April 2016 Homepage

April 2016 Homepage
Cover Story

Iraqi Kurds Battle Islamic State, Pursue
Campaign for Self-Determination

a5.kurdistan.kerry2.homeWith Syria disintegrating and the Islamic State entrenched in Iraq, the Kurds have stepped into the breach as one of the most capable fighting forces in the Middle East. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the representative of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government in the U.S., says it’s also time for her people to step up and determine their own destiny. Read More 

People of World Influence

Richard Engel of NBC News Reflects
On Two Decades of Mideast Reporting

a1.powi.engel.homeIn an era when newsrooms are consolidating and closing foreign bureaus, Richard Engel has managed to duck the budgetary chopping block — and occasional crossfire — while reporting on conflicts throughout the Arab world as chief foreign correspondent for NBC News. Read More

New Cold War?

U.S. Defense Spending Surges
To Counter Russia, Reassure Allies

a2.russia.europe.general.homeRussia has annexed Crimea, and Moscow’s intervention in Syria put Russia at loggerheads with Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Obama administration has reacted to Russia’s irredentist policies by requesting a quadrupling of defense spending in Central and Eastern Europe for fiscal 2017. Read More

Pariah Pain

North Korea Continues
To Bedevil U.S. Policymakers

a3.north.korea.china.homeWith Washington’s attention focused on trouble spots like Syria, Iran and Russia, perhaps North Korea was perhaps feeling a bit neglected. But as it conducted its fourth nuclear test, the hermit kingdom quickly reminded U.S. policymakers that it is as dangerous and impervious to pressure as ever. Read More

Curbing an Outbreak

Spread of Zika Virus Alarms
Ambassadors in Washington

a4.zika.mosquito.homeNot since the AIDS outbreak of the early 1980s has a virus as mysterious as Zika frightened so many people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. And like everyone else, the region’s envoys in Washington are struggling to get a grasp on an outbreak that is rapidly spreading throughout the Western Hemisphere. Read More

Cracking Capitol Hill

Op-Ed: Former Staffer Shares Advice
To Help Embassies Access Congress

a6.congress.biden.homeThe congressional landscape is dotted by small and autonomous fiefdoms. Staff turnover is high. Institutional memories are low. Couple this with the reality that diplomats steadily rotate through Washington and the results are obvious. For embassies navigating the Capitol Hill gauntlet, the experience can be byzantine and opaque. Read More

Global Vantage Point

Op-Ed: Ratifying Law of Sea Treaty
Gives America Seat at the Table

a7.pivot.law.opinion.carrier.homeUNCLOS defines the rights and responsibilities of nations with respect to their use of the world’s oceans, establishing guidelines for everything from deep-sea mining to control over a country’s coastal waters. Over 160 nations have ratified the document, but the Senate has refused to approve the treaty for over 30 years. Read More

Book Review

‘President and Apprentice’ Details
Symbiotic Eisenhower-Nixon Dynamic

a8.book.nixon.gellman.homeIrwin F. Gellman’s “The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952-1961” is an ambitious book. Gellman clearly admires both Eisenhower and Nixon, but he is also a fair-minded scholar who is intent on examining the complex relationship between the two men. Read More