Ambassadors of the United States

Clinton fails to silence talk husband Bill craves job of envoy to Ireland

Bill Clinton and wife Hillary pose for a photo in Washington. Photo: EPA

Is Ireland big enough for Bill Clinton?

Monday, 10 December, 2012, 4:12am

Australia finds a new role as Sino-US matchmaker

Every year, Australian and US defence and foreign affairs ministers and advisers discuss security issues and how they both see the world. Last weekend, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and the influential Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte met newly elected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon and Foreign Minister Stephen Smith in Canberra to do just that.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

by Thomas E. Ricks

Penguin, HK$128

3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Wen's diary packed with world leaders' visits

It has been a hectic start to what will certainly be an eventful year for the mainland's leaders.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Call to engage China

The United States should continue to engage China on improving its human rights record rather than boycotting the Beijing Olympics next year, Democratic Party lawmakers said during a trip to Washington.

Former Democratic Party leader Martin Lee Chu-ming was accompanied on a three-day visit to the US capital by party vice-chairman Sin Chung-kai.

20 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Fiasco - The American Military Adventure in Iraq

Fiasco - The American Military Adventure in Iraq

by Thomas E. Ricks

Penguin, HK$128

19 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

US can prevent wrongs by getting intelligence right

What drives critics of the Iraqi war as much as the flawed case for the invasion and the awful human cost has been the Bush administration's reluctance to acknowledge mistakes and take action to correct them.

3 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

New defence chief must learn from US mistakes

New US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has ascended to a powerful role: America's annual military spending is more than China's entire budget, so he has the resources at his disposal to have a considerable impact on the world.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The rise of the neo-con artists


The September 11 attacks demanded a dramatic response. Some fundamental shift in the way the US dealt with the rest of the world. But what?

Most Americans, who had largely tuned out of foreign policy since the end of the cold war a decade earlier, had no idea. Enter the neoconservatives.

9 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Rumsfeld launches charm offensive

Flurry of meetings aimed at wooing new allies and cementing old ties in regional talks

As a rising China dominates the regional security concerns of US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, he is seeking to ensure the Pentagon has plenty of other friends in the region.

5 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Demystify arms buys, China urged

US defence chief suggests culture of secrecy on military budget could affect foreign investment

US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld yesterday urged China to 'demystify' its increased military spending, warning that its continued secrecy would harm its development efforts.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Rumsfeld: canny survivor or liability for Bush?

'You go to war with the army you have ... not the army you might want.' One of many seemingly ill-advised statements that have landed US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld in hot water over the years, this one in particular has come back to haunt him on more than one occasion.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

The danger of negative thinking

How many of you out there would just love to see Colin Powell back in the saddle as US secretary of state? Or, better yet, as secretary of defence, giving the boot to his nemesis - the war-prone Donald Rumsfeld?

22 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

The truth, not lies, has tarnished US image

Donald Rumsfeld wants to open up a new front in the 'war on terror'. It involves countering media reports that damage US interests. The tough-talking defence secretary still has a lesson to learn.

27 May 2005 - 12:00am

Colin Powell's next big act?

It is a long way to the top if you want to rock 'n' roll, as the song by AC/DC goes. American Secretary of State Colin Powell has a long way to go.

29 Oct 2004 - 12:00am