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Diplomacy

Do we make a pact with the devil if the money is good enough? In the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, we face a test of our morality and the extent to which we are willing to bend our ethics for utilitarian purposes. […] Read More

Our world that used to make sense, even though imperfect, seems more like the upside-down from “Stranger Things,” but it’s never too late for the prophets of truth to confront evil. […] Read More

The United States ambassador to the United Nations believes that the organization is out of options with regard to North Korea. “U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the U.N. Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea’s nuclear program and the United States may have to turn […] Read More

There’s always a trade-off between what we might want to achieve and what we can actually do. Former United Kingdom ambassador and career diplomat Christopher Meyer emphasized this point in his book, “Getting Our Way,” subtitled “500 Years of Adventure and Intrigue: The Inside Story of British Diplomacy.” As a result, we’re sometimes left holding […] Read More

In November 1934, the U.S. Major League Baseball All-Stars were on a noteworthy tour to Japan. The story of that tour is engagingly told in Robert K. Fitts’ new book, “Banzai Babe Ruth.” Actually, Fitts’ book is about much more than baseball: the subtitle is “Baseball, Espionage, & Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan.” […] Read More

I don’t know many people who aren’t generally disgusted with the political process right now. Left to right, top to bottom, it’s a mess. I thought I’d put a little advice together for would-be leaders. Further, Baptist preachers are about the most able politicians around. They are more like small-town sheriffs, who have to lock […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Treading carefully on a subject that has proved diplomatically volatile for the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI lamented Sunday’s (Oct. 9) killing of two dozen Christian protesters in Egypt. “I am profoundly saddened by the episodes of violence that took place in Cairo last Sunday,” Benedict said on Wednesday (Oct. 12), referring to […] Read More

(RNS) The State Department has a “rigidly narrow” view of diplomacy that neglects religion’s role in foreign affairs, a prominent Catholic ambassador charged on Sunday (April 17) as he announced his resignation. Other foreign policy experts have another name for it: Religion Avoidance Syndrome. And the departure of Douglas Kmiec as ambassador to Malta, they […] Read More

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI replied in a diplomatic and general terms to a provocative letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, pledging to find common efforts for “peace and reconciliation” with the Islamic republic. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the Vatican official in charge of inter-religious dialogue with Muslims, hand-delivered the pope’s Nov. 3 letter to […] Read More

South Korea’s government and Taliban militants said Tuesday they had reached a deal to free 19 South Korean hostages held captive held for more six weeks in Afghanistan. According to news reports, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />South Korea agreed to demands to withdraw 200 of its troops stationed in Afghanistan and suspend […] Read More