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John J. Metzler

Given his drifting and buffeted foreign policy, President Barack Obama needed to hit a political home run in his long awaited policy address at the West Point commencement ceremonies. more

Jun 5, 2014 8:51 AM Opinions

Fifty years ago, the World’s Fair opened in New York. more

Apr 9, 2014 10:56 AM Opinions

A deteriorating and dangerous diplomatic showdown continues over Ukraine as the United States and European Union rhetorically push back against Vladimir Putin’s power grab in the Crimea. more

Mar 24, 2014 11:50 AM Opinions

The chill winds of the Cold War have returned to Europe and the halls of diplomacy. more

Mar 11, 2014 9:40 AM Opinions

Amid the continuing carnage from Syria’s civil war, there are small, if hard won, humanitarian victories which bring a tiny glimmer of hope to the battered and bleeding Middle Eastern nation. Surprisingly, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to a resolution which allows “unhindered humanitarian access” to cities, towns, and neighborhoods under siege by warring factions. more

Mar 4, 2014 3:06 PM Opinions

“How can we claim we didn’t know,” governments and media may soon be asking themselves as stunning new evidence of suffering and widespread human rights violations become glaringly obvious in communist North Korea? more

Feb 25, 2014 10:06 AM Opinions

Widening attacks on the press, and arrests and intimidation of journalists are among the barriers to the free flow of information worldwide. But beyond the usual lists of suspects blocking and censoring news and the internet, there’s a definite and deadly spike in violence against reporters, ranging from the Syrian civil war to drug cartel intimidation in Mexico. more

Feb 18, 2014 10:49 AM Opinions

Canada petroleum pipeline—Keystone Cops politics more

Jan 28, 2014 10:01 AM Opinions

There used to be a 1960s Avis car-rental advertising slogan, “We’re number two, but we try harder.” Perhaps in the spirit of the times we should now revive the phrase and proclaim, “We’re number 12, but it’s somebody else’s fault.” more

Jan 21, 2014 2:06 PM The Sun

It’s that time to consult the snow globe and try to peer ahead at some of the key stories, crises and opportunities which await the world this new year. Indeed 2013 has been marred by new levels of violence, humanitarian disasters, and a perceptible lack of leadership from the USA on the foreign policy front. So what are we looking at in the year ahead? more

Jan 13, 2014 11:29 AM Opinions

Situated geographically between two blocs, divided culturally and religiously between two civilizations, and now placed in the political conundrum of choosing between East and West, Ukraine is again object the competing interests. And amid the political/gravitational pull of the two sides are the swirling clouds of Ukraine’s tumultuous 20th century history. more

Dec 11, 2013 10:59 AM Opinions

In a world where politicians and potentates clog the media with pre-packaged sound bites, yammer with a staccato of political chatter, or drone on with endless explanations of subjects even they forgot, it’s heartening to see a former British Prime Minister act the role of statesman and sage. Thus, after the sonorous drone of the recent U.N. General debate, it’s a pleasure hearing Tony Blair address key global issues with passion, verve, and dedication. more

Dec 5, 2013 10:32 AM Opinions

The super Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the central Philippines left a brutal legacy of death, destruction and dislocation in its wake. more

Nov 26, 2013 1:54 PM Opinions

You can’t make this up. In recent elections for the U.N.’s 47-member Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) some of the winners of the coveted seats are ironically the countries who are among the major global human rights transgressors. more

Nov 19, 2013 3:17 PM Opinions

As civil war, political stalemate, and the tragic hemorrhage of refugees continues, Syria approaches its third winter of conflict. more

Nov 12, 2013 2:39 PM Opinions

A host of “systemic and systematic violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights” continue to plague Iran despite the election of the purportedly reformist President Hassan Rouhani. more

Nov 7, 2013 1:32 PM Opinions

Recent elections for the new non-permanent members of the U.N. Security Council went off with a predictable yawn. more

Oct 31, 2013 11:15 AM The Sun

The raging civil war in Syria has dominated headlines as well as both the debate and emotions at the U.N. General Assembly. But beyond the grisly statistics with over 100,000 people killed as well as the toxic political aftermath of chemical weapons use, there remain three other glaring, but often overlooked, issues. more

Oct 9, 2013 3:57 PM Opinions

We are witnessing an intense geopolitical chess game over Syria as I wrote last week. The players: Barack Obama, President of the United States, former Senator, and Chicago community organizer versus Vladmir Putin, President of the Russian Federation and former Soviet KGB intelligence operative. more

Sep 16, 2013 2:37 PM Opinions

The geopolitical chess game over Syria continues as the world enters Autumn with the clouds of war swirling in the Eastern Mediterranean. more

Sep 7, 2013 6:00 AM Opinions

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