Woman's National Democratic Club

The Biden Administration in a Complex World

The Biden Administration in a Complex World By Cynthia Efird, Member, Foreign Policy & National Security Task Force The humorist H. L. Mencken once commented, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and WRONG.” This insight goes a long way to explaining why the Biden foreign policy differs from the … 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