Ivanka Trump's star is ascendant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and around the world, too.
For even the most seasoned diplomats and foreign policymakers, the Israel-Palestinian conflict is a pressure cooker assignment that can cause angst of an existential nature.
In the Arab and Israeli worlds' eyes, Jared Kushner is a perfectly plausible American arbiter of - if not peace - then at least more process, procedure, and posturing.
We need to offer Africans the alternatives to terrorist recruitment that their own governments cannot. This includes, yes, jobs.
The United States and its European allies need to start viewing foreign assistance to some messy and unsavory regions of the world as investments in our collective future rather than charity; we're paying money now so that we don't have to pay with blood and treasure later.
Why should we take options off the table in advance?