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Engaging Iran won't guarantee improved U.S.-Iranian relations or a more stable Gulf region. But not engaging means more of the same.

In the '90s, there was scant presidential leadership and insufficient domestic political mobilization for foreign policy grounded in human rights.

I think I would like the sort of job where you can work away in obscurity to try and improve things, without being caught up in the political maelstrom.

American decision-makers must understand how damaging a foreign policy that privileges order and profit over justice really is in the long term.

Being an occupier is not good for anybody's global standing. It is a catalyst for terrorist recruitment.

Brokenness is the operative issue of our time - broken souls, broken hearts, broken places.

Countries that intervene militarily rarely do so out of pure altruism.

Democracies are expense-averse and they think in terms of short-term, political interests rather than a long-term interest in stability.

Foreign policy is an explicitly amoral enterprise.

Historical hypocrites have themselves carried out the very human rights abuses that they suddenly decide warrant intervention elsewhere.

I believe the United States is the greatest country on Earth. I really do.

I happen to miss the Constitution; I thought it was a good document.

I like to think that as I get older I'm getting better at spending time with people who have qualities that make them worth spending time with.

I think Obama is right when he talks about the rule of law as a cornerstone of what the United States should stand for.

If you represent everyone, in some ways you represent no one. You're un-owned.

India is at the vanguard of figuring out how to exploit technology and innovation on behalf of democratic accountability.

International institutions are composed of governments. Governments control their own military forces and police.

My basic feeling about military intervention is that it should be a last resort, undertaken only to stave off large-scale bloodshed.

One of the things that a president needs in the face of genocide is resolve.

Over the years, Western governments have been criticized for working with foreign police who have proved abusive or corrupt.