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It’s long past time to tie the president’s hands

by Diana Ohlbaum

The Hill, September 2018 | Article

Bob Woodward, famed chronicler of what Washington says when the cameras are turned off, has titled his new book on the Trump Administration “Fear.” ... Read More »

UN Vote Buying: A Bad Idea That Never Dies

by Diana Ohlbaum

Lobe Log, August 2018 | Article

The Trump administration is agitating for a “sweeping reassessment” of the way foreign aid is distributed. Rather than making decisions based on where it is needed most or how it can be put to best use, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is proposing to tie aid to how countries vote in the UN General Assembly... Read More »

The NATO We Have And The NATO We Seek

by Diana Ohlbaum

Lobe Log, July 2018 | Article

Donald Trump has thrown the “free world” into a tizzy with his ultimatum to European allies to increase their defense spending, his public questioning of why America should have to defend Montenegro, his classification of the European Union as a “foe” on trade, and his sycophantic slavering over a Russian leader whose highest foreign policy priority is the destruction of NATO... Read More »

Mattis, Pompeo, Kelly, Bolton, Coats: Resign Now

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, July 2018 | Article

Every elected and appointed U.S. official, other than the president, must take the following oath:... Read More »

Stabilization Of Afghanistan: The Little Engine That Couldn’t

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, July 2018 | Article

“Between 2001 and 2017, U.S. government efforts to stabilize insecure and contested areas in Afghanistan mostly failed.” Those are not my words. They’re not from some partisan pundit or ideological crusader. It’s the conclusion reached by the Special Inspector General who’s been investigating U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan for the past six years (SIGAR)... Read More »

Who is this woman standing next to Trump?

by Diana Ohlbaum

Washington Post, June 2018 | Letter

The June 2 front-page article “Summit with Kim will go forward, Trump announces,” about reinstatement of the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was accompanied by a photograph of Trump and two others... Read More »

Narcissus On The World Stage

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, June 2018 | Article

Narcissus? No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. In fact, I don’t want to talk about Trump any more. Frankly, I don’t even want to hear about Trump any more. My outrage meter is broken... Read More »

Loving USAID to Death

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, September 2017 |

For those who recall the relentless attacks on the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the recent outpouring of support for the institution and its mission is simply stunning... Read More »

And the Foreign Affairs Reorganization Fight Is On!

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, August 2017 |

Buffeted by a double whammy of restructuring proposals—one from the White House recommending a transfer of the State Department’s Population, Refugees, and Migration Bureau (PRM) to the Department of Homeland Security, another from development experts recommending a merger of PRM’s programs into the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—the heavyweights are striking back... Read More »

A Bevy of Good Ideas on Foreign Aid Reform….If Anyone’s Listening

by Diana Ohlbaum

LobeLog, August 2017 |

There are lots of difficult problems with no good solutions. Foreign aid isn’t one of them... Read More »

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