The American people used to get more information in common.
Micro-targeted online advertising has destroyed how Americans share experiences and a common knowledge base. The fix for this societal and political problem is as simple now as it was in 1840.
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As in comedy, timing can be vital in politics too. To say outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry’s criticism of Israel is a bit late is putting it mildly. No matter how valid some of Kerry’s belated observations…
Senator John F. Kennedy speaks to supporters at Chicago Stadium four days before the 1960 election.
While it's unprecedented to call an election 'rigged' before voting has even taken place, there is a history of candidates crying foul after suspicious results.
Some Americans are fearful of allowing Syrians to resettle in the U.S.
The US has met its goal for resettling Syrian refugees in 2016, and will aim to take in 110,000 more in 2017. A migration expert examines whether fears of their arrival are well founded.
Street protests in Turkey are denouncing the ‘traitors’, but the government has offered little solid evidence against those it accuses of plotting a coup.
The Turkish government is accusing the Gülen movement of being behind the recent coup attempt, but there are reasons to doubt the claim.
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The world has singularly failed to find a path forward for Syria – or to stop the Assad government flagrantly violating all efforts to stop the conflict.
The Free Syrian Army standing lookout.
On February 11 a Syrian ceasefire was signed in Munich. Few are optimistic it will hold. Why? Because, argues one Middle Eastern scholar, world leaders are ignoring key realities.
After a missile hit in Damascus.
Why there's a slender -- a very slender -- chance for working out a settlement at upcoming talks in New York.
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John Kerry and 20 diplomats came together Saturday to seek a way toward peace in Syria. A former Indian ambassador to Syria believes good progress was made.
The 1975 crisis surrounding the dismissal of the Whitlam government was brought about in part by the nature of Australia’s constitutional arrangements.
Is the Dismissal a moment that will become even more significant if the push for Australia to become a republic gains momentum?
Arriving in Lesbos, Greece from Syria.
Afghan, Syrian and Eritrean refugees keep arriving on Europe’s shores, reputedly at an increasing rate. They attempt to traverse the Mediterranean by land and sea, presumably hastened by Putin’s bombing…
Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adaweya Square before and after the August 14 massacre of more than 800 peaceful protesters in 2013.
Two years ago, on August 14, more than 800 protesters against a coup were massacred in Cairo. A court recently upheld the death sentence for Egypt's ousted elected leader.
Getting ready for Congress.
In an all-out promotional blitz, John Kerry spoke at a hastily arranged Q&A July 24 to a Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Five days later, he faced two less restrained audiences, testifying…
Walking in sync.
A scholars' panel looks at the diplomacy, the science and the pragmatism behind the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Iran and six world powers.
John Kerry talks trade with workers at Boeing
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Washington is in the midst of a heated debate over President Obama’s proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. It certainly has created some unorthodox political bedfellows. The president is…
Now what will the people think?
Polls in Iran and US underscore the mutual popular mistrust that could scuttle a final deal.
Jubilation in the streets of Tehran after news of the deal which means sanctions will be lifted.
Iran is celebrating this historic deal – along with the rest of the world. But Iran's religious leader can still throw a spanner in the works.
Speak to the hand.
Scholars weigh in on the Israeli Prime Minister's warning that current negotiations are "paving the way" to an Iranian bomb.
Eye of the tiger?
Ministers from 21 countries gathered in London on January 22 to discuss the fight against Islamic State (IS). They had their photo opportunity and issued their statements. US secretary of state, John Kerry…
Marching in unity.
We have now had time to digest the tragic events in Paris. The press has made its predictable set of news cycles in the last two weeks. They have covered the actual events themselves. Then, in America…