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Venezuela's Hugo Chávez is willing to engage in direct talks with President Obama. How will this effect US policy in the region?

Actor-director Sean Penn debunks the many myths surrounding Cuba's Raúl Castro and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez.

Conversations with Raul Castro about Obama, Guantánamo and the Pentagon; and with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on human rights in his country and the next US administration.

The retired Cuban dictator has played a vital role in every U.S. presidential election for the last fifty years.

Is Venezuela's president undoing his country's experiment in democracy?

He caused the Cuban people much suffering, but the giant to the north bears even greater responsibility for the island's plight.

Most authoritarians leave office in a coup or a coffin. Fidel Castro is leaving on his own terms.

In the shock, power grabs and crackdowns that followed Benazir Bhutto's assassination, it's easy to forget that the greatest casualty in Pakistan is the rule of law.

For all her pro-American rhetoric, many in Benazir Bhutto's party held America responsible for the "judicial murder" of her father. Will Bhutto's assassination have a like impact?

The killing of Benazir Bhutto echoes Pakistan's troubled history, portends more violence and flags a proud country's collapse into chaos. It also signals the manifest bankruptcy of the Bush Administration's anti-terrorism.

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But Obama should just keep talking—until he has a chance to make a deal with a new president not named Ahmadinejad.

April 5, 2013

And there's progress in US-Russia nuclear talks.

March 24, 2013

The White House’s placating of Netanyahu won't make talks with Iran any easier.

March 19, 2013

The United States won’t invade Iran anytime soon—just look at what North Korea has gotten away with.

March 12, 2013

A man who did a lot of good for a lot of people.

March 6, 2013

By softening its rhetoric, the Western side has encouraged the Iranians to come to terms.

February 27, 2013

As Iran readies for presidential elections and US defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel hardens his line on the country, no agreement is forthcoming on where to meet for nuclear program negotiations—but the two countries should decide already.

January 28, 2013

Go out of your way to watch this new documentary.

January 26, 2013

The latest political row over the Magnitsky Act merely continues America's failure to engage with Russia under Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now Barack Obama.

January 7, 2013

For Americans who understand the importance of a cooperative U.S.-Russia relationship, 2012 was a disturbing year.

January 3, 2013