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Newsmotion - Foreign Policy http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/28/all en President Obama Visits the Dutch Embassy: "We're All Heartbroken by What's Happened" http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-visits-dutch-embassy-were-all-heartbroken-whats-happened <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Visits the Dutch Embassy: &quot;We&#039;re All Heartbroken by What&#039;s Happened&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 07/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="embed"> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/p072214ps-02852.jpg?itok=fG48Hggp" alt="President Barack Obama visits the Embassy of the Netherlands" title="President Barack Obama visits the Embassy of the Netherlands" width="430" height="287" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Barack Obama visits the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington, D.C., July 22, 2014, to sign a condolence book honoring those who were lost in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. Standing with President Obama is Peter Mollema, the deputy chief of mission for the Netherlands Embassy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </div> <p>President Obama <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/22/remarks-president-embassy-netherlands">visited the Embassy of the Netherlands</a> this morning, signing a condolence book for those killed in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine. In the condolence&nbsp;book, the President wrote:</p> <blockquote><p>On behalf of the American people, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of the Netherlands as they mourn the loss of so many family and friends. No words can adequately express the sorrow the world feels over this loss. It is made more acute by the deep ties of friendship between our two countries. Bound by that friendship, we will not rest until we are certain that justice is done.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/22/president-obama-visits-dutch-embassy-were-all-heartbroken-whats-happened" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/22/president-obama-visits-dutch-embassy-were-all-heartbroken-whats-happened" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/22/president-obama-visits-dutch-embassy-w...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama David Hudson Foreign Policy Gaza Malaysia Netherlands Obama Speaks Official Pete Souza Peter Mollema Russia The President Ukraine Ukraine Washington Washington D.C. White House Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:37 +0000 feed 310000 at http://newsmotion.org The President Gives an Update on the Situation in Ukraine http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-gives-update-situation-ukraine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The President Gives an Update on the Situation in Ukraine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=valZEKv5cBg">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>This morning, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/statement-president-situation-ukraine-and-gaza">President Obama made a statement</a> on the current situation in Ukraine, in the wake of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 being shot down last week over territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.</p> <p>Following <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/18/president-obama-speaks-malaysian-airlines-flight-mh17-russia-and-ukraine-and-situati">his press statement on Friday</a>, the President restated today that &quot;our immediate focus is on recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts. We have to make sure that the truth is out and that accountability exists.&quot;</p> <p>He also noted that international investigators are already on the ground, prepared and organized to conduct &quot;the kinds of protocols and scouring and collecting of evidence that should follow any international incident like this.&quot; President Obama then called on Russia -- and President Vladimir Putin in particular -- to &quot;insist that the separatists stop tampering with the evidence, [and] grant investigators who are already on the ground immediate, full, and unimpeded access to the crash site.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-gives-update-situation-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-gives-update-situation-ukraine" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/21/president-gives-update-situation-ukrai...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Barack Obama David Hudson Europe and Eurasia Foreign Policy Gaza Israel Malaysia Obama Speaks Official Pete Souza Russia Russia The President Ukraine Ukraine vladimir putin White House Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:38:31 +0000 feed 309353 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Speaks on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Russia and Ukraine, and the Situation in Gaza http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-speaks-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh17-russia-and-ukraine-and-situation- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Speaks on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Russia and Ukraine, and the Situation in Gaza </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 07/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNV0BkDsYzM">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>Today, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/18/statement-president-ukraine">President Obama delivered a statement to the press</a> in the wake of the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 yesterday:</p> <blockquote><p class="p1">Yesterday, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine near the Russian border.&nbsp; Nearly 300 innocent lives were taken -- men, women, children, infants -- who had nothing to do with the crisis in Ukraine.&nbsp; Their deaths are an outrage of unspeakable proportions.</p> <p class="p1">We know at least one American citizen, Quinn Lucas Schansman, was killed.&nbsp; Our thoughts and prayers are with his family for this terrible loss.</p> <p class="p1">Yesterday, I spoke with the leaders of Ukraine, Malaysia, and the Netherlands.&nbsp; I told them that our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and that the American people stand with them during this difficult time.&nbsp; Later today, I&rsquo;ll be speaking to Prime Minister Abbott of Australia, which also suffered a terrible loss.</p> <p class="p2">By far, the country that lost the most people on board the plane was the Netherlands.&nbsp; From the days of our founding, the Dutch have been close friends and stalwart allies of the United States of America.&nbsp; And today, I want the Dutch people to know that we stand with you, shoulder to shoulder, in our grief and in our absolute determination to get to the bottom of what happened.</p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/18/president-obama-speaks-malaysian-airlines-flight-mh17-russia-and-ukraine-and-situati" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/18/president-obama-speaks-malaysian-airlines-flight-mh17-russia-and-ukraine-and-situati" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/18/president-obama-speaks-malaysian-airli...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= amsterdam Amsterdam Australia Australia Barack Obama Chuck Kennedy David Hudson eastern Ukraine Europe and Eurasia Foreign Policy Gaza Israel Malaysia Malaysia Middle East And North Africa Netanyahu Netherlands Netherlands Obama Official putin Quinn Lucas Schansman Russia Russia South and Central Asia Tel Aviv The President Ukraine Ukraine United States United States White House Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:58:02 +0000 feed 308576 at http://newsmotion.org President Obama Responds to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/president-obama-responds-malaysia-airlines-flight-17 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Obama Responds to Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 07/17/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Update at 10:38 p.m. ET: The Press Secretary <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov//the-press-office/2014/07/17/statement-press-secretary-malaysian-airlines-flight-17">released a statement</a> on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.</p> <p> <div class="clearfix" id="small-node-embed-image-detail"> <img src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/imagecache/embedded_img_small/image/image_file/7.17.14_potus_on_phone_with_ukraine.jpg?itok=99dRRcvy" alt="President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine aboard Air Force One" title="President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine aboard Air Force One" width="430" height="286" class="imagecache imagecache-embedded_img_small" /> <p> President Obama calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine aboard Air Force One to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. July 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) </p> </div> </p> <p>This afternoon, aboard Air Force One, President Obama placed separate telephone calls to President Poroshenko of Ukraine and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia to discuss the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.</p> <p>Here&#39;s a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/17/readout-president-s-call-president-poroshenko-ukraine">readout</a> of the President&rsquo;s call with President Poroshenko of Ukraine:</p> <blockquote><p> President Obama spoke with Ukrainian President Poroshenko this afternoon to discuss the tragic crash of flight Malaysian Airlines 17. President Poroshenko welcomed the assistance of international investigators to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash site. President Obama assured him that U.S. experts will offer all possible assistance immediately. The Presidents emphasized that all evidence from the crash site must remain in place on the territory of Ukraine until international investigators are able to examine all aspects of the tragedy.</p></blockquote> <p>And a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/17/readout-president-s-call-prime-minister-najib-malaysia">readout</a> of President Obama&rsquo;s call with Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia:</p> <blockquote><p> President Obama called Malaysian Prime Minister Najib today to express condolences to the people of Malaysia for the terrible loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine, as well as all the families who lost loved ones in this tragic event. The President told the Prime Minister that United States has offered immediate assistance to support a prompt international investigation. President Obama reaffirmed the strength of the friendship between the United States and Malaysia and underscored that the United States stands ready to provide any assistance or support necessary.</p></blockquote> <p>Bernadette Meehan is Deputy Spokesperson of the National Security Council.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/17/president-obama-responds-malaysia-airlines-flight-17-ukraine" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/17/president-obama-responds-malaysia-airl...</a> </div> </div> </div> Bernadette Meehan Bernadette Meehan Defense Europe and Eurasia Foreign Policy Malaysia Malaysia New York City Obama Official Pete Souza The President Ukraine Ukraine United States United States White House Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:48:33 +0000 feed 308112 at http://newsmotion.org U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Approaches, Website Goes Live http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/us-africa-leaders-summit-approaches-website-goes-live <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Approaches, Website Goes Live </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 07/14/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With less than a month to go until the start of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., we&rsquo;re excited to announce the launch of the Summit&rsquo;s official website, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit">which you can access here</a>. As the site describes, the Summit constitutes the largest single engagement by any U.S. President with Africa.</p> <p>Starting on August 4 and with events spanning three days, it will include approximately 50 African heads of state and government as well as the Chairperson of the African Union, a range of U.S. and African civil society and business leaders, young African leaders, and Members of Congress. The presence of so many African leaders in the nation&rsquo;s capital provides an historic opportunity to further strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America&rsquo;s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa&rsquo;s development and its people.</p> <p>In addition to the website, which will be continuously updated as the Summit nears, we invite you to follow the Summit on Twitter using the hashtag #AfricaSummit.</p> <p>These online tools will offer an opportunity for broader dialogue as we prepare for this unprecedented engagement with one of the world&rsquo;s most dynamic regions. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit">Learn more about the upcoming Summit here.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/14/us-africa-leaders-summit-approaches-website-goes-live" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/14/us-africa-leaders-summit-approaches-we...</a> </div> </div> </div> Foreign Policy Gayle Smith Grant Harris Grant Harris and Gayle Smith Official U.S. Washington Washington D.C. White House Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 feed 306452 at http://newsmotion.org U.S., Europe must not forget about Bosnia http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/us-europe-must-not-forget-about-bosnia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S., Europe must not forget about Bosnia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 07/11/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By <strong>Sofía Sebastián</strong>, Special to CNN</p> <p><em>Editor’s note: Sofía Sebastián is a TAPIR Fellow at the Stimson Center and the author of </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Post-War-Statebuilding-Constitutional-Reform-Rethinking/dp/1137336870"><em>Post-war Statebuilding and Constitutional Reform: Beyond Dayton in Bosnia</em></a><em>. The views expressed are her own.</em></p> <p>The ongoing instability in the Middle East is understandably drawing much of the United States’ and Europe’s attention. But almost 20 years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the Bosnian War, political divisions between the three major ethnic groups continue to threaten the viability of the state. And for Bosnia, just as for the Middle East, the near-term stakes could not be higher.</p> <p>So what has gone wrong?</p> <p>As many analysts have noted, Dayton represented the best possible settlement to end the war. But it also burdened Bosnia with highly complicated and dysfunctional institutions. Lacking political and institutional incentives for inter-ethnic cooperation, the system instead rewards ethnic-based nationalist platforms and intra-ethnic infighting, making cross-group cooperation almost impossible. (Milorad Dodik, the president of the Republika Srpska entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for example, has turned to nationalist rhetoric to gain and consolidate power since 2006).</p> <p>Historically, international actors in Bosnia have countered nationalist dynamics in trying to strengthen the Bosnian state. But the state-building process started to unravel in 2006 amidst increasing inter- and intra-ethnic divisions and a failure of political leaders to agree on critical reforms.</p> <p><span id="more-29938"></span>Constitutional reform initiatives were introduced in 2005 as part of a strategy by the United States, and later championed by the EU, to help build a more functional state – one that could survive the transition to full sovereignty and prepare Bosnia for EU membership. However, after years of unsuccessful discussion of reform, Dayton is no longer seen by local actors as a sacrosanct agreement. Indeed, politicians have taken to publicly challenging the agreement, advancing ethnically oriented agendas and further raising tensions.</p> <p>Meanwhile, ongoing constitutional negotiations have underscored the divisions within the country – broadly speaking, Bosniaks seek to strengthen the state, while the Croats and the Serbs do not fully accept its existence.</p> <p>And these divisions have only grown with the disengagement of the U.S. and Europe. Bosniaks, for example, fear the disintegration of Bosnia following the closure of the office of the high representative, the international envoy entrusted with the implementation of Dayton. Croats have, for their part, grown increasingly wary of their standing as a “minority,” and are therefore seeking to resolve “the Croat question” through the creation of a third entity for Croats, a move opposed by Bosniaks (Bosnia is currently divided into the Muslim-Croat Federation and the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska).</p> <p>As for the Serbs, they regard state-building as a strategy aimed at undermining their status, and are seeking a withdrawal of the international presence in the country as a way of achieving a more level playing field.</p> <p>Ultimately, Bosnia’s different ethnic groups have come to view their own agendas as a matter of survival, which has undermined efforts at state-building and working toward the EU accession process. But this problem has been made worse by the fact that the international community is itself divided on how to handle Bosnia and appears reluctant to address some of these underlying issues.</p> <p>As a result of this neglect and confusion, the high representative has become irrelevant, and although the recent international emphasis on local ownership is welcome in principle, it is hard not to feel that this approach is largely driven by a realization that those involved are not able to properly shape events on the ground.</p> <p>If the United States and Europe want to play a meaningful role, they will need to strengthen their engagement and collaboration and provide incentives for ethnic cooperation. And they must also understand that state-building in Bosnia, as elsewhere, is always subject to constantly shifting expectations, perceptions and the interests of those involved.</p> <p>Despite the uncertainties, an outbreak of violence seems unlikely, although the ethnic divisions, coming as they do against the backdrop of deteriorating economic conditions, mean there is genuine potential for social unrest. As a result, upcoming elections, slated for this October, represent a potentially decisive moment in a country that has been politically paralyzed since the last polls.</p> <p>The tragic violence of Iraq and Syria might seem like it is spiraling beyond the ability of Western powers to influence events. But the U.S. and Europe still have a viable opportunity to engage Bosnia in a way that will allow for a more stable future. 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Meanwhile, the Obama administration has also had to contend with a newly assertive Russia, a rising China and a persistent threat from militant groups such as al Qaeda.</p> <p>To help make sense of these challenges, understand what to look out for next, and to assess where U.S. foreign policy has gotten it right – and wrong – GPS host Fareed Zakaria will be answering readers’ questions on recent developments across the globe.</p> <p>Please leave your questions for Fareed in the comments section below.</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/cnngps.wordpress.com/29927/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com&#038;blog=17571933&#038;post=29927&#038;subd=cnngps&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/09/fareed-taking-readers-questions-on-global-issues/" target="_blank">http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/09/fareed-taking-readers-questio...</a> </div> </div> </div> China Citizen CNN's Jason Miks Foreign Policy GPS Show Iraq jasonmiks Russia Syria United States Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:20:31 +0000 feed 304398 at http://newsmotion.org Americans deeply divided on U.S. role in world http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/americans-deeply-divided-us-role-world <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Americans deeply divided on U.S. role in world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/09/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="cnn_first">By<strong> Bruce Stokes</strong>, Special to CNN</p> <p><em>Editor’s note: Bruce Stokes is director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center. The views expressed are his own.</em><br /> <em> </em><br /> If you thought that Americans were deeply divided on the proper U.S. role in the world, think again. It is even worse than you think. But it is also more complicated.</p> <p>Americans are more inward looking today on foreign policy issues than they have been at any time in the last half century. And new survey data from the Pew Research Center highlights the fissures that separate one American from another on international affairs – divisions that are far more nuanced than a simple left-right disagreement. They pit Americans who are socially conservative against pro-business conservatives and old-line liberals against younger liberals.</p> <p>Charting a course on the world stage for Americans has never been easy. But in today’s deeply partisan political environment it’s a particularly challenging task.<span id="more-29920"></span></p> <p>Three-in-five Americans say the U.S. should pay less attention to problems overseas and concentrate on challenges at home, according to a new Pew Research Center <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/" target="_blank">survey</a>, while just over one-third say it’s best for the future of the country to be active in world affairs. A decade ago, about half of the American public wanted Washington to focus less on international problems.</p> <p>This confirms the findings of a December Pew Research Center <a href="http://www.people-press.org/2013/12/03/public-sees-u-s-power-declining-as-support-for-global-engagement-slips/" target="_blank">survey</a> that found that about half of Americans thought the United States should “mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.” Only one-in-five felt that way in 1964 and roughly two-in-five in 1995.</p> <p>But while partisan polarization – the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of American politics today, U.S. global involvement also divides partisans who generally agree on many domestic issues, making for some strange bedfellows.</p> <p>The public on the right of the political spectrum differ markedly on foreign policy. As might be expected, “Business Conservatives,” who by their nature are generally pro-Wall Street and account for 10 percent of the public, express strong support for an active U.S. global role, with two thirds saying it is best for the country to be active in world affairs. “Steadfast Conservatives,” whose values are generally populist on social issues and make up 12 percent of the population, take the opposite view and prioritize focusing on problems at home by a 71 percent to 24 percent margin.</p> <p>“Hard-Pressed Skeptics,” who are financially stressed and generally pessimistic about their lives and the future of the country, meanwhile, overwhelmingly (87 percent) want the U.S. to focus more on problems at home. “Young Outsiders,” who are conservative about the role of government but not conservative on social issues, also strongly desire a greater American focus on domestic issues.</p> <p>On the left, narrow majorities of “Solid Liberals” (55 percent), and the “Next Generation Left” (54 percent), who are young and liberal on social issues, say it’s best for the country to be active in world affairs. On the other hand, the “Faith and Family Left,” who are religious and racially diverse, disagree, with 54 percent saying it would be better to concentrate on problems at home.</p> <p>Still, despite the public’s reticence about global involvement, more than half say that problems in the world would be even worse without U.S. involvement. But such guarded faith in the efficacy of American interventionism masks deep partisan divisions that again defy a neat left-right divide. The extreme left and the extreme right have their doubts about an activist U.S. foreign policy, for example, while the middle generally still supports such engagement.</p> <p>“Business Conservatives” express the strongest backing for U.S. efforts to solve problems around the world: Three-quarters say the global situation would be worse without U.S. intervention, a view largely shared by large majorities of the “Faith and Family Left” and “Next Generation Left.” But “Solid Liberals” have some doubts – just 54 percent think that international challenges would be harder to overcome without U.S. involvement.</p> <p>Such partisan discord has policy implications. Among the American public generally, just 37 percent say using overwhelming military force is the best way to defeat terrorism, while a majority says “relying too much on military force creates hatred that leads to more terrorism.”</p> <p>By greater than three-to-one, “Steadfast Conservatives” and “Business Conservatives” agree on this issue, and they are joined by about half of the “Faith and Family Left,” who also believe in using overwhelming force in the war on terrorism. But all other subdivisions of the American body politic – on both the left and in the center – say the use of force creates hatred that leads to more terrorism.</p> <p>There are different partisan divides on the contentious issue of what the U.S. should do about China, the world’s rising superpower. Overall, more Americans prioritize building a stronger relationship with China on economic issues (51 percent) over getting tougher with China on economic policy (41 percent). But “Steadfast Conservatives” strongly back a tougher stance against Beijing. Fewer “Business Conservatives” agree, and less than half of “Young Outsiders” want to get tougher on China. Meanwhile, over half of Americans on the left say they want a stronger economic relationship with Beijing.</p> <p>For those Americans who care about international affairs, and for those outside the United States who must live with the consequences of U.S. action or non-action on the world stage, the partisan rift in American politics over foreign policy can be both troubling and confusing. And there is no evidence this is likely to change any time soon. The fact is that America’s partisan divide – and the divide within both the American left and right on international issues – is the world’s problem.​</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/cnngps.wordpress.com/29920/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com&#038;blog=17571933&#038;post=29920&#038;subd=cnngps&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/09/americans-deeply-divided-on-u-s-role-in-world/" target="_blank">http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/09/americans-deeply-divided-on-u...</a> </div> </div> </div> Beijing China Citizen CNN's Jason Miks Foreign Policy jasonmiks United States United States Washington Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:55:26 +0000 feed 304400 at http://newsmotion.org Dispatches with Dr. Biden: Lusaka, Zambia http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/dispatches-dr-biden-lusaka-zambia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dispatches with Dr. Biden: Lusaka, Zambia </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/02/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa8rBqtoAuQ">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>On Tuesday, Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Lusaka, Zambia, her first stop on a three-country visit to Africa. Dr. Biden is joined by Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women&#39;s Issues.</p> <p>Dr. Biden&rsquo;s trip to Africa will highlight the importance of girls&rsquo; education and women&rsquo;s participation in government, the economy, and civil society in accelerating economic development; improving health and educational outcomes; strengthening democratic governance; and fostering peace and security.</p> <p>Upon arrival, Dr. Biden met with Zambia&rsquo;s Second Lady, Dr. Charlotte Harland Scott, to discuss the major issues affecting women in the country, with particular attention to education, gender-based violence, health, and economic empowerment. They were joined by government officials to discuss activities that the local ministries are carrying out to empower women and girls.</p> <p></p><p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/02/dispatches-dr-biden-lusaka-zambia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/02/dispatches-dr-biden-lusaka-zambia" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/02/dispatches-dr-biden-lusaka-zambia</a> </div> </div> </div> Catherine Russell Charlotte Charlotte Harland Scott Charlotte Scott Dr. Jill Biden Education Foreign Policy Global development Jill Biden Lusaka Lusaka Official Rajiv Shah Sierra Leone Stephen Spector Stephen Spector United States United States White House Zambia Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:42:43 +0000 feed 301885 at http://newsmotion.org Iraq: It’s not about us http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/iraq-it%E2%80%99s-not-about-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iraq: It’s not about us </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/02/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="cnn_first">By <strong>Will Marshall</strong>, Special to CNN</p> <p><em>Editor’s note: Will Marshall is the president of the Progressive Policy Institute. The views expressed are his own.</em></p> <p>The debate over how to keep Iraq from falling apart reveals a peculiarly American kind of self-centeredness. When things blow up abroad, we often spend more time arguing about the U.S. reaction to the crisis than what triggered it in the first place.</p> <p>So it is with the stunning rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which styles itself as a resurrected “caliphate” to which all Muslims owe allegiance. Instead of focusing on how to protect Americans and our regional partners from a new <a href="http://www.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2014/06/23/the-jihadi-menace-gets-real/" target="_blank">jihadist malignancy</a>, much of Washington’s political class is consumed by recriminations over who is to blame for resurgent Sunni terrorism in the Middle East.</p> <p>Is it George W. Bush’s fault for invading Iraq in 2003 and cluelessly stirring up a sectarian hornet’s nest? Or did Barack Obama squander America’s costly success in stabilizing Iraq in his haste to “end” an unpopular war?</p> <p>Both indictments contain a large grain of truth. But is this really the time to be pointing fingers and rehearsing <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/06/29/katrina_vanden_heuvel_to_armchair_warrior_bill_kristol_you_should_enlist_in_the_iraqi_army.html" target="_blank">bitter debates </a>about the wisdom of the invasion, the “surge” or the U.S. exit? U.S. leaders should leave such questions to historians and concentrate instead on mustering a coherent response to the present predicament. This isn’t a naïve plea to take the “politics” out of national security – which is both impossible and potentially dangerous – or to ignore the lessons of past mistakes. But we shouldn’t let the interminable argument over whose “lessons of Iraq” should prevail get in the way of a clear assessment of the new threat.</p> <p><span id="more-29870"></span>Washington’s self-absorption obscures a basic truth: This crisis is not about us. America is not the problem in the Middle East. The problem is the problem.</p> <p>President Obama has often maintained that Bush erred in defining the problem too broadly as Muslim terrorism in general. Yet it’s clear now that, in fixating on al Qaeda, Obama has defined the problem too narrowly. The threat we face is Islamist extremism, especially in its millenarian Sunni incarnation. U.S. forces have routed al Qaeda in Afghanistan, but that hydra headed beast keeps sprouting up elsewhere: in Yemen, Somalia, North and sub-Saharan Africa, and now, for the second time, Iraq.</p> <p>Washington has committed its share of errors in the Middle East, but America didn’t invent the Islamists’ violent ideology. Nor are we responsible for the endemic political chaos and bloodshed that has convulsed the region in the post-colonial era. Political Islam’s roots lie in an historic failure to establish competent and legitimate governments, with well-functioning markets, across a region riven by ethnic, tribal and sectarian rivalries.</p> <p>ISIS’s rise in the Levant is beyond destabilizing. Underscoring their mad ambition to erase existing borders and revive the medieval caliphate, the rebels last week <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/30/world/meast/iraq-crisis/" target="_blank">renamed themselves</a> “Islamist State” and demanded that all Muslims show fealty to their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This is a <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.602008" target="_blank">direct challenge</a> to the erstwhile leader of Sunni jihadism, al Qaeda, which has disavowed ISIS because of its atrocities against Shiite “apostates.” But Americans can take little solace in this turn of events since the Islamist State is a threat not only to Iraq, but also to America’s other friends in the neighborhood: Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Israel. And of course it presents a mortal peril to Shiite Iran.</p> <p>There’s no need to speculate about what life would be like in the new caliphate. In Mosul and other cities it has captured, ISIS has been perpetrating the full panoply of horrors we’ve come to associate with jihadi fanaticism – suicide and truck bombings aimed at civilians, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/15/world/meast/iraq-photos-isis/" target="_blank">mass executions</a> of soldiers and police, kidnappings, beheadings and allegedly even <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/29/world/meast/syria-reported-crucifixions/" target="_blank">crucifixions</a>.</p> <p>The Islamic State doesn’t appear to have America in its sights – yet. But as Obama said <a href="medium%20and long-term threat to American security" target="_blank">recently</a>, the group poses a “medium and long-term threat to American security.” For one thing, it is bigger, better organized and richer than al Qaeda. Jihadist websites are already thrumming with excitement over its rapid advances. Western intelligence officials are especially worried about the many foreign jihadis in ISIL’s ranks, hundreds of whom hold European and U.S. passports and could readily bring the jihad home with them.</p> <p>The Iraqi army, which had crumpled before the ISIS blitzkrieg on Mosul, has regrouped and has been attempting to retake Tikrit. But even if government forces can stop the rebel’s advance, few analysts believe they will be able to dislodge ISIS from Sunni regions of Iraq and Syria.</p> <p>President Obama has ruled out major U.S. involvement in Iraq again. He’s also resisted pleas for U.S. air strikes from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, whom U.S. officials rightly blame for systematically alienating Iraq’s Sunni minority after U.S. forces left in 2011. Without a new and truly inclusive Iraqi government, U.S. bombing of the Islamic State will enhance its prestige with would-be jihadis and convince disgruntled Sunnis that Washington is taking the Shiite side of a regional sectarian war.</p> <p>Still, the United States cannot live with an Islamist State that foments violence and instability and plots ceaselessly against our friends. A complex, two-front struggle lies ahead. In Syria, Washington must at last get serious about turning the Free Syrian Army into an effective fighting force that eventually will be able to topple the al-Assad dictatorship (abetted by Iran and Hezbollah) and then expel ISIS and other foreign jihadis. In Iraq, we will need to help Iraqi forces (backed by Iran) and the Kurds contain and weaken the Islamic State, all the while pressing for a new government willing to share power with Iraq’s Sunnis.</p> <p>All this puts Obama, who promised to extricate America from Middle East conflicts, in a bind. How to get rid of ISIS without large-scale military intervention? The White House appears to be hoping for another revolt by Sunni tribes, just like the 2006-2007 Anbar “awakening” that helped U.S. forces eviscerate ISIS’s forerunner, al Qaeda in Iraq. But that may require a robust if covert U.S. counterterrorism campaign.</p> <p>One thing is for sure: inaction is not an option. And whatever course Obama chooses will have a greater chance of success if it has broad public and political support back home. 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