIC SHIFT - U.S. Task Force on Support of Middle East

"Task force tackles how U.S. can support vulnerable Middle East" PBS NewsHour 3/30/2016ExcerptSUMMARY:  There have been tectonic and tragic shifts across the Middle East and North Africa in the five years since the beginning of the Arab Spring m...
by Mage Soapbox on Apr 4, 2016

CUBA - President Obama's Visit (including full news conference)

"Why the significance of Obama’s trip to Cuba differs for both countries" PBS NewsHour 3/20/2016ExcerptSUMMARY:  Christopher Sabatini, a professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, joins Alison Stewart to dis...
by Mage Soapbox on Mar 21, 2016

Obama’s Communication Problems: His Strengths Get Defined as His Weaknesses

President Obama continues to make steady progress on foreign policy issues but, of course, gets no credit for it. Part of it is his own fault because he is always been better at policy than communicating about it. Although his campaigns for the presi...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 15, 2016

Obama’s Communication Problems: His Strengths Get Defined as His Weaknesses

President Obama continues to make steady progress on foreign policy issues but, of course, gets no credit for it. Part of it is his own fault because he is always been better at policy than communicating about it. Although his campaigns for the presi...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 15, 2016

THE NEVER-ENDING WAR - Israel vs Palestine

COMMENT:  Good luck Vice President Biden.  But as I have said so many times in the past, this conflict will NOT be solved by outsiders (including U.S.).  It can ONLY be solved by THE PEOPLE of both Israel and Palestine whey they tell t...
by Mage Soapbox on Mar 14, 2016

CUBA - President Obama's March 21st Visit

"What does Obama’s historic visit mean for Cuba and the U.S.?" PBS NewsHour 2/18/2016ExcerptSUMMARY:  President Obama will be the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge, according to a Twitter announcement Thursday (2...
by Mage Soapbox on Feb 22, 2016

MIDEAST - While Syria Burns

"Russian airstrikes continue despite fragile Syrian cease-fire agreement" PBS NewsHour 2/12/2016You didn't actually expect Russia to honor the agreement, in fact there was a built-in loop-hole.ExcerptSUMMARY:  Seventeen nations led by the U.S. a...
by Mage Soapbox on Feb 15, 2016

IRAN DEALS - The New vs Old Sanctions

"New Iran sanctions appear as old sanctions lift for nuclear deal compliance" PBS NewsHour 1/18/2016ExcerptSUMMARY:  Many sweeping sanctions ended with the news that Iran's nuclear program has complied with a landmark agreement.  But a new...
by Mage Soapbox on Jan 25, 2016

FLASH POINTS - Iran's Missile Test

"What signal is Iran sending with recent missile tests?" PBS NewsHour 1/1/2016Hint, Iran lies and should not be trusted.ExcerptSUMMARY:  The landmark Iran nuclear accord is soon due to be implemented fully, but renewed tensions between that coun...
by Mage Soapbox on Jan 4, 2016

Bridge of Spies

The new Cold War thriller Bridge of Spies, based on the true story of the prisoner exchange for captured U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, shows an attorney living up to the highest standards of advocacy as well as negotiating ability. The movie's lawyer...
by Mediation's Place on Nov 19, 2015

WAR ON ISIS - Syria, On the Ground and Diplomacy

"U.S. steps up military involvement against IS in Syria as Kerry meets for diplomatic talks" PBS NewsHour 10/30/2015ExcerptSUMMARY:  The White House confirmed that U.S. commandos are going into Northern Syria as part of a coalition aimed at dism...
by Mage Soapbox on Nov 2, 2015

SYRIA - That Sucking Sound

"Is progress being made on a political solution in Syria?" PBS NewsHour 10/23/2015ExcerptSUMMARY:  Secretary of State John Kerry met with counterparts from Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to work on finding a political settlement for the Syrian...
by Mage Soapbox on Oct 26, 2015

NUCLEAR DEAL - U.S. Negotiator Comments

"U.S. negotiator talks holding Iran to its nuclear deal obligations" PBS NewsHour 9/9/2015ExcerptSUMMARY:  Former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns headed a secret negotiating team that met with high level Iranian representatives first in...
by Mage Soapbox on Sep 14, 2015

OPINION - Iran Regime Opponents Say.....

"Iranian Dissidents Explain Why They Support the Nuclear Deal" by Danny Postel, In These Times 7/22/2015We know what politicians from the U.S. to Israel think about the Iran nuclear deal.  How about asking some opponents of Iran’s regime?The d...
by Mage Soapbox on Jul 27, 2015

CHINA - South China Sea Expansion

"Defense Secretary Carter in Vietnam warns China again over South China Sea expansion" PBS NewsHour 6/1/2015ExcerptSUMMARY:  During a visit to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke out about tensions in the South China Sea, where the Ch...
by Mage Soapbox on Jun 8, 2015


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