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Foreign Policy
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Monday, 09 October 2006

New York Congressman Eliot Engel's international relations experience is both broad and deep. Arriving on the Hill before the fall of the Berlin Wall, he has seen our foreign policy evolve from “Cold War” to “peace dividend” and now into the “War on Terror.” PT talked at length with the Congressman about the shifting contours of our foreign policy and what we can do better.

PT: Over your time in Washington, how have the dynamics of the debate shifted with respect to foreign policy? For example, what was that interim period like—between the fall of the Berlin Wall and September 11th? In the absence of a "foil," what brought cohesion to so many disparate policies?

Engel: ...

U.S. Policy: Beyond Slogans
Tuesday, 19 September 2006

Is democracy inherently bad at articulating large policy objectives?
September 20, 2006

Presidents have had wars on poverty, drugs, and terrorism. They have tried to "save Social Security" and "end welfare as we know it."

In addition to fighting a "global war on terror," the current administration likes to strengthen government programs. According to the White House Web site's "issues" pages, President George W. Bush is "strengthening" Social Security, Medicare, health care, small business, and early childhood learning.

But do Americans know what these policies are? More importantly, do they even care? Many experts argue that American policy-making has become a hodgepodge of catch phrases and umbrella po...

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