Smart Diplomacy Bibi Goes to Africa
Africa is an under-appreciated new frontier for Israeli diplomacy.
Smart Diplomacy Obama Tries to Paper Over Brazil Tensions
President Obama hosted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the White House yesterday, but the way for the U.S. to improve relations with Brazil isn’t to make empty comments at a substance-free summits.
Smart Diplomacy Will Venezuela’s Elections Be Fair?
Some targeted outreach by U.S. diplomats to Caracas appears to have prompted Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro to announce elections. No word yet on whether international election monitors will be allowed near them, however.
Smart Diplomacy Why Political Ambassadors Aren’t All Bad
Building bridges with with allies’ elites is one of the critical tasks of an ambassador—especially in the face of concerted efforts by revisionist powers to gin up public feeling against the United States.
Smart Diplomacy State Dept.: Obama "Open to Conversations" with Iran about ISIS
A State Dept. spokeswoman says that the Administration is open to talking with Iran about ISIS, though opposed to “coordination.” These words are likely to annoy the Sunnis—exactly the people whom Obama is trying to recruit to fight ISIS.
Smart Diplomacy China Shrugs Off U.S. in South China Sea
It’s not just in the Middle East where the initiatives of the Obama Administration can be quietly ignored and brushed aside. China, too, is getting in on the latest trend in international relations.