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…
How often do politicians lie?
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There may be only one way to tell the truth, but there are at least five ways to "lie." And our politicians seem to be the master of this art. A scholar decides to teach this to his students.
Who is the audience for the commencement address?
American Presidents tend to use the commencement address to address the audience outside than within the graduation hall. This changes though if they go on to a second term.
Cuba’s pivot to the US is a signal to the region that its experiment with old-fashioned socialism will come to an end.
The historic warming of US-Cuban relations offers new opportunity for American entrepreneurs and Cuba's famously well-educated people – but it isn't good news for Latin American socialists.
The Vietnam War memorial in Washington DC.
The US government prefers to remember the Vietnam War with a sanitised official account – and to overlook the suffering that still goes on today.
Tsitsernakaberd Genocide memorial in Yerevan, Armenia.
A century on, the murder of 1.5m Armenians by the Ottoman Empire must be recognised as genocide.
In a candid 1962 conversation with a Guardian editor, President Kennedy unpacked his views on Cuba, the Soviet Union, and nuclear war. What can Obama learn from him?
They’re ready but how much of a difference will she make?
Women have made remarkable strides in politics but a Hillary Clinton White House would still have to contend with continuing sexism against women in public life.
UN lead climate negotiator Christiana Figueres (second from left) has been hailed as having the dynamism needed to drive the Paris talks.
The much-hyped 2009 Copenhagen climate summit yielded only a flimsy accord. But, as Nick Rowley writes in part 2 of his three-part essay on the 2015 Paris climate talks, there are several reasons why this year won't see another flop.
Hopes for a singular breakthrough at the 2009 Copenhagen climate talks were dashed, but that doesn’t mean the negotiating process isn’t making quiet progress.
Hopes are high that a global climate deal can be reached in Paris this year. In part 1 of a three-part essay on the prospects for such a deal, Nick Rowley sets out three myths about the UN talks that need to be dumped before we go forward.
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.
The letter’s author - freshman Senator Tom Cotton - fitting right in
This week’s open declaration of hostility by 47 Republican senators to any US agreement with Iran has generated much handwringing about the state of American domestic politics. The tone and manner of their…
The growing inequality that triggered the Occupy protests, such as this one in Bennington, Vermont, is now registering as an issue with politicians at the highest level.
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The opportunity gap between well-off and poor American children is vast and, more alarmingly still, it is growing. Some political leaders are starting to take note of the grim consequences.
Modern day American poverty: Slab City, CA
Robert Putnam's new book aims to make the social inequality a core issue in the 2016 campaign: a member of his research team explains how.
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.
Benjamin Netanyahu was the first foreign leader to be invited to address Congress without a US president’s consent or knowledge.
For many Israelis, the potential danger of a bad deal with Iran pales in comparison to the damage caused to US-Israeli relations by Benjamin Netanyahu’s trickery.
In this 2008 photograph, former ambassador to the United Kingdom Robert H Tuttle greets President George W. Bush. Prior to becoming an ambassador, Tuttle was known for his empire of car dealerships.
If you want a desirable ambassadorship, becoming a Foreign Service Officer and earning the relevant degrees – in other words, accumulating experience – might not be the best plan of action.
The FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile is the sort of ‘lethal defensive weapon’ the US may consider supplying to Ukraine.
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Barack Obama is considering supplying "lethal defensive weapons" to Ukraine. But how meaningful is that description? There are simply "weapons", all of which can be used for defence or for aggression.
President Obama’s publication of his 2015 National Security Strategy on February 6th is the kind of event that generates great heat and discussion among a relatively small group of policymakers, pundits…