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Sanctions and Regime Change – Iran and Venezuela

Sanctions and Regime Change – Iran and Venezuela Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (22 May 2018) –When President Barack Obama first imposed sanctions on Venezuela in 2015, the stated purpose and subsequent actions by the Obama Administration were to effect behavior change in Venezuelan leadership, not to replace the Nicolás Maduro government. There was mounting evidence Maduro was pursuing a non-democratic path; human rights violations were becoming the norm; and rule-of-law and justice in...

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Isolating Trump on Iran Nuclear Deal

Isolating Trump on Iran Nuclear Deal Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (07 May 2018) –On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, President Donald Trump will tell the world whether the U.S. will abrogate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA – the Iran nuclear deal). The Ward Post does not report breaking news, nor does it make predictions. The latter is virtually impossible with the Trump presidency. However, it is important to provide the context to Trump’s action on the JCPOA. The U.S. capital...

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Blackmailing Pakistan is Bad U. S. Policy

Blackmailing Pakistan is Bad U. S. Policy Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (07 January 2018) — Anyone who understands the geopolitical and security dynamics of Pakistan and neighboring countries – Afghanistan, Iran, India, and China – and the complex and variable relationships between and among these countries, must be scratching their heads trying to figure out current U.S. strategy in the region. Arguably, the most plausible conclusion is that by undermining the Pakistani military, as...

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Hopes, Fears, and Challenges for 2018 – the Global Landscape

Hopes, Fears, and Challenges for 2018 – the Global Landscape Ambassador Curtis A. Ward (29 December 2017) — In 2018 the international community – not an abstract term, but humanity – will face serious challenges to international peace and security, human development, and human security. There will be new challenges, but most are being carried over and are a result of, or exacerbated by lack of responsible leadership and timely action to ameliorate or prevent increasing threats...