Past Questions for Power and Diplomacy


June 14, 2006

If Iran becomes the dominant regional power in the Middle East, the region will be safer and more stable. True or false?


June 16, 2006

Should the U.S. and other countries send representatives to the G-8 counter-summit?


June 20, 2006

What's the lesson of the World Cup's success? Should FIFA replace the UN? Is there a foreign-affairs equivalent for Ronaldinho?


June 23, 2006

Should the U.S. carry out a strike against the North Korean missile? What would be the consequences of such a strike?


June 26, 2006

Did the United States do the right thing 50 years ago in deciding not to intervene in support of the Hungarian Revolution? Or did it miss a chance to break the Soviet Empire three decades before the fall of the Berlin Wall?


June 27, 2006

Should governments around the world be allowed to monitor financial transactions to identify terrorists? If the press learns secrets about these anti-terrorist surveillance programs, should they publish them?


June 29, 2006

How would an Obrador victory effect Latin America? And how would the U.S. interact with a populist government running its second largest trade partner and second largest source of crude oil?


July 5, 2006

If you were appointed as mediator in this latest Israeli-Palestinian crisis, what steps would you recommend?


July 10, 2006

Why isn't China more forceful in promoting international security?


July 13, 2006

What does the crisis feel like on the ground and, from where you sit, what looks like the right way to defuse it?


July 13, 2006

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July 17, 2006

Draft a proposal that you think should be on the G8 agenda.


July 18, 2006

Do such international peacekeeping forces make a lasting difference or are they stopgaps that leave underlying problems unaddressed?


July 22, 2006

Is the war making the world safer for Israel, America and their allies or more dangerous?


July 26, 2006

What two suggestions would you give the U.S. Secretary of State?


July 29, 2006

Has globalization peaked? What impact would reduced international trade have on your country?


August 1, 2006

Would Iraq be better off if it dissolved into three ethnic enclaves?


August 4, 2006

Who will dominate post-Fidel Cuba and does it matter for the world?


August 7, 2006

How will post-war Lebanon change the political dynamics in the Middle East?


August 10, 2006

Can Asia really prosper if the Middle East remains unstable?


August 12, 2006

From where you write, what's the significance of this latest plot and how might such terrorist activities be stopped over the next decade?


August 15, 2006

What one book would you suggest to summer readers and why?


August 19, 2006

How can the new international force do a better job than the old UNIFIL at stabilizing Lebanon and preventing future attacks on Israel? Should the U.N. force insist on disarming Hezbollah?


August 23, 2006

Is Iran just trying to buy time? Should the UN negotiate more with Iran, or impose sanctions because of its failure to comply?


August 29, 2006

Should it be a goal of the U.S. to reduce that hostility and, if so, what's the best way to do it?


September 2, 2006

Are tribal identities becoming stronger as nation states weaken? What, if anything, should "good" government do about tribes?


September 9, 2006

In the wake of Abu Ghraib, how will these proposed military commissions affect national security? Will this plan expose our troops, now deployed around the world, to similar treatment?


September 15, 2006

Is NATO's mission in Afghanistan failing? What should the U.S. and NATO do to contain the insurgency before Afghanistan once again becomes a "failed state."


September 15, 2006

Let's move off politics this week. What are people talking about in your part of the world in the realm of business, culture, or society? And what does it tell us?


September 19, 2006

From where you write, was the apology enough? What should Christians and Muslims be talking about now?


September 22, 2006

Should regional solidarity be allowed to trump human rights needs? What could be done to pull away support from the Sudanese regime and enable UN troops to enter?


September 25, 2006

How free are journalists in your country? Even where there isn't outright censorship, how much self-censorship goes on? How can journalists work together to protect each other and our common goal of open communications?


September 30, 2006

Who is the right successor to Kofi Annan? Should the U.S. support reliable South Korea, rising India or a troubled Middle East?


October 4, 2006

Given the mess in Iraq, should the U.S. move toward "federalism plus" — a plan that devolves power into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish regions? What would be the consequences of such a de-facto partition for the rest of the Middle East?


October 7, 2006

Do you think Americans are obsessed with Sex and Politics?


October 9, 2006

Should the world community punish North Korea and if so, how?


October 16, 2006

Does anyone where you live think that a Democratic Congress in the U.S. would be better for the world?


October 21, 2006

What story, event or trend has been most striking in your part of the world this week. Why? Does it have any significance beyond your borders?


October 25, 2006

Does a leader have a right to bypass democratic institutions to ensure his people are fed and secure?


October 27, 2006

Should homosexuals be allowed to marry?


November 2, 2006

Why did North Korea return to 6-party talks this week? Does this signal China's emergence as the regional superpower? Should the world welcome a more active and ambitious China on matters like this?


November 7, 2006

What one recommendation would you make to the members of the U.S. House and Senate?


November 13, 2006

After the decisive Democratic election victory, should the U.S. begin withdrawing troops from Iraq now?


November 20, 2006

What are people talking about in your part of the world in the realm of business, culture, or society?


November 28, 2006

From where you write, who's gaining power, who's losing it, and who is coming in fast from the outside?


December 4, 2006

The Pope says Turkey should be part of the European Union. Is he right?


December 8, 2006

If the American era in the Middle East is ending, as argued by some analysts, what is likely to replace it? Chaos? Self-determination? Iranian hegemony? A new caliphate?


December 15, 2006

Are women making real breakthroughs where you live or is it still one-step forward, two steps back for half the world's population?


December 22, 2006

What is your favorite proverb or saying from where you live that you would want to share with the world? What does your proverb tell us about today?


January 3, 2007

Give us an unexpected new year's prediction.


January 8, 2007

Write an open letter to the new UN Secretary General.


January 12, 2007

Let's really speculate: What will Iraq look like 10 years from now?


January 18, 2007

When, if ever, will political turmoil derail the world economy? Give us evidence from where you live.


January 26, 2007

Should prostitution be legal anywhere?


February 1, 2007

If theories about climate change are right, people 1OO years from now will be enraged we haven't done much more to reduce carbon emissions. So, getting radical, what "direct action" should we take?


February 2, 2007


February 7, 2007

China's leader Hu Jintao just provided Sudan with an interest-free loan to build a presidential palace. Meanwhile, genocide continues in Darfur as Western sanctions prove ineffective. Does China's willingness to invest in Africa without preconditions cause more harm than good? In the end, could Africa be re-colonized by China?


February 10, 2007

The Mecca Accords. Panelist Daoud Kuttab from Palestine and Yossi Melman from Israel discuss peace after The Mecca Accords.


February 14, 2007

Polls show that many people in Europe think the U.S. is a greater threat than Iran. What should we make of this?


February 21, 2007

Panelist Shekhar Gupta from India and Ahmed Rashid from Pakistan discuss India-Pakistan relations, terrorism, and the road to peace.


February 22, 2007

Russia's back with a vengeance. Is Putin justified in criticizing NATO expansion? Should Russia's neighbors worry?


February 28, 2007

Are girls overly sexualized where you live? How important is being light-skinned or slim? What should be done about it?


March 7, 2007

In net, is immigration helping or harming your country? What about emigration?


March 10, 2007

Should the U.S. speak to Hamas ministers in the new Palestinian National Unity Government, as part of efforts to mediate the Israel-Palestine conflict?


March 14, 2007

Are leftist regimes on the rise where you live? Are you witnessing a backlash against globalization? If so, is it justified and what should be done about it?


March 20, 2007

It's the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War. Looking at Iraq and your own region, why do ethnic and religious groups fight each other? And what is the solution?


March 25, 2007

The suspension of Pakistan's chief justice has triggered massive protests against President Musharraf. Is your judicial system free from political interference? If not, what are the consequences for your community?


March 29, 2007

At its 50th anniversary, is Europe the way of the future or a vestige of the past?


April 4, 2007

Ahmadinejad's pardon of 15 captured British sailors raises the question: Who's running Iran and how should we deal with them?


April 9, 2007

For the spring holidays, a lighter question: What's the most popular TV show where you live, and what effect does it have on viewers?


April 13, 2007

The world's bankers and finance ministers are meeting in Washington this weekend. Suggest a good economic idea that the global big shots should consider.


April 18, 2007

People jump on America for dragging its feet on global warming; what about developing countries like China, India and Brazil? Will this "planetary emergency" bring rich and poor nations closer together or drive them further apart?


April 23, 2007

Does it matter who the next French president is, or is France doomed to decline?


April 27, 2007

Russia has the oil card, the Iran card, and the missile card (or so it thinks). Is Russia using them to threaten the West, or is the West picking the fight?


April 30, 2007

There are two kinds of land mines: the kind that explodes when you step on it, and the kind that explodes when you take your foot off. Which kind is Iraq? How can it be defused?


May 7, 2007

On the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's visit to America: Should the monarchy be abolished in Britain? Or should other nations have kings and queens so they can stop worshiping movie stars?


May 10, 2007

The South African government has invited the Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, to visit. Is this shrewd diplomacy or a naïve reward to terrorists?


May 14, 2007

25 years from now, will historians write that Tony Blair was one of Britain's greatest modernizers or a promising leader who got stuck in a disastrous war?


May 18, 2007

PostGlobal's Amar Bakshi is taking a laptop and video camera around the world to explore people's views of America. Will he find anti-Americanism still on the rise in your country, and is the damage permanent?


May 24, 2007

Rich countries need a steady supply of new immigrants to keep up their growth rates and welfare systems. But everywhere immigration is causing a backlash. What to do? Amnesty? Higher fences?


May 30, 2007

What's the right agenda for the next meeting in U.S.-Iran talks?


June 4, 2007

Can President Musharraf survive as the leader of Pakistan if he continues to cooperate with the U.S.?


June 8, 2007

Are Putin's policies in Russia dangerous? As G8 leaders meet this week, how should the world respond to this new Russia?


June 11, 2007

Actress Drew Barrymore is now lobbying Congress for the UN World Food Program. Do Hollywood star-activists help bring attention to global problems, or do they get in the way of those who know what they're doing? From the newspaper:
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June 14, 2007

Tony Blair just called the media "feral beasts" who care more about sensationalism than serious issues. Is he right?


June 18, 2007

Hamas has taken Gaza, and Abbas has kicked them out of the Palestinian government. Who's to blame for lack of progress towards a Palestinian state?


June 21, 2007

BBC's Alan Johnston is still missing after 100 days. Have Western journalists lost their "white flag" of neutrality? How can they get it back?


June 25, 2007

Pakistani scholars denounced Britain's knighting of Salman Rushdie and honored Bin Laden in response. Was Britain being needlessly provocative or simply asserting its own values and ideals?


June 28, 2007

What's the first thing Tony Blair should do if he wants to make progress as the Quartet's Mideast peace envoy? ("Quit" is not an acceptable answer.)


July 2, 2007

Does the latest car bombing in the UK make you feel unsafe where you live? Or is this just London's problem?


July 6, 2007

A new bestseller in the U.S. asks: "Are we Rome?" That's our question to end this July 4 week: Is America Rome?


July 10, 2007

Should Taiwan hold a democratic vote on whether to declare independence from China, or do Taiwan's leaders have a greater responsibility to their people to avoid war?


July 12, 2007

Militants holding Pakistan's Red Mosque vowed to fight to the death this week -- and many of them did. What is the attraction to martyrdom?


July 18, 2007

The White House says the Baghdad government has made satisfactory progress toward half its goals and unsatisfactory progress toward the other half. Is half enough? How can we tell whether things are moving in the right direction?


July 23, 2007

What two books would you recommend for summer reading -- the first, to learn, and the second, to escape?


July 29, 2007

Should Russia have to hand over the man Britain accuses of assassinating ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko on British soil?


August 1, 2007

After a strong win in parliamentary elections, Turkey's current leadership is set to keep pursuing its reforms. Does the government's Islamist rhetoric pose a threat to Turkey's secularism? Or is moderate Islamism the best way for Muslim nations to avoid extremism?


August 8, 2007

The U.S. Congress has approved broad authority for American intelligence agencies to monitor global communications that transit the U.S. Is this surveillance justified if it helps stop terrorist operations?


August 13, 2007

Global financial markets are falling sharply because of America's subprime loan problem. Does this prove that the world remains tied to the fortunes of the United States, or will these jitters soon pass and emerging markets will continue to boom?


August 22, 2007

On the 6Oth anniversary of the creation of India and Pakistan, this question: Was partition of the country in 1947 a mistake?


August 28, 2007

China plans to ban over a million cars from Beijing's streets for next year's Olympics. Beijing's concerned about the air; elsewhere it's oil dependency. What would it take to get people where you live to drive less?


September 4, 2007

Countries like to claim they don't negotiate with terrorists. But didn't South Korea do the sensible thing in repeating its pledge to withdraw its troops and ban its missionaries from Afghanistan -- and, according to some reports, pay a ransom -- in return for the Taliban release of 21 hostages?


September 10, 2007

U.S. President Bush arrived at the APEC summit a day late and left a day early to deal with Iraq. Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived before any other leader and announced a bevy of regional initiatives. Is China winning the diplomatic tussle in Asia?


September 19, 2007

Pakistan 's plight under President/General Musharraf raises an interesting question about generals and politics: Is a strong military the path to a strong and democratic state, or is it an obstacle?


September 24, 2007

Iranian President Ahmedinejad is in the U.S. this week for the UN General Assembly, at a time of rising fear about U.S.-Iranian conflict. Was Columbia University wrong to invite him to speak at a public forum?


October 3, 2007

Should countries tell China that if it does not pressure Burma to open up, they will boycott the Beijing Olympics?


October 15, 2007

The U.S. Congress is going to pass one of those resolutions condemning another country for its past: this time, Turkey for the Armenian massacres. Is this righting a grave historical wrong or needlessly trampling on the sensitivities of a close ally?


October 25, 2007

President Bush has talked about the danger of World War III if Iran doesn't stop its nuclear program. What do people think is the risk of war where you are?


October 30, 2007

The dollar is reaching new lows this week: it's down 16 percent against the Euro over the last two years. Does this reflect fundamental weakness in the U.S. economy, or just a temporary blip in the market?


November 2, 2007

Newsweek's cover just called Pakistan "the most dangerous country in the world." Agree? If not, what is?


November 9, 2007

'Changing Pakistan is a job for Pakistanis, and the more we meddle, the more likely we are to get things wrong.' That's my argument in my Wednesday column. Agree or disagree?
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November 12, 2007

Does the Israel lobby have too much influence over U.S. decisions?
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November 19, 2007

The price of oil is near $100 a barrel. Global credit markets are in disarray. The world seems to be slipping toward recession. What's going wrong here? David Responds
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November 22, 2007

The U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving this week. What changes would people in your part of the world be grateful to see in the coming year?


December 3, 2007

There's plenty of anxiety these days about immigration. From where you sit, how disruptive is it? Why? What should we do about it?


December 6, 2007

Does Hugo Chavez's defeat in Venezuela's constitutional referendum mean the beginning of the end for Latin American leftism? David Responds
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December 10, 2007

How is the world different if Iran DOESN'T have a nuclear weapons program, as the CIA now says? Should Iran be allowed to build a nuclear power program with no inspections or obstructions? David Responds


December 17, 2007

We're featuring six creative proposals for how to move forward on climate change after the Bali Conference, presented by the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements. Which is most promising, and why? Read them below, then cast your vote or post a comment. THE PROPOSALS 1) For Fairness, Use Formulas 2) Make Kyoto Stronger 3) Create ‘Climate Clubs’ 4) Let Countries Handle It 5) Research More Flexible, Creative Solutions 6) Be Realistic CAST YOUR VOTE


December 21, 2007

The producers of the movie "The Kite Runner" had to evacuate three boy actors from Afghanistan because they were involved in a scene portraying homosexual rape. Who's at fault here: the movie producers who exposed the boys to danger, or the Afghan culture that threatens them?


December 24, 2007

Is Christmas a bigger event in your country than it was ten years ago? Is this a sign of Westernization or just commercialization?


December 27, 2007

After Benazir Bhutto's assassination on Thursday, what's next for Pakistan?


December 31, 2007

What was the biggest news story in your country in 2007, and why?


January 4, 2008

The U.S. starts to choose a president this week. If you could send the candidates one message, what would it be? David Responds


January 10, 2008

The slaughter last week of Kikuyus and Luos in Kenya reminded us that this is a world of tribes. How should wise governments deal with the reality of tribal loyalties and tribal violence? David Responds


January 14, 2008

Australians are voting online for a "Word of the Year" from a list of new words to be included in the dictionary: among the frontrunners, "Chindia" and "globesity." Create your favorite new word of the year that tells us something about trends in your country.


January 22, 2008

In the future, global prosperity will present more of a threat than poverty, according to a recent Post op-ed. Is this just rich-American rhetoric, or is the world really getting too prosperous for its own good?


January 23, 2008

If countries around the world are doing so well economically, why are they still catching a cold when the United States sneezes?


January 30, 2008

With the U.S. presidential primary season in full swing, there's a lot of talk here about "change" vs. "competence" in leadership. Which does your country have more of? Is that a good thing?


February 6, 2008

China's on a resource-buying spree, most recently paying US$13 billion for a stake in an Australian mining company. Is this a threat to your nation and its economy? To the world's?


February 9, 2008

Turkish secularists say that allowing women to wear headscarves will result in the Islamicization and radicalization of the country. Do they have a point?


February 14, 2008

For Valentine’s Day, this question: What is the future of love?


February 19, 2008

With Castro gone, will Cuba become America's 51st state?


February 25, 2008

Are the U.S. and Europe right to recognize Kosovo and continue to poke Russia with a stick?


March 2, 2008

All four Oscars for best acting went to non-Americans. Is Hollywood's cultural hegemony finally breaking up? Or are we Hollywoodizing foreign talents like Javier Bardem and Marion Cotillard? Editor's Note: The Ridley Scott movie 'Body of Lies,' starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, is based on David Ignatius's latest novel, and is due to be released this fall.


March 4, 2008

With the Israeli re-invasion of Gaza, it's clear that the "Annapolis Peace Process" is collapsing. Does it matter? Who's to blame?


March 11, 2008

New York State governor Eliot Spitzer admits he hired a prostitute. Should people care, and why?


March 17, 2008

The U.S. State Dept. says China's no longer one of the world's worst human rights offenders. Are they right?


March 24, 2008

The global economy is quaking. Are we heading toward a global recession? Who's to blame?


April 1, 2008

Vice President Dick Cheney said last week that Hamas is doing all it can to torpedo the Mideast peace process -- but Ephraim Halevy, former head of Mossad, thinks it's time to include the Islamist group in peace talks. Who's right?


April 10, 2008

If Robert Mugabe refuses to give up power in Zimbabwe, should other nations intervene? How?


April 16, 2008

Food riots have broken out in Egypt, Indonesia, Cameroon, Peru and, most recently, Haiti. What impact do you see the food-price explosion having on the world or your region, politically and economically? What can be done about it?


April 24, 2008

Protests over the Olympic torch relay have led to a crackdown in Tibet. Is Tibetan independence a lost cause? If not, what should its supporters do to win it?


April 30, 2008

Software and media piracy costs U.S. businesses as much as US$58 billion a year. Will the U.S.'s anti-piracy report announced last week do any good? If not, what will?


May 6, 2008

In his recent PostGlobal blog post, "The Ugly Chinese," commentator John Pomfret says the world's perception of China isn't as rosy as it used to be. Do you see China as a threat? Why? Why not?


May 12, 2008

Israel celebrated its 60th birthday this week. Will it survive to celebrate its 100th?


May 22, 2008

Egypt has detained a number of its citizens for using the social networking site Facebook to organize anti-government protests. What online sites are most effective in influencing politics -- and is the impact positive?


May 29, 2008

The American magazine Foreign Policy and British magazine Prospect have published a joint list of the world's Top 100 Public Intellectuals. The list includes several PostGlobal panelists. Who's missing from the list? Who would you take off?


June 4, 2008

CIA Director Michael Hayden says al-Qaeda is more or less defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan. Should the Bush administration take credit? How much?


June 11, 2008

PostGlobal celebrates its second birthday this week. Is there a growing global agenda -- that is, an agenda of issues being discussed that affects the world rather than individual countries? Or are local concerns still paramount?


June 16, 2008

After Ireland voted down EU reforms last week, we're left wondering: Is the EU unraveling?


June 19, 2008

A new poll finds widespread mistrust of world leaders. Are trustworthy national leaders a thing of the past? If not, who's an exception?


June 23, 2008

The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan. Rather than sending more troops, is it time to negotiate a truce there?


June 27, 2008

Zimbabwe's chaos has brought about unprecedented cooperation in the UN, with even China and Russia switching sides to condemn Mugabe's government. So -- what should this united UN DO to force change?


June 30, 2008

Seymour Hersh reports a $400 million U.S. covert action program against Iran. On a scale of 1 to 10, what's the likelihood of an American or Israeli military attack on Iran before Jan. 20 (Inauguration Day), and why? For extra points, name the date.


July 1, 2008

The UN is pulling non-critical staff from Darfur after the indictment of Sudan's president increased tensions there. Isn't this like what happened in Rwanda in 1994 just before the genocide began--protecting UN lives at the cost of African ones?


July 7, 2008

The G-8 summit is Bush's last hurrah as a world leader. What's one thing he can do to strengthen his legacy?


July 18, 2008

France has rejected a citizenship application from a burqa-wearing Moroccan woman on the grounds that she has "insufficiently assimilated" to French culture. Should cultural assimilation be a requirement for citizenship?


July 28, 2008

The Olympics open soon, and offer a perfect platform for anti-government protests by ethnic minorities and dissident groups. Who's likely to protest and how should Beijing respond?


August 7, 2008

A U.S. military tribunal court has convicted Osama bin Laden's driver, Salim Hamdan, of providing material support for terrorism after detaining him for nearly seven years. Is this a step forward or a step back in the war on terror?


August 12, 2008

Is the Georgia war the start of a broad Russian push to regain its empire? How should the world "contain" this new Russia?


August 18, 2008

What's the next likely target of Russia's reassertion of power?


August 22, 2008

Will Pakistan be better or worse off after Musharraf?


August 27, 2008

In their campaign, should Barack Obama and running mate Joseph Biden advocate a clean break in U.S. foreign policy, or should they rely on continuity and experience?


September 14, 2008

Australia is suffering from a drought of men - about 100,000 of them, most of whom have gone overseas to travel and work. China has the opposite problem - a shortage of women. Which is the more worrisome problem? Should we be worrying about a "de-population bomb?"


September 9, 2008

Does it worry you that Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee talks about issues like gun rights and abortion and teaching "creationism" in school, but has no experience in foreign policy? What does her selection say to people in other countries about how U.S. politics works?


September 16, 2008

Does the crisis on Wall Street mean that the American style of capitalism is no longer the model for the world?


September 23, 2008

Will the current financial crisis discredit free-market policies in your country? Is socialism an echo of the past or a preview of the future?


October 3, 2008

Will the U.S. financial crisis lead to an erosion of U.S. influence comparable to the Iraq war?


October 6, 2008

A London publishing house was firebombed for agreeing to publish 'The Jewel of Medina', a controversial novel about Muhammad's wife, which Random House dropped earlier this year because it feared terrorist threats. In hindsight, was Random House in the right? Does this justify censorship of this kind in the future?


October 14, 2008

How do we get a coordinated global response to this global credit crisis? Who should lead?


October 27, 2008

India recently passed a national smoking ban. Should the rest of the world follow, or is that stepping over the line?


November 4, 2008

What's the first thing you hope Barack Obama does as President-Elect?


November 24, 2008

If the current global recession gets worse, which countries or regions will it destabilize? Is there a way out?


December 15, 2008

If India discovers that another Mumbai plot is on the way from Pakistan, what should it do? What right of unilateral self-defense should international law allow?


December 29, 2008

Predict some good news for the world, or your part of it, in 2009.


January 5, 2009

What's the most likely outcome of Israel's invasion of Gaza? A wider war? A Hamas defeat? Just more of the same?


January 22, 2009

What's the biggest mistake Barack Obama could make in his first six months in foreign policy?


February 2, 2009

The mood at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year was decidedly gloomy, which seems a fair reflection of economic conditions. Let's look forward: tell us what the bright spots might be in the world economy this time next year.


February 9, 2009

The Academy Awards are coming, and an Indian movie, "Slumdog Millionaire," could win best picture. But what are we overlooking? What's the best non-Hollywood movie you saw this year?


February 18, 2009

Israel's real "existential question" is whether or not to disenfranchise its Arab minority, says Fareed Zakaria in his column this week. Is he right?


March 2, 2009

The Obama administration has finally set a date for withdrawing U.S. troops for Iraq. If ethnic strife returns there, raising again the specter of civil war, should the U.S. send troops back in?


March 18, 2009

With President Zardari forced to reverse his bans on political opponents, is Pakistan on the brink or is this a positive sign? What, if anything, can the West do to help maintain stability and democracy?


April 1, 2009

Rate Obama's first performance on the international stage on a scale of 1-10, and tell us why you think so.


April 15, 2009

The U.S. will lift travel restrictions on Cuba, but leave the larger trade embargo in place. Is that a smart move? Does it go far enough? Too far?


April 24, 2009

Today is "Genocide Remembrance Day "in the Armenian community, a particularly strained time of year for Turkey and Armenia. What's a realistic first step forward toward reconciliation for each of these countries?


May 1, 2009

How can we reduce our vulnerability to risks posed by global interconnectedness - from swine flu to financial contagion to terrorist threats? What risks do you see on the horizon?


May 12, 2009

Are Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama on a collision course over Iran and the Palestinian problem? What would be the consequences of a breach between the United States and Israel?


May 22, 2009

American newspapers are in dire financial straits. How are newspapers faring where you are? Are you concerned about the future of journalism in America or in your own country? What does that future look like?


June 4, 2009

Apropos of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's trip to Beijing this week: Have China and the world lost confidence in America's ability to manage the global economy? If so, what can the U.S. do to gain that confidence back?


June 8, 2009

What did you think of Obama's speech in Cairo? What kind of change will, or won't, it bring?


June 15, 2009

Are we witnessing a pro-regime coup in Iran? What should the world do in response? How will the election aftermath affect Iran's projection of power into the Middle East?


June 24, 2009

What do your heart and head tell you as you look at pictures, videos, and other kinds of stories from Iran? Should the world help the protesters--and how?

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