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January 8, 1995 | Richard B. Straus, Richard B. Straus is the editor of the Middle East Policy Survey
Shortly after the Republican landslide in November, Sen. Mitch McConnell spoke to a liberal, internationally minded audience on New York's Upper East Side. The prospect of the outspokenly conservative GOP senator from North Carolina, Jesse Helms, assuming control of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had shaken their composure. McConnell sought to reassure them.
December 5, 2004 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
Author Daniel Jouve likes to peer through an iron fence outside the Hotel de Coislin in Paris, where Benjamin Franklin emerged as a citizen of an independent nation. It was Feb. 6, 1778, and across the Atlantic, American colonists were fighting a bloody revolution that would last five more years.
October 1, 2007 | Ned Parker and Raheem Salman, Times Staff Writers
Iraq's political leadership, in a rare show of unity, skewered a nonbinding U.S. Senate resolution passed last week that endorses the decentralization of Iraq through the establishment of semiautonomous regions. The measure, which calls for a relatively weak central government and strong regional authorities in Sunni Arab, Shiite and Kurdish areas, has touched a nerve here, raising fears that the United States is planning to partition Iraq.
August 22, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - In February 2011, when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak bowed to a popular uprising and relinquished power, President Obama welcomed the change and declared, "Egypt will never be the same. " Two and a half years after the elation of the "Arab Spring," Egypt looks much as it did under the aging autocrat, only more violently polarized. Critics say Obama has mostly watched from the sidelines. Mubarak's court-ordered release from prison Thursday in effect capped the end of Egypt's brief experiment with democracy and its return to military rule.
February 2, 2008 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
Poland's foreign minister said Friday that his country had agreed in principle to a controversial missile defense system proposed by the U.S. after receiving assurances that Washington would help with other defense needs.
July 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The top U.S. envoy at stalled North Korean disarmament talks said Thursday that the United States wants to meet with China, Japan, Russia and South Korea next week to figure out a way to persuade the regime in Pyongyang to return to the negotiations. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill told reporters that the goal was to include North Korea at the gathering on the sidelines of the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations' annual meeting of foreign ministers in Malaysia.
December 17, 2004 | Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Thursday that he returned from a Middle East tour last week "more hopeful than just about any time" about easing the tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. But the Delaware lawmaker urged the Bush administration to appoint a special envoy to help ensure that the Palestinian Authority's Jan.
December 15, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has responded to President Bush's letter on nuclear arms disclosures, indicating a willingness to adhere to commitments to provide details on his country's weapons activities, administration officials said Friday. Kim sent a response through diplomatic channels, which was conveyed verbally on Wednesday to State Department officials by a North Korean official in New York, Bush administration officials said. The North Korean leader was responding to the Dec.
October 31, 1996
In the last dozen years, Secretary of State Warren Christopher says, Congress has cut spending on international affairs by 51%, adjusted for inflation. In the four years Bill Clinton has been president, foreign policy-related spending has been slashed by $2.5 billion. That has meant, among other things, that 30 embassies and consulates around the world have had to be closed, along with one-fourth of the overseas libraries operated by the U.S. Information Agency.
January 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
An American nuclear expert who visited North Korea's main nuclear facility said Wednesday that he was not allowed to see enough to make a judgment on the country's nuclear weapons capability. Siegfried S. Hecker, former director of the Los Alamos nuclear research laboratory in New Mexico, said the North Koreans "most likely" have the ability at the Yongbyon nuclear site to make plutonium.
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