Commentary en US and Russia work together against threat of nuclear terrorism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Innovative Elbe Group urges coordination to warn against nuclear menace. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Elbe Group </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts &mdash; It would seem that the relationship between the United States and Russia has once again settled into a sour state. Disagreements over missile defense in Europe are creating additional obstacles to a Russia-NATO summit planned for May.</p> <p> Russia and the US continue to disagree over policy toward Iran and Syria. But behind the front pages, there is significant cooperation happening between the US and Russia over an issue that both countries consider among the most serious facing them &mdash; nuclear terrorism.</p> <p> Next week, on March 26, Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev will meet in Seoul along with 50 other heads of state attending the second Nuclear Security Summit. One of the topics they will discuss is combating the threat from nuclear terrorism, a threat that Obama and Medvedev, and their predecessors, Presidents Bush and Putin, have called one of the most dangerous of our time.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Commentary Tue, 20 Mar 2012 17:45:00 +0000 The Elbe Group 5696888 at New approach needed to end Afghanistan's insurgency <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Commentary: Crisis Group chief urges the UN to replace the US as the lead peace negotiator. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Louise Arbour </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> BRUSSELS, Belgium &mdash; The current effort to negotiate with the insurgency in Afghanistan is not working. Nor is it ever likely to work as long as Washington continues to dominate the process while President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban are dragged along without enthusiasm.</p> <p> The signs are about as grim as they can be. The Taliban suspended talks in March with US officials in Qatar. There is ever more speculation about an accelerated drawdown of US and NATO forces. The differing parties &mdash; from the Afghan government to the Taliban leadership, to key regional and wider international actors &mdash; are looking ahead to the intense political competition sure to follow in the wake of NATO&rsquo;s withdrawal.</p> <p> In short, Afghanistan is on course for another civil war unless we see a major shift in policy. The only solution, itself a long-shot, is for the UN Security Council to mandate UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a dedicated team of negotiators to help lead the way toward a political settlement.</p> <p> <strong>More GlobalPost commentary:&nbsp;<a href="">Sex, drugs and Latin America</a></strong></p> <p> No matter how much the US and its NATO allies want to leave Afghanistan, and to leave it relatively secure, it is unlikely that a Washington-brokered power-sharing agreement will hold long enough to ensure that the achievements of the last decade are not reversed. As the recent chilling killings in Kandahar illustrate, US and NATO forces have been transformed in the eyes of many from liberators to occupiers. The vast majority of Afghans view the US in particular as a full party to the country&rsquo;s decades-long war.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Commentary Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:15:34 +0000 Louise Arbour 5700442 at US should not continue to insist on sanctions against Iran <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Commentary: Baghdad negotiations offer an opportunity for all sides to move forward. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mansour Salsabili </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Editor&rsquo;s note: The writer, Mansour Salsabili, is on leave from Iran&rsquo;s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A senior political expert, he is a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School&rsquo;s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He participated in a number of efforts ranging from UN reforms to the Non-Aligned Movement. The views expressed are entirely his own.</em></p> <p>CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts &mdash; Continuing to insist on sanctions against Iran will produce a bad deal for America.</p> <p>Why? Because this week Iran is putting on the table in Baghdad a number of concrete and tension-reducing offers in response to the earlier requests of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.</p> <p>These offers will have the strong support of Russia and China, and may attract positive votes from other European delegations as well. This will leave the US administration, which cannot force Congress to end sanctions, in the corner and in a passive position in any future talks.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Iran Commentary Political Risk Thu, 24 May 2012 10:20:00 +0000 Mansour Salsabili 5705375 at The Afghan Surge: Operation Disarray? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Commentary: Will religious purity and the barbarity it inspires persist after combat mission ends? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Malou Innocent </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, DC &mdash; A major goal of US President Barack Obama&rsquo;s &ldquo;surge&rdquo; of 33,000 troops in Afghanistan was to force the insurgency&rsquo;s less intractable elements to accept conditions for reconciliation. But as Afghans prepare for a post-NATO combat mission in 2014, a peace deal with the Taliban and other insurgent groups doesn&rsquo;t appear any closer. Indeed, heavily indoctrinated low-level fighters seem committed as ever to fighting on.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Commentary Commentary United States Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:11:00 +0000 Malou Innocent 5719583 at Opening up to Myanmar: Proceed with caution to protect the people WASHINGTON, DC — Aung San Suu Kyi’s widely heralded visit to the United States provides ample opportunity to celebrate her freedom and inspires high hopes for Myanmar’s transition to a more peaceful and democratic future. Yet her visit also reminds us that much more work remains to be done to achieve that goal for all the people of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. The international community must proceed with caution to ensure that progress toward greater openness and new commerce does not come at the cost of greater human rights abuses for Myanmar’s ethnic minorities.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Emerging Markets Myanmar Commentary Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:21:00 +0000 Dr. Robert Lawrence and Adam Richards 5720565 at Mideast protests are in rendition countries. Coincidence? RALEIGH, NC — Americans have watched in shock and perplexity as a wave of anti-US outrage sweeps the Muslim world. It behooves us to reflect on the reasons for such widespread Muslim anger – reasons that go deeper than a trashy anti-Islamic film.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Politics Middle East Commentary United States Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:15:48 +0000 Christina Cowger 5720752 at Twilight for the US in Afghanistan Commentary: Some say Afghanistan will return to civil war when US forces leave. However, civil war never ended. Our Afghan war has morphed into a war against the Pashtuns, a conflict in which foreign armies have had little success over the centuries. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afghanistan Afghanistan War Commentary Commentary United States Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:48:10 +0000 HDS Greenway 5721249 at US Christian right links with Zimbabwe’s Mugabe to suppress gay rights BOSTON, Mass. — In recent weeks, police have descended on the Harare offices of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), seizing the group’s publications and computers as evidence, they claimed, in an ongoing investigation. The police sought to also arrest staff, but the organization’s lawyer has kept them free for now. The gay rights activist organization is — absurdly — accused of seeking to overthrow President Robert Mugabe’s government and teaching people to commit acts of sodomy.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Commentary Zimbabwe Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:48:02 +0000 Kapya Kaoma 5721252 at Removing Radical Iranian Group from Terrorist List a Cynical Decision LONDON ¬– Take a large dollop of Washington influence buying, a portion of hypocrisy and a dash of duplicity. Stir them in the cauldron of a presidential campaign and heat them with national security rhetoric. That’s the recipe that produced what looks like one of the most cynical decisions in current American policy.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Iran Commentary United States Wed, 03 Oct 2012 10:53:54 +0000 Tom Fenton 5721462 at The greatest threat to Uganda's future? The mosquito KAMPALA, Uganda – This week marks the 50th anniversary of Uganda’s independence, and the capital of Kampala has been noisy with celebration. My country has overcome a violent past, but hope is daily threatened by a force more deadly than any warlord or civil unrest. The greatest threat to Uganda’s future is the common mosquito. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Commentary Uganda Commentary Health Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:23:00 +0000 Dr. Christine J.D. Ondoa 5722176 at Compared to his predecessors, Obama has done little for Africa NEW YORK, NY — There is a palpable thrill in Africa at the prospects of a second term for President Obama, even though in his foreign policy, Africa has not been a priority. Compared to his predecessors, presidents Clinton and Bush, he achieved little.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Commentary Commentary Health United States Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:24:00 +0000 Alagi Yorro Jallow 5722178 at More women in the workforce to sustain “Made in Germany” Commentary: Chancellor Merkel’s promise to her conservative coalition partner, the CSU, to enact a childcare subsidy for keeping toddlers out of public daycare, will take more women out of Germany’s workforce. It is an antediluvian measure when the EU is proposing quotas for women in the boardroom, and will not help Germany in its quest to boost its birthrate. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Europe Germany Commentary Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:22:00 +0000 Sudha David-Wilp 5722353 at Somalia’s fragile hope is linked to Ethiopia MINNEAPOLIS -- No sooner had Somalia's clan-appointed legislators elected a president, the first in more than 42 years in this Horn of Africa nation, than Kenyan troops dislodged the Islamist military group Al-Shabab from its last stronghold, the port town of Kismayo. As important a turnaround as this is, it hardly signals that two decades of anarchy have been overcome.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Commentary Somalia Commentary Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:59:00 +0000 Hassen Hussein 5722357 at Final Debate Reveals Differences on Foreign Policy OWL’S HEAD, Maine – It was clear that Mitt Romney's strategy during the final presidential debate on foreign policy was to be moderate, temperate – "presidential" his supporters said afterwards. But what came across was a candidate who was cautious, particularly compared to his previous debates, more interested in not putting his foot in his mouth than in challenging President Obama.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Elections Commentary United States Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:26:30 +0000 Mac Deford 5723711 at The little-known US-Soviet confrontation during Yom Kippur War JERUSALEM – The largest naval confrontation of the Cold War occurred 39 years ago this month and it was not the Cuban missile crisis.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Conflict Zones Military Israel and Palestine Commentary Russia United States Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:24:51 +0000 Abraham Rabinovich 5723833 at