Articles by Lawrence Haas
- Hagel, Kerry, And The Combat Experience
January 10 2013 10:12 AM
If confirmed, Chuck Hagel and John Kerry will bring to their positions as Secretaries of Defense and State, respectively, an unusual on-the-ground perspective on war-making from their days in Vietnam.
- For The United States, A Treacherous New Year
December 27 2012 1:42 PM
Happy New Year -- we should hope -- because 2013 could prove a defining one on a host of interrelated challenges in the Greater Middle East, with profound consequences for the United States and its allies.
- The New York Times’ Creative Take On Hamas And Israel
December 13 2012 10:18 AM
Yes, it is unfortunate that Israeli leaders may hear Hamas' Khaled Meshal's words and somehow conclude Hamas is an "enemy" that "intends to continue to use military force."
- Empowering Arab Women
November 15 2012 10:00 AM
A country can’t maximize its socio-economic performance when half of its people can’t participate fully in its socio-economic life.
- Iran’s Threat In America’s Backyard
November 01 2012 11:05 AM
The recent launch of talks between Iranian and Argentine officials over how to improve relations between their countries is troubling enough from a moral standpoint, but the strategic implications are even worse.
- We Need A New Vision For The Greater Middle East
October 18 2012 12:41 PM
Neither President Barack Obama, nor Gov. Mitt Romney is addressing the need for a new, visionary framework that serves U.S. interests in the region.
- The Problem Of Pakistan
October 04 2012 2:52 PM
The troubling travails of Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager who lives near Islamabad and is facing blasphemy charges for allegedly burning pages of the Koran to cook, reflects the growing intolerance toward religious minorities that amounts to what one expert calls a “gradual genocide” in Pakistan.
- In Putin We Trust?
September 20 2012 12:42 PM
Our leaders do this from time to time -- convince themselves they can change the ways of an authoritarian ruler and, through a mix of logic, sweet talk, and carrots, convince him to do what we’d like.
- Post-Election, Iran Could Become Obama’s Decision
September 06 2012 1:59 PM
For the moment, let’s set aside the friction in U.S.-Israeli relations over Iran’s nuclear program, which serves neither Washington nor Jerusalem.
- Jack, Ina, And The Lessons Of History
August 23 2012 1:25 PM
He and Ina have a story that's both charming and important. It speaks to the power of love, to the human instinct to survive in the midst of horror, to the role of fate in determining who lives and who dies.
- U.S. Should Forcefully Encourage Free Elections In Georgia
July 26 2012 3:12 PM
Freedom and democracy don’t come easily to a land that’s known precious little of it over time.
- U.S. Opportunities In Libya And Egypt
July 12 2012 3:27 PM
Events in Libya and Egypt highlight the potential benefits of United States human rights promotion -- both for the U.S. and for people across the world -- as well as the downsides of America's failure to pursue that task.
- Peace Through Tennis: An Alluring Idea
June 28 2012 11:20 AM
All is not lost, however, for peace between Israelis and Arabs need not come just from the top down -- not just when leaders across this turbulent region cast aside their weapons and sign treaties.
- We Will Be Haunted By Syria
June 14 2012 11:10 AM
?Life,? the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard said, ?must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.?
- Latest U.S. Report Is Timely Human Rights Reminder
May 31 2012 10:51 AM
The question is whether, in light of growing human rights problems from China and Russia to the Middle East and North Africa, the United States is doing enough to factor human rights into its foreign policy.