Crimea has made manifestly clear how important Europe and NATO remain to global security. The continual weakening of the U.S. and European military posture provided an opportunity for aggressive opportunism when the chance presented itself.
Whatever one thinks U.S. Syria policy should be (aid the opposition or stay away, strike the Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons or not), there is no dispute that the Security Council has essentially been a bystander. There is a reason for this outcome. The council has always been merely a reflection of the larger world.
Japan celebrates its winning bid to host the 2020 summer games. Part of the inthusiasm is linked to nostalgia for when Japan held the 1964 Olympics. Many in Japan hope the 2020 games, just like the 1964 games, will herald a new era with Japan as a leader in Asia.
Now is the time to think big about reforming not just the Broadcasting Board of Governors but the entire public diplomacy effort of the U.S. government, which, at this crucial time in history, is not being deployed as extensively or effectively as it could be.
Join AEI and the Center for American Progress for a joint event featuring Dr. Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), with a conversation on the role of international development and the reforms needed to achieve results.