U.S. Politics

Losing a Voice for International Justice in the Senate

Senator Chris Dodd announced today that he will not be running for re-elecion. He was one of the Senates staunchest supporters of international justice and the United Nations.

Senator Chris Dodd announced today that he will not be running for re-election as U.S. Senator from Connecticut. Dodd was first elected to the Senate in 1980, and in during his 30 year career on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he emerged as one of the more thoughtful voices of constructive U.S.

Dodd leaves Senate one Americas expert short

Senator Dodd's somewhat surprise decision not to stand for re-election leaves the Senate Foreign Relations Committee without its resident Latin America expert.

Boy am I annoyed that FP Passport beat me to the punch on this one, though Obama missed it too.

What About Additional Screening for Entrants from Visa Waiver Countries?

UPDATE: An expert on the Visa Waiver Program weighs in.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is mandating that airline passengers from a few countries will be selected for special screening.   From the Washington Post:

Susan Rice articulates a brave new way of approaching global stability

Susan Rice delivered a blockbuster speech titled A New Course in the World, a New Approach at the UN at New York University. Excerpts don't do it justice, but these few graphs articulate an important and profoundly new way of viewing international relations. (NB a link to her full speech is not yet available. I'll post the link as soon as it goes online.)

Bill Clinton chooses diplomacy over nuclear self-destruction

On Bill Clinton's successful diplomatic trip morally repugnant capitulation to North Korea, Spencer Ackerman's satirical take is all you really need to consult:

The problem of crony ambassadorships

Scott Horton sounds a clarion call against the regular phenomenon of presidents' rewarding campaign supporters with choice ambassador positions. He writes, "The process cheapens our diplomatic relations and sends a bad message to the states to which these ambassadors are sent. And it’s getting cruder and greedier."  I agree, but there is also a less stated reason for objecting to this process: the toll it takes on the foreign service bureaucracy.   

Diplomats accuse Congressional Coup Caucus of stoking Cold War fears

To mark the one month anniversary of the military coup that deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, select press, think tankers, members of the diplomatic (including at least a dozen ambassadors "from Canada to Chile") gathered at the Argentine Embassy in Washington for a reception for the Minister of Communications for the "Constitutional Government of Honduras" Enrique Reina.  

Victory for the Save Darfur movement, or the next challenge?

If you haven't looked at Mark's thoughtful consideration on the place of the Darfur advocacy movement in today's world of Sudan policymaking, read it now.
I largely agree with Mark's analysis, but I'd offer a different possible conclusion: instead of the end of the "Save Darfur" community's role, this may be a make-or-break moment for Darfur advocacy, or even for foreign policy advocacy writ large.

Cooperative foreign policy

I disagreed with Peter Scoblic on another point earlier, so I have to give him credit for nailing the essence of Hillary Clinton's speech yesterday:

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