May 11, 2006
Re "White House Calls Iranian Letter a Ploy," May 9 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has placed the United States in check by simply writing a letter. In one stroke, Iran has established itself as the purveyor of a peaceful end, making it nearly impossible for the U.S. to persuade the United Nations to impose sanctions. It also projects the U.S. as dismissive and closed. We have to face the reality that diplomacy with Iran is the only way to prevent a potentially disastrous chain of events.
October 5, 2007 |
Christopher Hill, U.S. assistant secretary of State, stunned reporters Wednesday by announcing that North Korea has agreed to disable its nuclear facilities -- and by attributing the breakthrough to a "a previously unknown but surprisingly effective" method of foreign relations recently discovered by U.S. officials, which Hill dubbed "diplomacy." "This is a real first for us," Hill explained proudly.
July 16, 2008 |
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates renewed his call Tuesday for more spending on U.S. diplomacy and international aid, saying the U.S. government risks "creeping militarization" of its foreign policy by focusing its resources on the Pentagon. With Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in attendance, Gates said in a speech that the government's civilian institutions, especially those with the tasks of diplomacy and development, had been undermanned and underfunded since the end of the Cold War. Gates has made the argument before, most notably in November in an address at Kansas State University.
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January 29, 1991 |
Central America's most famous peacemaker, former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez, on Thursday urged world leaders not to abandon diplomacy as a means of ending the Persian Gulf War. "When peace is at stake," said the winner of the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize, leaders "do not have the right to be impatient." Lack of patience, Arias added, "is a way of provoking war."
July 27, 2007 |
A spat between Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama escalated Thursday as the senators traded swipes over the proper way to conduct diplomacy with hostile nations. Their four-day feud over foreign relations has served as a proxy for the larger battle between the two candidates over which has the experience needed to be president and which offers the sharpest change in direction for the country.
April 2, 1999 |
President Clinton's ever-changing pronunciation of the word "Kosovo" may seem irrelevant to Americans, but it is a loaded issue in the Balkans. During a speech here about the NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia, Clinton referred 21 times to the troubled province in Serbia, the main Yugoslav republic, where Serbian security forces have forced hundreds of thousands of ethnic Albanians from their homes.
March 24, 1991 |
The no-questions-asked days of Saudi Arabia's checkbook diplomacy are fast coming to an end. Dismayed that some of the world's top recipients of Saudi aid sided with Iraq during the Persian Gulf War, kingdom officials have reversed one of this nation's longstanding policies: From now on, Saudi Arabia will be more selective about the millions of dollars it regularly dishes out to other countries and causes.
September 5, 1999 |
With Israel and Syria so far apart that U.S. officials believe immediate peace talks would lead to sure failure, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright launched a new round of intense diplomacy Saturday involving the longtime antagonists, urging them to move beyond entrenched positions.
September 13, 2002 |
For 36 years, the U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies Program has been placing original works of art by U.S. citizens in American diplomatic residences worldwide. This fall, for the first time, the State Department will send artists to visit the host countries along with their artworks.
September 11, 1990 |
There's a refrigerator aboard George Bush's new Air Force One that carries a supply of his blood type in the event of an emergency while the President is traveling. Maybe there also should be a case of Geritol on board. Try this out for an overseas travel schedule, coming on the heels of this past weekend's summit with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in Helsinki: * Oct. 3 in Berlin, for a ceremony--possibly with Gorbachev--marking the reunification of thetwo German states.