Foreign Policy Issues. SOTU 2015

Mr. Obama pivoted in his 2015 SOTU  speech to some of the most weighty foreign policy matters by stating, “I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership. We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building; when we
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The Nimble Mr. Morsi-Egypt’s New President

President Mohamed Morsi[1] is exhibiting surprising nimbleness on both Egypt’s  domestic front as well as on the international stage.  His public dressing-down last week of the Assad government signaled Morsi’s willingness to support the on-going toppling of autocratic reg
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It’s Summer

It’s SUMMER  and there are serious topics to be addressed. Serious topics abound:  the Obama/Romney presidential race is a regular sandbox fight-every week someone is throwing sand at some one else.   The U.S. economy remains precarious with uncertainty on the horizon.   Syria i
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What Price Would You Pay for Freedom?

In Syria, the price for freedom is one’s life. I attended a function this weekend for the Syrian American Council where the pragmatic view of the battle for freedom in Syria was sobering. The key speaker, Mr. Mohammad Al Abdallah was matter of fact when he said, “This is w
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Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia-the Middle East Triangle

The Middle East is a complex arrangement of nation-states with different identities and religious expressions.  Directly impacting the cultural complexities is the reality of geo-strategic interest.  At the start of 2012, Syria, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are central to the growing tensio
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Sentence of US Hikers in Iran

The report out of Iran this weekend was disappointing- to say the least! The sentence of the U.S. hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to eight years under the charges of illegal entry and espionage was unexpected. The chatter out of Iran had been that the two were likely to be released
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