I like to think that as I get older I'm getting better at spending time with people who have qualities that make them worth spending time with.
We know that often holding those who have carried out mass atrocities accountable is at times our best tool to prevent future atrocities.
History is laden with belligerent leaders using humanitarian rhetoric to mask geopolitical aims. History also shows how often ill-informed moralism has led to foreign entanglements that do more harm than good.
On the rare occasions when U.N. blue helmets have made the news in the past, it has unfortunately too often been in the context of situations where peacekeepers have failed to shield civilians, or even when the peacekeepers themselves have been involved in abuse.
I got into journalism not to be a journalist but to try to change American foreign policy. I'm a corny person. I was a dreamer predating my journalistic life, so I got into journalism as a means to try to change the world.
Brokenness is the operative issue of our time - broken souls, broken hearts, broken places.
I believe the United States is the greatest country on Earth. I really do.
Since 9/11, there has been a huge leap in people wanting to get personally involved in public service and international affairs.
The U.S. government engages with many countries around the world in official dialogues on human rights.
What is most needed in Darfur is an international peacekeeping and protection presence, and this is what the Sudanese government most wants to avoid.
Americans have long trusted the views of Democrats on the environment, the economy, education, and health care, but national security is the one matter about which Republicans have maintained what political scientists call 'issue ownership.'
American decision-makers must understand how damaging a foreign policy that privileges order and profit over justice really is in the long term.
Being an occupier is not good for anybody's global standing. It is a catalyst for terrorist recruitment.
Historical hypocrites have themselves carried out the very human rights abuses that they suddenly decide warrant intervention elsewhere.
One of the things that a president needs in the face of genocide is resolve.
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