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Caribbean Rum Wars: Brewing Tax
Battle Stirs Frustration With U.S.

a3.gun.control.homeWashington’s generous excise-tax rebates that are used to subsidize rum production in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have galvanized the city’s Caribbean envoys like never before. Read More

People of World Influence

Former U.S. Envoy for Iran Says Policy
Shouldn’t Be Held Hostage by Politics

a1.powi.limbert.homeJohn W. Limbert, a former U.S. hostage in Iran, believes it’s high time for Washington to stop demonizing its former Mideast ally and start talking to Tehran. Read More


Foreign Policy Vet John Kerry
Set to Take Over State Department

a1.john.kerry2.homeAs America’s top diplomat, John Kerry has given some clues as to how he’ll take on the myriad issues he’ll face as secretary of state: talk to everyone, even if they’re not your cup of tea. Read More


Newtown Tragedy Prompts
National Soul-Searching on Guns

a3.gun.control2.homeThe Newtown massacre is prompting unprecedented soul-searching among Americans about the country’s deeply ingrained gun culture, one that has few parallels with the rest of the world. Read More


Georgian Ambassador to Step Down,
Citing Unease with New Leadership

a4.georgia.ambassador.homeTemuri Yakobashvili, Georgia’s blunt, cigar-smoking ambassador, pulls no punches when it comes to representing his nation in Washington, but he’s stepping aside for someone he says can better represent the new leadership in Tbilisi. Read More

Inside the Chamber

U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council
Touts Billions in Bilateral Trade

a6.uae.chamber.homeThe U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council aims to dispels myths and misunderstanding between the United States and the United Arab Emirates, which is America’s biggest export market in the Middle East. Read More


Consular Corps: Behind the Scenes,
But on Front Line of Diplomacy


Ambassadors and their diplomatic teams work hard to represent their countries, but there is another parallel track at each embassy that often works just as hard, sometimes 24/7, in a less obvious way: the consular corps. Read More