Americans can be very generous under the right conditions. After the Haitian earthquake this year, total donations to help rebuild the devastated island amounted to more than $2 billion. Indeed, Americans are fine if a significant portion of their federal budget goes to foreign aid. Actual lending amounts, however, don't measure up to the public's expectations. Marie Mainil and Jeremy Worthington investigate American giving abroad.
It’s fair to say that Americans have become accustomed to the steady stream of brutal reports and violent imagery coming out of Mexico as that country fights an ongoing battle against an entrenched network of drug cartels; it’s also why the drug-fueled violence that wracked Jamaica
For the first time, the American National Security Strategy will focus on homegrown extremists "radicalized" on American soil. The focus represents a key plank of the country's global security policy. The White House would do well, then, to read Ed Husain's The Islamist, a memoir of a London Muslim who nearly became "radicalized," only to see the error of his ways. Lisa Allen reviews this timely portrait.
Three days left to the presidential elections in Colombia. The outcome is supposedly quite critical for the country’s future and I am searching the German mainstream media for any updates.
To what extent should global leaders listen to world public opinion? In this essay, Evan Lewis argues that American presidents tend to shun public opinion and rely on "expert" advice in making foreign policy decisions. If Barack Obama continues this trend, global public opinion of the United States will remain suspect.
BRATISLAVA – Slovakia, like its neighbors in Central Europe, has one of the tiniest percentages of Muslims in the entire European Union: an estimated 5,000 in a population of 5.4 million.
As American politicians and pundits searched for lessons to be learned from September 11, the paucity of domestic experts knowledgeable about South Asia was noted as a weakness the U.S. government had to address urgently, by cultivating a cadre of diplomats and linguists.