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Countering Genocide

War crimes and genocide, from the Holocaust of World War II to Ukraine today, and many other places on earth.  Moved by his experience of the civil rights movement as a youth in the South, Ed O’Donnel devoted his life to preventing the...

Ukraine: Strategy and The Will to Fight

No one guessed Ukraine could succeed in combatting Putin. How has the country done it? What has Putin got wrong? General Ben Freakley is back with insights on the will to fight, military strategy, and values-based leadership.   Check out this...

Do Sanctions Work?

What, exactly, is a sanction?  An embargo?  How do they help Ukraine and the West defeat Putin’s aggression?  Are they working? Why not put boots on the ground instead?  Elizabeth Shackelton has a lot to say on the matter...

I Would Rather Be America

The Ukraine war – a threat or an opportunity, or both?  It’s too ealry to tell, says congressional candidate and USAID veteran Dave Harden, but in a rise of great power competition – Russia, China and the US – I would...

Energy Diplomacy and the War in Ukraine

Energy Diplomacy and the War in Ukraine

Gas and Oil, Russia, Europe, the US, Azerbaijan, China and the war in Ukraine.  Rich Kauzlerich, expert on energy diplomacy, explains that sanctions work, but that this is certainly no time for a victory lap.  
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Where Is Latin America on Putin’s Aggression?

Where Is Latin America on Putin’s Aggression?

Most of the world is united in its condemnation of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, with the conspicuous absence of comment from Latin America.  Why?  Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas, unpacks. Check out...

There Is Always Hope

What better way to launch a depressive episode than to leave a beloved job as US Ambassador to Panama, at the pinacle of one’s career, all because one cannot in good conscience act as the personal representative of a particular US President...

Black History as Experienced by Michael Peay

For Michael Peay, one of the first African Americans to serve in the Office of the Legal Adviser, the (incredibly hard) work was “tremendous fun!” When faced with racial prejudice, his wisdom carried him through: “You treat...

Ukraine – What’s Putin’s Game?

Ukraine – What’s Putin’s Game?

Russian mothers, mud season, urban warfare. These are among the threats limiting Putin’s ability to agress in Ukraine. Bill Courtney, expert on Central Asia, wheighs both Putin’s and Ukraine’s options and risks in the increasingly...

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