diplomacy

Gary Locke
7:51 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Chinese Paper Calls Outgoing U.S. Envoy 'Yellow-Skinned, White-Hearted Banana Man'

The Chinese media may not like him, but Gary Locke, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to China, was praised by ordinary Chinese.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 9:05 am

Gary Locke may have won over ordinary Chinese with his conduct in the country, but not everyone was impressed with the first Chinese-American to serve as the U.S. envoy to China.

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NSA Leaks
2:56 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

NSA Revelations Could Mean Changes For American Foreign Policy

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Steve Scher talks with political scientist Henry Farrell about the national security concerns that swirl around leakers like Edward Snowden and how publicizing national secrets affects American foreign policy.

International Diplomacy
3:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Saudi Arabia's Influence In Syria And The Middle East

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Defense, this April in Saudi Arabia. Since then, the relationship between the US has been in flux, particularly in regards to Syria.
Flickr Photo/Secretary of Defense

Steve Scher discusses the changing relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States with Frederic Wehrey, senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

NSA Spying
2:54 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Diplomatic Fallout Of Spying On World Leaders

Today is the second summit day in Brussels for the European Union Council. NSA spying has been a key topic of discussion.
Flickr Photo/President of the European Council

Reports that the United States has been spying on our European allies has caused outrage in the region. According to documents leaked to The Guardian by former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, the NSA has monitored the phone conversations of up to 35 world leaders.

The European Union held a council meeting yesterday and today in Brussels. The original purpose of the meeting was to discuss the economy and job growth, but that was quickly overshadowed by talk of security and trust. Allies spying on allies is nothing new, so why the anger about the revelations? Charles Kupchan, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, explains why this time is different and what the diplomatic fallout will be for the United States.