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The U.S. Climate Change Plan—Ambitious but Politically Fragile

March 31, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya looks at the fragile nature of climate politics leading up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris. 

Tags: president obama, paris, obama, executive action, climate change

Out Loud: Northern Ireland’s Tenuous Peace

Earlier this month, TCF fellow Patrick Radden Keefe published a long-form feature story in the New Yorker on the I.R.A. and the period of turmoil in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles. Radden Keefe discussed his recent piece and his time spent in Belfast while researching the story.

There’s a common misconception in the United States, Keefe says, that the Irish conflict was largely resolved by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. “I was really shocked,” he says, “when I spent time in Belfast for this story, to find a society that’s still really profoundly divided, and in which some of the terrible things that have happened in the past stubbornly refuse to stay in the past.”

Listen to Radden Keefe on the New Yorker's podcast, Out Loud.

Tags: patrick radden keefe, new yorker, ireland, ira

Reading Room: Thanassis Cambanis *00

TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis, who was a member of Princeton's Class of 2000, is featured in this week's edition of the university's alumni magazine. The feature highlights Cambanis, his book Once Upon a Revolution, and his time spent in the Middle East in recent years.

When the revolution erupted in Egypt in 2011, journalist Thanassis Cambanis *00 knew he had to be there: “It was clearly a historical moment for the Arab world.” In Once Upon a Revolution, Cambanis tells the story of two ordinary Egyptians who threw themselves into overthrowing President Hosni Mubarak and championing democracy, in different ways.

Find the article in the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Tags: thanassis cambanis, once upon a revolution, egyptian revolution, egyptian protests, book review

Max Strasser on Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story: When the Sun Falls over Tahrir

TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis has received more praise for his recently published book Once Upon a Revolution, this time from Max Strasser, an associate editor at Foreign Policy magazine.

The product is his book Once Upon a Revolution: An Egyptian Story, a comprehensive, straightforward — and sympathetic — accounting of the Egyptian revolution from its percolations in the anti-police brutality movement that began in Cairo and Alexandria in the summer of 2011 up through the brutal start of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s presidency, making stops along the way to various elections, constitutions, and protests.

Read the review by Strasser in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Tags: thanassis cambanis, once upon a revolution, egyptian revolution, egyptian protests, book review

The United States Should Recognize the State of Palestine

March 27, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Foreign Policy

The United States supports a two-state solution in the Middle East, but with the recent re-election of Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process has been placed in jeopardy. In a new piece, TCF fellow Michael Cohen and Matthew Duss of the Foundation for Middle East Peace urge US politicians to finally recognize the state of Palestine—with or without Israeli support.

In the end, recognizing Palestine would be both good for U.S. national security and consistent with basic American foreign policy values: support for self-determination and independence. Indeed, it was precisely these values that informed the U.S. decision to recognize Israel as an independent state in 1948. The past few years have seen millions of Arab citizens demonstrating, and sometimes giving their lives, for their rights and freedoms. We should join the 130 countries that already recognize Palestine, signaling that we share and support those goals for everyone, everywhere.

Duss and Cohen's call for US recognition of the Palestinian state can be found in the Washington Post.

Tags: washington post, palestine, obama, netanyahu, michael cohen, mahmoud abbas, israel palestine peace, israel

Letter to the Editor: Helping the Victims in Syria and Iraq

March 20, 2015 BY: Stephen Schlesinger TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow Stephen Schlesinger submitted a Letter to the Editor to the New York Times in response to an article published last week which claimed that the United Nations' reputation has fallen as a result of the ongoing Syrian war. Schlesinger's letter can be found below:

Seventy years of history have shown that the United Nations is not able to stop wars until both parties to a conflict are ready to put down their weapons and discuss peace, or until the member states of the Security Council agree to send in troops to stop the bloodshed.

This clearly has not been true in either case in Syria. Let’s stop disparaging the body for the failures of others.

To see additional letters published in today's paper, visit the New York Times.

Tags: united nations, syrian war, steve schlesinger, stephen schlesinger, new york times, letter to the editor


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