Sharpening the Knives of Diplomacy

January 08, 2019

At the cutting edge of political thinking, there’s a new theory instructing us how to sharpen the knives of diplomacy. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Political scientist Joseph S. Nye, creator of the term “neoliberalism,” became known as an American analyst of the nature of...

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy

February 10, 2016

Foreign policy is too important to leave to the “professionals.” Through art and culture, we can all work to make the world a better place. The position of the body is the same. The figure is prone on the beach, near the water’s edge. The head is face down in the sand, and the face is just...

Making Sense of Future Conflicts

January 21, 2016

As the world becomes more urbanized, it is important to meet conflict challenges before they arise. A cursory glance at the 2015 Global Peace Index (GPI) makes for interesting reading. The GPI shows that the world has become less peaceful since 2008, which is largely attributed to the increase...

Thailand is Playing a Game of Smoke and Mirrors

January 05, 2016

While British and American officials are coming into conflict with the military, Thailand’s relationship with the EU has been hit. With Thailand’s slow road back to democracy looking like it has no end in sight, the military junta led by former General Prayuth Chan-ocha is looking for ways...

Is Diplomacy on Syria Nearing a Breakthrough?

August 14, 2015

After more than four years of violence, some observers see signs of an end to the diplomatic gridlock over the Syrian conflict. The Syrian Civil War has claimed the lives of nearly 250,000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. In the two months from June 9 alone, it...

Estonia is One of the Most Advanced E-Societies in the World

In this edition of the Interview, Fair Observer talks to Estonian Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus. The standoff between the European Union (EU) and Russia over eastern Ukraine has not left Estonia unaffected. Sharing a 294-kilometer border with Russia, Estonia has felt threatened...

Daring to Try: The US and Sectarianism in the Middle East (Part 2/2)

July 14, 2014

Through public and private diplomacy, the US can help deescalate Sunni-Shia tensions. The Sunni-Shia split is threatening to swallow the Middle East. Although this divide is centuries-old and has been aggravated by decades of missed opportunities and spilled blood, the...

New Zealand: Between Two Great Powers

February 23, 2014

New Zealand must tread carefully between China and the US. US-China relations will play a key role in shaping the Asia Pacific in the 21st century. Meanwhile, New Zealand faces the challenge of harnessing its improved ties with both superpowers to bolster forces of integration over those of...

The Illusion of AIPAC’s Invincibility

February 19, 2014

The illusion that AIPAC is invincible has been shattered. The defeat of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) ill-advised push for new sanctions on Iran in the midst of successful negotiations is nothing short of historic. The powerful and hawkish pro-Israeli lobby's...

India and the US: A Tale of Two Foreign Policies

December 24, 2013

The treatment of Khobragade underscores the real problem with US foreign policy. The US and India are engaged in a diplomatic row over the arrest and strip-search of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade. The deputy general consul has been charged with non-payment of the US minimum wage to her...

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