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Signs of Reinvigorating the NATO Alliance

Report 13 March 2009
This week marked the 10th anniversary of NATO’s expansion into the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Their inclusion into NATO helped stabilize the region, consolidate democracy, and firmly put these countries on the path to membership in the European Union. Yet, after eight years of neglect from Washington, the Alliance is struggling to redefine itself to address the challenges of the 21st century.There were important signs this week that efforts to reinvigorate the Alliance are beginning
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Diplomacy

50 Days: Obama's Foreign Policy Dramatically Different than Bush

Report 10 March 2009
Fifty days into the new administration, a close examination of foreign policy shows dramatic changes on three broad fronts, with early table setting steps giving way to action abroad and at home.  Not everything can or should change overnight, but skeptics' assertions that Obama' foreign policy is a continuation of Bush's is not supported by the facts.
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Russia

The Reset Button is Pushed on Russia: What Next?

Report 6 March 2009
Today, Secretary Clinton presented Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov with – literally – a “reset button” for the US-Russia relationship.  Her gesture at their first meeting capped forty days of positive signals to Moscow on the need to forge a new relationship based around “mutual respect” and  the urgent need for cooperation on a range of issues including Iran, Afghanistan, nonproliferation, and European – Russian relations.
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Russia

Clinton's "Reset" Button: "Overcharging"

News The Swamp - The Chicago Tribune's Washington, D.C. Bureau 6 March 2009
Diplomacy

A Comprehensive Strategy for the Middle East

Report 5 March 2009
Fewer than 50 days into his Presidency, Barack Obama has begun to set a different framework for how America deals with the Middle East. There is no question that today America’s choices and flexibility in the region are far greater than they were only 50 days ago.
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Diplomacy

A Powerful First Month of Symbolism and Substance

Report 20 February 2009
One month into his tenure, President Obama has demonstrated that he will transform several hallmarks of his campaign into a coherent approach to the world. A clear message has been sent, and received enthusiastically, from tv viewers in the Arab world to citizens on the streets of Ottawa.  Ultimately, they will be judged less on these early diplomatic actions than on their ability to produce results
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Afghanistan

Bush’s Failures in Afghanistan Will Make Life Difficult for Obama

Report 12 February 2009
As President Obama met with Secretary Gates to discuss the possibility of troop increases in Afghanistan, events underscored the terrible hand that the Bush administration dealt the new President. Rather than focus on Afghanistan, where the 9-11 attacks were plotted and where their planners took refuge, President Bush became distracted by Iraq. The resulting downward spiral is now the problem of the Obama Administration.
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Diplomacy

New Tone Struck At Munich – But Trans-Atlantic Challenges Remain

Report 9 February 2009
This year’s Munich Security Conference saw a change in tone from Americans and Europeans alike, as US leaders pledged to forge a new cooperative relationship and Europeans reciprocated appreciatively.
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New Challenges with Old Roots

Report 4 February 2009
The past few days have seen a series of troubling signals from around the world with Iran launching a new satellite, North Korea issuing new threats, and Russia influencing Kyrgyzstan to close the U.S. military base in Manas – a key supply route into Afghanistan.  All of these events raise serious concerns.  However, it is important to remember that foreign countries often take advantage of the transition in power to test a new administration and attempt to get to the top of the agenda.  Moreover, these incidents are also a reflection of the terrible foreign policy landscape that the Bush administration left behind.
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Diplomacy

Rebuilding America's Alliances

Report 24 November 2008
Barack Obama’s victory was greeted with massive enthusiasm and support from around the world. Obama's election as the 44th President of the United States presents an important opportunity to repair our relationship with our allies and restore America’s image around the globe.
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