Bulgaria's anti-government protests have turned violent. It is time for the Communists to go.
World powers are on the verge of a breakthrough on Iran's nulcear program that would dramatically change the Middle East.
Students have indefinitely occupied universities all over the country in support of the protests against Plamen Oresharski's mafia-backed government. It's about time.
Negotiating a diplomatic compromise on Iran's nuclear program and the threat it poses will be difficult, but there's a chance for a huge breakthrough.
We are inheriting a world that holds some important paradoxes, and it is up to us to fix them while cleaning up the Boomers' mess.
Over three months of nonstop protests demanding the resignation of the Oresharski government deepen Bulgaria's political crisis to new levels.
North Korea is restarting its main nuclear site and the implications are important, but diplomacy is the only way to handle the risks.
Unlike the Cuban crisis, the most important variable now is dynamic hot conflict and the time to make choices is dramatically less.
Very little analysis has been focused on the consequences of official external military interference in Syria.
As international tensions over an intervention in Syria grows and WMDs enter the scene, we are entering a high stakes phase in the Mideast - the risk is a world war.
If the DMZ is a metaphor for anything, it is that nature’s harmony can be restored in the shadow of war, even between fences and on top of landmines.
While North Korea might be willing to talk again, its behavior has implications for neighboring countries, including Japan.
Syria and nuclear politics are two reasons that Washington has to start talking with Teheran. Not doing so can turn out to be very dangerous for all.
It is hard to expect a lot of North Korea's willingness to talk, but it could be the beginning of a slow drive toward peace.
1150 years ago on May 24, the Reformation started in eastern Europe.
The potential for Pyongyang to enter the nuclear business should be of more concern than the amount of warheads it has.
'Foreign Policy's' Bennett Ramberg argues for the re-deployment of American nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula in order to check Pyongyang's rhetoric. This is a bad idea, and here's why.
David Rothkopf's recent column in Foreign Policy on women's rights is on the right track, but then falls short. Here's why.
North Korea is shifting towards exporting manufactures of higher added value, but its strategic reliance on the import of raw materials has not changed. The resulting trade deficit is a problem.
North Korea is starting to deflate its belligerency, but these cycles of tensions and release could be fatal in the future. The U.S. must realize that it is time for a new type of diplomacy.
The attack on Boston is no different than an attack in Baghdad, Karachi or Kabul. It proves that terrorism is still an ever-present threat in our modern world.
With the threat of famine and a badly-managed command economy, North Korea's limited resources need to go socioeconomic development rather than the military.
A heavily regulated currency, uncompetitive economy, inflation, and the ghost of Eastern European socialism suggest that North Korea is in for tough times ahead.
How does North Korea produce enough resosources to keep itself operational? The answer partly lies in the Kaesong Industrial Zone.
The deal on Cyprus is a Pyrrhic victory, securing short-term gains by forsaking economic recovery for a long time to come. Cyprus is the fifth country to line up at the EU’s fiscal soup kitchen.
The end of the armistice and the disconnection of a critical phone line between the Koreas not only pushes diplomacy back 60 years, but questions the wisdom of sanctions further still.
Women like Angela Merkel, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Hillary Clinton, and Condoleezza Rice have proven themselves to be adept international leaders, and the world needs more of them.
Pyongyang's nuclear threats significantly escalate the rhetoric and tensions, and while this round might not lead to war, we are entering truly dangerous territory.
The most recent video out of Pyongyang paints North Korea in the confrontational foreign policy colours we know and love, but quiet changes suggest the reality is different
North Korea can launch rockets into space and conduct repeated nuclear tests. This reality cannot be removed, but it can be managed.
Millennials face a paradox: We're the most educated and arguably most competitive generation since, well, ever — yet we find ourselves stunted before even taking off. This is how we deal with it.
Although the State of the Union speech was rather plain, it nonetheless contained several important initiatives critical to the country's future.
President Obama will address the United States on Tuesday about current and future challenges. On the menu Tuesday: jobs, the economy and foreign policy
Iran may be an interesting destination for many, but the current political climate makes such a journey risky and dangerous for North Americans...but not impossible.
Iran and the United States hold the potential for an alliance that could be very valuable, in light of America's diminishing capabilities and the negative aftermath of the Arab Spring.
The Friday bombing is likely an intentional message to the West to not intervene in Syria, but also a reminder to the U.S. that its Mideast policy is in crisis.
Painting Chuck Hagel as anti-Israel is irrational and conceited. The facts say he is the right man for the job.
A war with Iran would be a disaster with global consequences, but the risk of one remains high, as Netanyahu might flex foreign policy muscle against lagging domestic support after the elections.
The group's hacking and leaking practices are controversial, but they are as much needed as they are deplorable.
World news agencies are awash with the attempted attack in Bulgaria on Ahmed Dogan, the party leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms. Here's why this is just a PR stunt.
Debt will again be at the front of global economic headlines this year, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Kim Jong-un's desire for more publicity is sign of things to come in North Korea.
Developments in India and China could warrant a real conversation on missile defence between Washington and Moscow.
The Republican Party is a lot like a failing dictatorship; it is the end game before an inevitable change.
From Mohammed Morsi to Aleksander Lukashenko, the cast of political egomaniacs remains interesting for 2013.
If you thought the space race ended in the 1970s, think again. From the Curiosity rover to the 100 Year Spaceship Study, the world turned once again to the skies in 2012.
The UN claims that the civil war in Syria is turning increasingly sectarian, and the evidence confirms it.
If you follow the daily news cycle, it is predominantly one of death, destruction and suffering. Here are the 10 signs that the world is indeed coming to an end.
North Korea has never been completely self-sufficient or isolated. Global trends are going to enforce that even more, and Kim Jong-un's job is to reform his country to meet the challenges ahead.
Argentina's Madres de Plaza de Mayo might just provide a template for healing war-torn societies in the Middle East.
The Arab Spring promised democracy, love and peace in the Middle East. That is, until reality ended the delusion.
Obama's first European visitor since winning reelection is Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov – what it says about Obama's foreign policy.
In the annual Munk debate Fareed Zakaria and Vali Nasr argue Iran is no threat, while Charles Krauthammer and Amos Yadlin argue Iran is a danger to the world. Who was right?
While the EU is fundamentally challenged in finding agreement for the 2014-2020 programming period, the situation is negotiable.
A user-generated interview with NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, courtesy of Atlantic Community, on the role of women in international security.
President Obama's visit to Myanmar indicates the same strategy Washington used with China once upon a time, and the results may be just as good.
The Arab Spring is a beautiful and tragic geopolitical ploy. The Israel-Iran war is closer than ever, and it has been in the words since the first uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
Kurdistan is the intersection of global interests and Iraq must balance that with a dilemma between war, peace, stability and democracy.
Obama must work with a divided country, a faltering economy and a precarious fiscal situation to balance domestic and foreign policy commitments. The job only gets harder from here.
Back in 2008, I liked Obama, but thought he would be a one-term president. I'm happy to have been proven wrong.
As the polls close and the results start coming in, the outcome in Ohio might as well decide who will be president. National coverage on the electoral college also included.
Potentially less than 50% might come out to vote on Tuesday. Is American democracy in crisis?
America is doing better under Obama, the world thinks, but more work needs to be done. Starting with bipolar girlfriends, whose name starts with P and ends with -akistan.
Another curious poll reveals how our other dysfunctional exes feel about the elections. It gets to be one hot mess of, "It's complicated."
A recent BBC poll shows overwhelming global support for Obama. Only America's bipolar girlfriend, Pakistan, thinks otherwise.
In order to continue to be relevant, feminism has to have a conversation with itself about its relationship with society, both domestically and internationally.
Pundit Kristian Bailey says American foreign policy is colonialist. That's not entirely true, and here's why.
Obamney won the debate ... here's how and why.
Follow along live for coverage of the foreign policy debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney in Boca Raton, Florida. Witty one-liners included.
The president ties up Romney in the debate tally, but the race is as tight as ever after their debate at Hofstra University in New York.
Vice President Joe Biden won the VP debate on Thursday, showing his experience in debating, his strong knowledge of foreign policy, and his assertiveness on the economy.
Find out how Vice President Joe Biden defeated Paul Ryan at the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney flops on foreign policy. Again. Here's a breakdown on where the presidential hopeful stands on foreign policy issues.
Electricity exports are worth billions and Iran is a net exporter. With a potentially self-sufficient nuclear program, we have to re-think diplomacy by sanctions.
5 reasons why current debates about Iran's nuclear policy are completely misinformed and misguided.
The infiltration of radical Islamist foreign fighters into Syria puts into question the entire reason for the Syrian civil war. It's time to reconsider Bashar Assad.
The introduction of the YARS missile and the beginning of hypersonic weapon development signal a change for Russian strategic posture.
As tensions get red-hot in the Persian Gulf, cool heads, peace and diplomacy must prevail.
One of the smallest countries in Europe holds some of the biggest complexes on the continent. Here's why.
The West must rethink its Middle East foreign policy. At the same time, Islam must reconsider its views as they relate to the rest of the world.
The tragedy of September 11, 2001 is a microcosm of the past and the future for American foreign policy.
Stephen Harper's conservative government is endangering Canada's standing in the world.
The Parti Quebecois won the provincial elections in Quebec, but secession is not likely despite the rhetoric.
Most Americans think coup d’états are only Third World problems. They're wrong.
In trying to understand Iranian and Syrian politics, worldviews and political culture are the buzzwords, not irrational rationalism and war-mongering propaganda.
The civil war in Syria could collapse the balance of power in the Mideast. Depending on how things go, it could be very bloody, or we can have peace.
Syria will cause us to re-evaluate Western foreign policy towards the Mideast fundamentally.
The Russian Akula submarine found roving the Gulf of Mexico is not surprising. It can be explained if put in the context of Russia's traditional foreign policy style.
Analyzing Iran's strategic outlook fits into a perfectly rational idea of a peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear program.
What we can learn from Mitt Romney, Sikh, sheik, and flying shoes.
What do the Greek debt crisis and America's gun problem have in common? The fact that both countries live in denial about their most pressing national problems.
The destruction of historical monuments erases the record of past civilizations for the short-sighted egoism of today's living people. We should do something about it.
Romney could pull us closer to hostilities with Iran.
The bus explosions in Burgas, Bulgaria, killed 7 Israelis and injured 30. This may be the beginning of a larger scale international conflict, and yet is one more reason to keep diplomacy going.
Kim Jong-un is trying to carve out his mark on the country, but is doing it at the price of further international isolation.
Tehran has begun a three-day missile exercise in the northeast of the country with twin objectives: maintaining a blockade on the Hormuz Strait and fighting as far away as Israel.
Access to Russian and Chinese markets, vast resources and a small population are the ingredients for Mongolia's superpower status
Young people, new ideas and beer diplomacy in Brussels. Help me make this a reality!
Greece will choose today between the lesser of two evils -- New Democracy or Syriza. Follow the live updates here.
Citizens of Russia flooded the streets of Moscow yesterday in protest against the government of Vladimir Putin. The protesters seek a legitimate space for themselves within the fabric of Russia.
While debating the future of Libya, we are missing the fundamental details. Gadaffi was not nearly as hated as Syria's Assad, yet Assad is still alive. Perhaps Gadaffi just knew too much.
The DDG-1000's large price tag and limited numbers in an age of austerity make it a dubious investment now — but not in the long term.
Looking at the euro zone as a country in hyperinflation trying to normalize makes suprising sense.
A euro on two gears can save the unity of the euro zone and prepare the ground for tangible recovery in Europe.
Bulgaria is a country of contrasts, good and bad. It is also at a geopolitical nerve point and has negotiated this tough position for centuries. This is an inside look into Bulgaria today.
Finally some good news on Iran's nuclear program. Iran's nuclear negotiator and the IAEA have agreed to allow UN inspectors to visit the country's nuclear sites.
175 released letters between Bin Laden and Islamic organizations reveal how OBL was a living legend in terror circles, but had lost his relevance in the years since 2001.
The U.S. and Russia plan hotline to prevent cyber war.
One thing became clear after Marco Rubio's major foreign policy address at Brookings on Wednesday: he's just George W. in a Florida Senator's body.
North Korea is all talk, but short of nuclear sterilization, it is hard to imagine any weapon that can weak such havoc on the South in such a short time.
For his second term, Obama should focus on having an adequate budget for an effective foreign policy and focus it on the Pacific, Middle East and Russia.
The Middle East and Global Finance are the areas where Obama can do more in his second term.
President Obama has had a mixed first term, but he is on the right track.
After a failed rocket launch, North Korea will try a nuclear test to compensate.
God might exist, but the Abrahamic religions are an obstacle. Quantum physics will lead us to find the fundamental mechanisms of the universe.
Washington has to take Pyongyang seriously on its upcoming rocket launch, but this is a political stunt rather than a serious threat. North Korea cannot afford to strike the United States.
Washington maintains diplomatic course with Teheran for a potential peaceful resolution, but Israel and Iran must do more.
A look at how the next generation of Eastern Europeans will impact the region.
A new report confirms North Korea’s intention to launch its own weather satellite. President Obama urged Pyongyang to call off the launch, and suspended food aid to the country.
One can't stand the U.S. on a higher pedestal than China or Russia.
The debate about Iran is heating up because Israel is worried that it could lose its status as the lone superpower in the Middle East.
Prime Minister Netanyahu's North American tour indicates that he is alone in advocating a war with Iran. Diplomacy thus remains the only choice.
While America’s relative position is becoming weaker, we must construe it not as a decline, but a transition towards a new global political society and economy of unprecedented complexity.
When it comes to nuclear management on the international level, in the long run confrontation has always given way to diplomacy.
If Saudi Arabia goes nuclear, together with Iran, the Middle East will experience signifcant geopolitical shifts.
A comprehensive politico-technical nuclear treaty between Israel and Iran is the way out of the crisis.
The conflagration that may spark from Israeli preemptive action against Iran will be a disaster for Israel.
If Washington can engage India constructively on nuclear issues after 30 years of pretending New Delhi did not have nuclear technology, the same is possible with Iran.
If a country possesses domestically-grown nuclear technology, not only does it become a competitive exporter, but its own industries, technology, research and education improve.
There is no need for the current state of tensions with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Historically, Washington has overcome initial disputes to form pragmatic relations with nuclear states.
Here's why the U.S. should accept Iran in the nuclear club without reservation.
The deadlock and polarization in the American political system might be solved through an introduction of parliamentary democracy.
Our world is fundamentally different from the one that was in the 1920s and 1930s, and different dynamics are at work when talking about the current economic crisis.
As America withdraws from the Middle East, other states like Iran, Turkey, and Pakistan look set to fill the void.
The pragmatic approach for Kim Jong Un would be to go towards the gradual reintroduction of North Korea into the international system.
Hypersonic weapons present a challenge to military planners and will cause a reshuffle in global strategic balances.
Canada's foreign policy offers a model for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation organization to pursue more multilateralism and integration.
The recent signing of a free trade agreement with Brazil and an upcoming deal with the EU set the stage for a significant shift in Canadian foriegn economic policy.
Building the pipeline will be beneficial to the U.S. and reinforce Canada's attempts at gaining more influence on a global stage.
We need to analyze power beyond classic realism to understand the growing multipolarity of the world, and what it means to be a "superpower" today.
Including more women in Libya's political process would help to plant the seeds of democracy for the country.
Women are integral participants in conflicts around the world, but fail to be included in conflict resolution.
The nature of America's global security interests and vulnerabilities means that it should be the last country to ratify the CTBT.
The geopolitical competition between America and China can be resolved through the development of a north Pacific collective security community.
A defensive military doctrine and deepening international cooperation are needed for a stable U.S. foreign policy in an age of fiscal and economic austerity.
The U.S. military faces much of the same challenges in this era of fiscal austerity as the USSR did two decades ago.
As European members fail to meet NATO budget benchmarks, the EU structural defense fund can make up the difference.
Foreign aid is a band-aid for famines in East Africa. The long-term solution lies in encouraging food self-sufficiency and stability.
The U.S is a favorite for cyber attacks, but it will not be long before these crimes become a global issue in need of a global solution.
The economic woes of both Greece and America show striking similarities: an unchecked, partisan policy environment.
Russia does not need missile defense cooperation, nor does its historical relationship with the West encourage such a project.
To determine the future of Greece one only has to look at the painful political and socio-economic transitions of its Eastern European neighbors.
Diplomacy will end the conflict in Libya. A two state solution would be too costly, a pro-longed war counter-productive.
The jet gives America a technological and military edge that it should strive to keep.
China's growing power is leading a new multipolar world in which America will not always be on top.
Dropping the EU's arms embargo with China would help European countries better collaborate with the Chinese, which would help maintain global peace.
China can't be directly compared to the U.S. when making judgments on which nation is stronger. Rather, China should be seen in the context of its own history, policies, and potential.
America has hinged its foreign policy actions over the last decade on Osama bin Laden. That threat is now gone, so the U.S. must now find a new target to wage the War on Terror against.
The African Union is increasingly becoming a supranational agent that has the capacity to assert an African position in world affairs, as was recently seen in the Libya crisis.
Egyptian protests are not just about Egypt's future, but the future of autocratic regimes across the Middle East. The Tunisian and Egyptian riots may bring about a paradigm shift in the region.
First Greece, then Ireland: Who will be the next European country to fall? The global economic crisis has left the future of the Eurozone in jeopardy.