Estonia Can Handle Putin's Soft Power

Bloomberg View | Mar 3, 2015

The results of yesterday's parliamentary election in Estonia would not be of interest to anyone outside the tiny nation, were they not a test of Russian President Vladimir Putin's soft power in the post-Soviet Baltic states. The voting tallies suggest that influence is on the rise, though still not big enough to be a serious cause for concern. Still, the Estonian government will have to stay vigilant in its battle for the allegiance of the country's Russian speakers.

Russia Tries to Block Benefits for Families of Gay U.N. Employees

Foreign Policy | Mar 3, 2015

Last June, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a far-reaching administrative ruling that offered marital benefits for the first time to all of the United Nations’ lesbian and gay employees, as well as to other U.N. workers who had entered legally recognized domestic partnerships. On Monday, March 2, Russia gave the plan a resounding nyet.

The Toughest Job At AIPAC: Selling Iran Diplomacy

The Huffington Post | Mar 3, 2015

Selling nuclear diplomacy with Iran was perhaps the toughest job at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference this year -- second only to shepherding teenage attendees to the AIPAC selfie wall. Still, one gutsy former adviser to President Barack Obama decided to give it a shot -- and soon realized he might have been better off handing out selfie sticks.

For the U.S. and China, a Test of Diplomacy on South Sudan

The New York Times | Mar 3, 2015

Now, more than a year after South Sudan’s leaders plunged their country into a nasty civil war, the nation has become something of a test of diplomacy between the United States and China, raising the question: Can Washington and Beijing turn their mutual interests in South Sudan into a shared strategy to stop the bloodshed?

Murphy Criticizes U.S. Response in the Middle East

Yale Daily News | Mar 2, 2015

Attended by roughly 150 students and faculty and sponsored by the Yale Political Union, Murphy instead called for a “winning strategy” that puts more weight on non-military intervention and homeland security. 

Soft Approach to Revolution in North Korea

Al Jazeera | Mar 2, 2015

Defectors have turned to floating soap operas - even Hollywood movies - into the North to stir up 'regime change'.

Estonia Can Handle Putin's Soft Power

Bloomberg | Mar 2, 2015

The results of yesterday's parliamentary election in Estonia would not be of interest to anyone outside the tiny nation, were they not a test of Russian President Vladimir Putin's soft power in the post-Soviet Baltic states.

Turkey Brings Refugee Story to UN Office

World Bulletin | Mar 2, 2015

An exhibition revealing Turkey’s history as a refuge for those seeking shelter from conflict and oppression has been opened at the UN office in Geneva, after being shown previously in the United States and Canada.

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