Even on those rare occasions when Japan has shown signs of a more activist foreign policy in the Middle East, the pendulum tends to swing back to an energy security-focused approach that reflects caution, neutrality, and the avoidance of military entanglements, writes Mieczysław Boduszyński.
Iran could be drawn into a major water dispute with Iraq and its policy of “water diplomacy” won’t be sufficient to resolve the situation, writes Banafsheh Keynoush.
Economic empowerment for women typically leads to political and social empowerment as well, CARE USA President and CEO Michelle Nunn told Pacific Council members in a discussion on International Women’s Day.
Pacific Council member Banafsheh Keynoush writes about relations between Iran and the Gulf Arab States, Iran’s periphery relations with Turkey and Israel, and Iran’s involvement in Arab conflict zones in the Near East region.
In order for the United States to succeed on the international stage in 2019, it needs to rekindle its relationships with longtime allies, respect international institutions, and be more active in holding repressive regimes accountable, experts told Pacific Council members in a recent teleconference.
A rethinking of the balance between security and mission at fortress embassies in challenging security environments is required in order to meet U.S. public diplomacy goals, writes Mieczysław Boduszyński.
By embracing diversity and encouraging peaceful coexistence, the United Arab Emirates is helping create friendships across different nationalities and faiths, writes Abdulla Alsaboosi.
While President Trump seems poised to declare “mission accomplished” in terms of obliterating the Islamic State’s Syria-Iraq caliphate, counterterrorism planners should be paying closer attention to the terrorist group’s activities in Africa, writes Phil Seib.
Despite gains in Syria, ISIL still maintains a presence online, writes Pacific Council Communications Associate Madison Jones McAleese.
Miry's List and Heal the Bay provided opportunities for Pacific Council members to connect and learn about the world around them.
Storytelling through the lens of one's own culture can help offer readers a different view of global conflict, says Pacific Council member Martha Sardinas.