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US foreign policy

US says 'bar higher' for dialogue with N. Korea

The United States says North Korea's recent actions have risen the bar for a resumption of dialogue, and it called on Pyongyang to address concerns on weapons but also human rights.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 8:12am

Pacific rivals vie for prize of India

To the Confucian scholar Xunzi, writing in China 2,500 years ago, calling things by the right name was imperative. If things were properly named, he asserted, "there is no longer the danger of people's ideas not being understood". This concept of the "rectification of names" is as applicable today as it was in ancient times.

29 May 2013 - 6:16am

Book review: The Secretary, by Kim Ghattas

This is not an up-close-and-personal account of Hillary Clinton's travels as US secretary of state. Instead, The Secretary is a well-documented, neatly written account of American foreign policy during the first four years of President Barack Obama's administration.

7 Apr 2013 - 4:08pm

Obama's visit restores hope

Bringing peace to the Middle East was US President Barack Obama's stated foreign policy aim after he took office four years ago. But the impetus quickly fizzled out, and in place of hope, there has been tension and distrust. Yet change is again in the air after Obama started his second term by making Israel his first overseas trip, raising expectations with a series of successes.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am 1 comment

Book review: Above the Din of War, by Peter Eichstaedt

So much for Operation Enduring Freedom. The American-led mission launched after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York's fiscal heart limps on, finally set to fizzle out in 2014, when the US forces are slated to end their occupation of Afghanistan.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:50pm

Holding back women only hobbles progress

During my first week as the US secretary of state, I had the honour of meeting a group of courageous women from Burma. Two were former political prisoners, and although they had all endured incredible hardship in their lives, each of them was committed to moving forward - providing education and training to girls, finding jobs for the unemployed and advocating for greater participation in civil society. I have no doubt that they will continue to be powerful agents of change, bringing progress to their communities and their country in the years to come.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

John Kerry presses US secretary of state case with Senate committee

American foreign policy is more than just drones and troops, Senator John Kerry pledged yesterday, as he outlined to US lawmakers his priorities if they back him as the next secretary of state.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Trial by fire for Obama's choice to succeed Clinton

Susan Rice was playing stand-in on September 16 when she appeared on five Sunday news programmes a few days after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:42am

Hillary Clinton courts Asia, welcomes China in US-led trade talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed China and other Asian countries to join trade talks in mapping out a foreign policy focused more on economic strength than military might.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:19am

The American Dream and harsh realities

US President Barack Obama was back to his best form when he made a teary-eyed victory speech to his supporters last week and promised that the best was yet to come, and he would fight for all Americans to create the land of their dreams and of the American Dream.

17 Nov 2012 - 1:17am 1 comment

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