Foreign Policy Dogmatism, Not PragmatismItem: A May 6 Reuters article, detailing President Obama meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, described the president’s approach as “pragmatic,” “measured” — and of course “diplomatic”:

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice

With no competition, the United States received 167 out of 192 votes for an empty regional seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

On April 30, Captain Richard Phillips, the heroic skipper of the pirated Maersk Alabama, told U.S. senators that “hardening” commercial shipping vessels, arming senior crew members of commercial ships, and employing armed military or private security details should be among the top policy options considered to combat the increasing wave of piracy in the troubled Horn of Africa region, and elsewhere on the high seas.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met at the White House with President Barack Obama on May 7 and also met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, before going on to meetings in New York where Russia will hold the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of May.

President Barack Obama met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on May 6, in what has been described as an attempt by the U.S. president to forge greater cooperation amongst America’s allies in the war against al-Qaeda terrorists.