Suzanne Nossel

Suzanne Nossel is a former senior adviser at the United States Mission to the United Nations and is currently a senior fellow at the Security and Peace Initiative, a joint project of the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation. She is the founder of the weblog.

Recent Articles

Containing Disaster

If Congress is to derail President Bush's wayward plan to send more U.S. troops to Iraq, it must offer more than non-binding resolutions and bluster on the Senate floor. It must come up with a responsible and compelling alternative. As Bush challenged his critics last month, "My only call to Congress is that if you've got a better way to succeed, step up and explain it.

Two Wars on Terror

Five years after September 11, it is possible to take stock of what parts of the battle against terrorism are succeeding and failing, and why. The thwarting of an elaborate terrorist plot against trans-Atlantic flights last week prevented what some maintain could have been a second September 11-style attack. Regardless of what the would-be perpetrators were actually capable of, credit goes to the intelligence, law enforcement and transportation security agencies that uncovered the plan, caught the culprits, and protected the public. The rest of the picture is bleaker. The announcement that more than 3,400 Iraqi civilians died in unrest in the month of July is a shocking reminder that the world's most powerful military has, let's face it, failed in its chief aim of stabilizing Iraq. The Israel Defense Forces' inability to vanquish Hezbollah in a month-long fight further shows that when in on-the-ground combat, terrorist groups can stand up to the world's most advanced armies It's clear...

Why Don't They Like Us?

America Against the World: How We Are Different and Why We Are Disliked by Andrew Kohut and Bruce Stokes (Times Books, 259 pages, $25.00) Überpower: The Imperial Temptation of America by Josef Joffe (Norton, 271 pages, $24.95) After September 11, the Bush administration identified anti-Americanism as a top priority in the war on terrorism and created a comprehensive plan, including the appointment of a new assistant secretary of state for public diplomacy, to reshape foreign perceptions of the United States. Not surprisingly, the campaign has gone about as well as the Iraq War. Observers of anti-Americanism now see a variety of species -- from European condescension to Latin American historical resentment to murderous jihadist impulses in the Mideast -- all on the rise, propagating in the fertile environment that Bush's policies have created. Two new books explore the sources of American unpopularity. America Against the World , by Andrew Kohut and Bruce Stokes, focuses on public...

Ballot Botch

It's too early to know whether early reports of implausibly high numbers of "yes" voters in Saturday's referendum in Iraq will cast doubt on the legitimacy of the country's new constitution. While there's still hope for a clean victory, sufficient doubts have been cast on the results to open a door for those who would wish to cry foul. Whether whiffs of ballot-stuffing or fraud are validated, the absence of a large-scale international observer contingent on hand to monitor this high-stakes election was a glaring gap in the planning for this pivotal event. The presence of international observers has become a mainstay of election planning in transitional societies, as their presence deters would-be spoilers from planning shenanigans. Observers can watch balloting, oversee the collection and storage of votes, and monitor counting. Tasks range from reporting on improper campaign activities at polling stations, to preventing people from voting more than once, to imposing fair and...

Hard Job for a Hardnose

Word has it that John Bolton will finally get his recess appointment today. Earlier this summer, Suzanne Nossel wrote about why a recessed John Bolton is as bad as no John Bolton at all, from the administration's policy perspective. Matthew Yglesias explained why it fits their political strategy just fine. Mark Leon Goldberg detailed the war over documents that kept Bolton from confirmation in the first place. Michael Tomasky speculated as to what dangerous outcomes could follow such an appointment. And we've got more from Nancy Soderberg and others on the bitter Bolton battle. The Bush administration's options for advancing the nomination of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations are now dwindling, and one that officials are now considering is the recess appointment. They should rule it out. Plenty of people have pointed out how hypocritical it would be for President Bush to sidestep the Senate after Republicans castigated Bill Clinton for doing the same. The main reason to...