US Politics, World News & DC Living
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DC Insider Goes Global
My articles & talks on international affairs & US politics
“A Tragedy on All Fronts: American Hubris, Afghan Corruption Contributed to the Country’s Stunning, but Not Entirely Surprising, Downfall — And Now Ordinary Afghans Will Pay the Price” – August 2021
“Stop Underestimating This President: Biden Has Proven His Detractors Wrong, Yet Again. And If Democrats Can Survive a Brutal Fall, They Might Be in for a Brighter Spring“ – August 2021
“The Bill Comes Due: Will There Be Repercussions for Trump and His Acolytes for Trying to Steal an Election?” – February 2021
“Fool Me Once…. This Time Around, Biden and Democrats Aren’t Waiting on Republicans to Support Their Stimulus Plan” – February 2021
Global Education Conference (moderator) – December 2020
“Sinam Mohamad Pushes U.S. Not to Abandon Her Fellow Kurds” – September 2020
“Crisis Manager: Canada’s New Envoy Confronts Pandemic, Protest and Protectionism” – July 2020
“Australia’s Boiling Point: Catastrophic Wildfires Leave Lasting Scars, and Lessons, on the Continent” – April 2020
“As Coronavirus Spread, State Department Evacuated Over 100,000 Americans” – June 2020
“Academics Say U.S. Interventions to Force Regime Change Often Fail” – May 2020
VIDEO : Ambassador Insider Series – Women in Diplomacy
DC Insider Goes Local
My coverage of culture & living in the nation’s capital
“White House Social Secretary Talks to Embassy Counterparts About Navigating Pandemic“ – August 2021
“Statue of Liberty’s ‘Little Sister’ Comes to DC to Celebrate US-France ties” – July 2021
“AU Marks 60 Years of Peace Corps with Intimate Stories and Memories” – April 2021
“Fauci Talks About His Italian-American Heritage at NIAF Gala” – December 2020
“Long Before Trump’s ‘Fake News’, Artists Stretched the Truth” – October 2020
“Prince George’s County Selects Malik Aziz of Dallas as New Police Chief“ – March 2021
“Ambassadors Ball Goes Virtual to Raise Funds to Fight MS” – October 2020
“Capricia Marshall’s New Book Makes Case for Enduring Power of Protocol” – July 2020
“Coronavirus Pandemic Transforms Holiday Etiquette” – October 2020
“Strathmore Creates Digital Monuments to Influential Local Artists” – October 2020
“Propelled by Innovation, Swedes Take Road Less Traveled in ‘Smart Mobility’” – May 2020
“Graciela Iturbide Captures a More Nuanced Portrayal of Her Homeland” – April 2020
“Ronald Reagan Building Spreads ‘Diplomatic Messages of Hope’ Amid Pandemic” – September 2020
“GALA Hispanic Theatre Faces the Pandemic on Both Personal and Professional Level” – April 2020
Useless random thought of the day: Never trust a skinny chef.
What in the World Is Going On?
What’s that in the air? Cicadas? Yes — that’s them making a kamikaze dive bomb toward your car. Humidity? Yes — remember, D.C. is a literal swamp. Political maneuvering and recriminations on the Hill? A given. But on a brighter note, D.C. is emerging from its pandemic hibernation and enjoying a renewed sense of normalcy.
The repercussions of Donald Trump’s presidency will be deep and long-lasting — as will his power. After all, he’s not going gently into that good night. He’s going thundering into the next 1,460 days until he can reclaim the White House in the 2024 election — or make a last-gasp effort to steal this one.
Apparently it’s that time because this convenient red herring has emerged yet again to distract Americans from where their taxpayer money actually goes.
From Iran to Israel to Lebanon, a recent panel discussion painted a dark picture of what lies ahead for the Middle East.
For nearly three years, Sinam Sherkany Mohamad has worked the corridors of power in Washington to drum up American support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which she represents as the U.S. envoy for the Syrian Democratic Council.
Your Essential Headlines
“Examining the Case Against the Filibuster” (The New Yorker)
“Enemies, a Love Story: Inside the 36-Year Biden and McConnell Relationship” (Politico)
“The President’s Taxes: Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance” (The New York Times)
“We Got Our Hands on Thousands of Secret Documents. Let’s Break Them Down” (BuzzFeed)
“Fighting for U.S. Values Abroad, Black Diplomats Struggle With Challenges at Home” (Foreign Policy)
“U.S. Medical Supply Chains Failed, and COVID Deaths Followed” (AP/Frontline)
“Christianity Will Have Power” (The New York Times)
EUROPEAN AMBASSADOR STAVROS LAMBRINIDIS ON EU-US RELATIONS UNDER THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION
REP. KAREN BASS: DIVERSIFYING THE U.S. FOREIGN SERVICE
TRUMP’S SHADOW: FADING OR BRIGHTER THAN EVER?
U.S. ELECTION SERIES: THE DAMAGE
U.S. ELECTION SERIES: THE AFTERMATH
U.S. ELECTION SERIES: RUSSIA
U.S. ELECTION SERIES: EUROPEAN UNION
U.S. ELECTION SERIES: CHINA
U.S. ELECTION SERIES: LATIN AMERICA
U.S. ELECTION SERIES: ISRAEL AND THE GULF STATES
VENEZUELA: WHAT’S NEXT?
CORONAVIRUS: WHAT DIPLOMATS NEED TO KNOW
POST-PANDEMIC LONG-TERM THREATS
LEADERSHIP DURING A PANDEMIC
DIPLOMACY IN AN AGE OF CORONAVIRUS
OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”Gustave Flaubert
*We know museums, restaurants, shops and essentially the world are closed for now because of the coronavirus pandemic, but we’re also optimistic we can overcome this crisis and return to our lives, so hopefully this guide offers some helpful inspiration for rediscovering the joys of life.
As longtime managing editor of the respected The Washington Diplomat newspaper, my mission has been to give readers a clear-eyed view of U.S. politics, foreign policy and world affairs that goes beyond the Beltway noise to help people understand what matters and why.
Along with this big-picture breakdown of the news, we uncover the wealth of local gems, from exhibitions to dining to galas, that make D.C. a truly global capital of culture. These are crazy times. It seems like Washington — and the entire world — have been turned upside down. I’ll explore both inside and out to help you make sense of it all.