The US State Department announced today that it will provide nonlethal aid to two Syrian rebel groups, the Syrian Opposition Coalition and the Free Syrian Army. Both of these groups support and actively fight alongside the Al Nusrah Front for the Peopl... Read more »
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My weekly FP column just went up: "Welcome to the Middle East, Mr. Secretary -- here's what to expect." The column offers John Kerry some friendly advice on what he is likely to hear and what he should say in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Egypt. Besides some suggestions on Syria and Egypt, I urge him to bring up democracy and human rights issues on all of his stops -- including raising Bahrain and Mohammed Fahd al-Qahtani in all the Gulf capitals -- no matter how awkward that might seem. There's only one chance to make first impressions, and not mentioning them will speak volumes.
I was pretty happy to be able to work "Louis Vuitton John" into the piece, though I couldn't find a place for the full lyrical reference: "since I signed the con I'm Louis Vuitton John heading out to Ram to eat up all the shwarm." That's what blogs are for.
And since I couldn't figure out how to get the inspiration for the piece's title into the actual column, I'm thrilled to be able to post it here (thanks Erin!): Welcome to the Middle East, John Kerry.. Hope You Survive the Experience!
I'll have more discussion of it in a later post, but for now I just wanted to be sure that blog readers knew about it. After getting Big Sean and a classic X-Men meme into an FP article, my work here is done.Read more »
By Chris Lundry Indonesian Islamist site syabab.com featured a story on Syria’s embattled leader Bashar al-Assad which states that his looming demise is the culmination of a “Western Plot.” This “news” is fascinating for those who have paid even just a little attention to events as they unfold in Syria. Didn’t the US and the West equivocate for months as Assad murdered his own people? Was that part of the plan? Was part of the […] Read more »
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Tara Sonenshine, gave a speech yesterday at Harvard University where she made the argument for public diplomacy. It becomes particularly compelling at a time of uncertainty, where budgets could be significantly constrained. Read more »
By: Dave Dilegge The National Interest book review by Gary Hart: Stanley McChrystal, My Share of the Task: A Memoir. Read more »
For American public diplomacy, engaging with foreign audiences face-to-face continues to be an invaluable asset for promoting mutual understanding and the values of American culture. The State Department’s American Spaces programs are traditional tools in that effort. Read more »
By: Dave Dilegge
Continue on for today's SWJ news and opinion roundup.Read more »
This impending cut to the defense budget isn't abstract: the Army expects looming budget cuts to mean fewer funerals and longer wait times for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Read more »