Bill Burns is the former deputy Secretary of State and former U.S. Ambassador to both Russia and Jordan. Burns discussed his career in government and his current role as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The Ukraine showdown is even scarier and more dangerous than most people think: President Putin is making it up as he goes along.
The most immediately pressing objective of U.S. policy should be to apply vigorous, creative diplomatic and political energy to prevent another crisis between India and Pakistan, and if one cannot be prevented, to manage it with minimal escalation.
Caught in a dangerous game of chicken, the West cannot afford to lose sight of the importance of stable relations with Russia.
The nuclear weapon programs in China, India, and Pakistan are worthy of attention because they are active, expanding, and diversifying at a time when the overall global trend remains a continuing contraction of nuclear inventories.
Perceptions of public safety in India are not driven by urbanisation per se; rather, these are likely driven by the infrastructure and amenities associated with the largest cities in India.
Unless a farsighted Central government can champion campaign finance reforms, the after-effects of the ill-fated 1969 ban on company donations are likely to be felt long after its 45th anniversary.
The uncertain health of the sultan of Oman has heightened concern about the future of the country. Amid mounting popular frustration, criticism of Qaboos bin Said Al Said has emerged. There are several measures the regime can undertake to avoid further unrest.
The U.S. government has some very good ideas about how to apply civilian tools to help stabilize fragile states and staunch the spread of extremism more effectively. The problem is not a lack of insight or strategic direction—the problem is in the execution.
There seems to be no obvious exit scenario from the current turmoil in Bangladesh.
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