• Richard Holbrooke: Present at the Demise of U.S. Foreign Policy

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    President Barack Obama and the Guardian described him as "a true giant of American foreign policy." Others, including the Economist, described him as the most influential and effective American diplomat of his generation. Richard Holbrooke was certainly present at most of the hot spots of his era: a young diplomat serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam War as well as part of the United States negotiating team in Paris; ambassador to Germany during its reunification; the leader who held out the carrot and brandished the stick that finalized the Dayton Agreement ending the Bosnian War, and the special representative of the United States to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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  • (Un)Usual Swiss Politics

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    Only in Switzerland? That’s what the protagonists claim. And it’s worth repeating the story to show how different Swiss political leaders are from some of their counterparts in the United States . Two Swiss German newspapers have revealed a most human story that it is marked contrast to the insults coming from Donald Trump during the U.S. presidential campaign.

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  • Some Thoughts on Updating Neutrality

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    Neutrality demands constant updating. For example: When Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis met his Israeli counterpart Israel Katz, did Cassis take sides in the Israel-Palestine stalemate? When rumors float in Israeli newspapers that they discussed an alternative to the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), did Cassis cross the neutral red line by favoring Israel’s position?

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