There is a major crisis looming in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. President Joseph Kabila is facing a constitutionally imposed term limit, yet he clearly wants to stay in power. And unable to fundamentally change the constitution, it seems...
Presumably, after serving several years in various top positions in Washington, Leon Panetta understands how the imbalance between defense and civilian national resources undermines American long term security interests. But I do wonder if he'll be as forceful an advocate for the cause as Robert Gates.
By denying Mendez access to Bradley Manning, the United States not only looks like it has something to hide about the treatment of this one individual, but it is undermining the entire system of international human rights monitoring.
The most famous former United States Ambassador to the United Nations (hint: he was a Republican president) is supporting the nomination of Joseph M. Torsella as U.S. Ambassador for Management and Reform. But will the Senate give him an up or down vote?
An announcement by President Obama that the United States would support India's ascension to a permanent seat on the Security Council is less about the future of the Security Council and more about firming up India as a reliable American ally.