Woman's National Democratic Club

The Hedgehog and the Fox—The Biden Administration Leads in Dangerous Times

The Hedgehog and the Fox—The Biden Administration Leads in Dangerous Times By Ambassador (ret.) Cynthia Efird, Member, Foreign Policy & National Security Task Force Since the February 24th invasion of Ukraine, the growing evidence of Russian defeats on the ground, in international standing, and in economic viability has caused some pundits to suggest that President … Read more

Biden/Harris Administration Successes: Progress for People, Building for Strong, Sustainable Growth, Leading with Dignity at Home and Abroad

One takeaway from the media coverage in the week following President Biden’s State of the Union Address is that facts without hype, a serious approach to complicated problems, and a mature acceptance of realities are a hard sell following the last administration’s rollercoaster ride of thrills and chills, lies and flimflam. Perhaps it is time … Read more

Post-Cold War Institutions Confront a Rapacious Dictator

In our despair at the reckless destruction we see Putin inflicting on Ukraine, it is too easy to discount the importance of the European security architecture that US administrations have worked with our allies to create since the end of the Cold War. While it is true that these institutions cannot impose instant solutions to … Read more

Fishing in Troubled Waters: Russia and Culture Wars

This week, as we focus on the dangerous situation caused by the Russian build-up on the Ukraine border and the efforts by the Biden Administration in the UN Security Council and in bilateral exchanges to counter Russian expansionism, we should not lose sight of a larger pattern of Russian aggression in the US and in … Read more

Senate Republicans Imperil US Foreign Policy to Spite Biden Administration and Further Political Ambitions

Senate Republicans, encouraged by Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and John Hawley (Missouri) are damaging US credibility abroad and limiting effective diplomatic input into national security debates at home. They are creating clear dangers to US national security. Five new US ambassadors were finally confirmed last week: four former Senators or wives of Senators, grudgingly let … Read more

Trump Brings Us Closer to War With Order to Kill Iran’s Top General

In killing Iran’s top military leader, President Trump has tossed a lighted match into the volatile Middle East and brought America closer to war.            Why now?             Why did Trump take this extraordinarily dangerous step just days before he faces an impeachment trial in the Senate and just months before a presidential election in which candidates … Read more