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" It's a very bad thing when people exterminate other people, and people persecute minorities. "
" The most striking thing is that even before Osama bin Laden was killed, he seemed largely irrelevant to the Arab Spring. "
" I think that all countries that participate in multilateral institutions see the institutions as a way of advancing what they view as their national interests and they see in many cases multi-lateral institution as the best way to do that. "
" I like globalization; I want to say it works, but it is hard to say that when six hundred million people are slipping backwards. "
" One of the things that ultimately led me to leave mathematics and go into political science was thinking I could prevent nuclear war. "
" For the private sector to flourish, special privilege must give way to equal opportunity and equal risk for all. "
" Democracy is a process. "
" The American people are pretty impressive in their ability to keep after something if they think it is doable. "
" I certainly don't like a label that suggests I believe that the military is the solution to most of the world's problems. "
" I can't predict the future. "
" I have always had a tendency to keep enlarging problems which I personally think is the way the world works... that seeing anything one dimensionally on the kinds of political, sort of big issues of human progress is going to be a distorted view of things, which is why over my career I have gone seemingly from subject to subject to subject. "
" I've met quite a few dictators up close and personal in my life. "
" Look, I think the notion that there's a dogma or doctrine of foreign policy that gives you a textbook recipe for how to react to all situations is really nonsense. "
" I told my father I had to try political science for a year. He thought I was throwing my life away. "
" It is kind of nice to have a common purpose. "
" Poles understand perhaps better than anyone the consequences of making toothless warnings to brutal tyrants and terrorist regimes. "
" Sometimes corruption is slowed by shedding light into what was previously shadowed. "
" Support for peaceful reform by the people themselves is the right way to promote democracy, not the use of force. "
" You can't be involved in healthcare without being involved in the battle against AIDS. "
" You can't win if you're chasing the wrong problem. "
" The internal affairs of other countries has a big impact on American interests. "
" I mean, we're going to probably debate the Iraq war for at least as long as I'm alive. "
" The absence of Saddam is a huge weight off the Arab world. "
" I think it's a mistake to rely too much on any one economic factor. It's why investors try to spread their portfolio round. "
" History is just littered with problems that were solved that were supposed to be impossible. "
" Someone once said that history has more imagination than all the scenario writers in the Pentagon, and we have a lot of scenario writers here. No one ever wrote a scenario for commercial airliners crashing into the World Trade Center. "
" I think, in the longer view of things, there is a very powerful pull in the direction of participatory government. "
" Public action should seek to expand the set of opportunities of those who have the least voice and fewest resources and capabilities. "
" The cost of the high-cost economy remains too high. "
" No one argues that we should have imposed a dictatorship in Afghanistan having liberated the country. Similarly, we weren't about to impose a dictatorship in Iraq having liberated the country. "
" Generally speaking, the stronger the connection between the financing and the ultimate beneficiary, the better the result. "