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Please God, Not Another Blue-Ribbon Panel

In these times of straitened budgets, an international affairs realignment commission would allow the State Department to do more with less.

by John Norris | Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

As much as we may love them on one level, presidential campaigns are awful enterprises. Candidates from both parties subject themselves to a seemingly endless series of bad chicken dinners at Holiday Inns, trudge through hundreds of rallies in rain and shine, and embrace a travel schedule that looks as if it was set by […]

by John Norris | Thursday, October 4, 2012

Is America Ready for a Male Secretary of State?

Foreign policy has long been one of the last great bastions of sexism. But as glass ceiling after glass ceiling is shattered in Washington, the time has come to ask when one of the last great barriers will be overcome: Is America ready for a male secretary of state?

by John Norris | Monday, September 24, 2012

The Golden Gun

The games of the XXX Olympiad are complete. Londoners can return to their natural state of dourness. NBC can go back to offering other programming on a maddening tape delay, and pundits can argue whether it makes sense to spend $14 billion to host the games or not. With all 302 medal events completed, it […]

by John Norris | Monday, August 13, 2012

Money Pit on the Potomac

The Pentagon has taken on more and more activities that have very little to do with traditional definitions of national security, writes John Norris.

by John Norris | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hired Gun Fight

John Norris explains how a new plan represents a seismic shift in how American foreign aid programs are conducted.

by John Norris | Wednesday, July 18, 2012

How to Get Your Country off the Sh*t List

An open letter from John Norris to the leaders of Eritrea, Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, and other countries with deplorable track records.

by John Norris | Thursday, July 5, 2012

Does Obama Have a Strategy for Africa?

John Norris explains why President Obama should enhance and expand his policy strategy for Africa.

by John Norris | Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Interactive Map: Ranking Our Foreign Aid Recipients

cursor icon Interactive John Norris sees if countries receiving U.S. economic and security assistance are good places to invest increasingly scarce development dollars.

by John Norris | Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Engagement Amid Austerity

book_alt2 icon Report John Norris and Connie Veillette offer a bipartisan report trying to determine how we can make the most efficient and effective use of scarce resources, reform our foreign affairs institutions, and defend our core national interests amid major budget uncertainty.

by John Norris and Connie Veillette | Monday, May 7, 2012

Ostriches and Automatic Weapons

John Norris shares a story in Foreign Policy about an afternoon with the former Liberian president 10 years ago.

by John Norris | Friday, April 27, 2012

Interactive Map: Foreign Aid

cursor icon Interactive John Norris looks at U.S. foreign assistance spending for the past fiscal year and whether it was wisely appropriated.

by John Norris | Monday, March 19, 2012

It All Starts with Training

book_alt2 icon Report John Norris, Abigail Long, Sarah Margon, and David Abramowitz explain why the United States should invest more in conflict prevention training.

by John Norris, Abigail Long, Sarah Margon, | Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Foreign Aid Cuts Can Be Reasonable

John Norris argues in U.S. News and World Report that foreign aid can be cut without harming national security.

by John Norris | Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Price of Failure

John Norris explains how much the collapse of Somalia has cost the world.

by John Norris | Wednesday, October 5, 2011