Paul Bonicelli
Paul Bonicelli
Paul Bonicelli

Paul Bonicelli serves as director of programs at the Acton Institute. His career includes a presidential appointment with Senate confirmation as assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development; as a professional staff member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives; and as an official delegate to the United Nations General Assembly.

Get A Clue. Trump’s Afghanistan Policy Is Not An About-Face

It takes ignorance or willful obfuscation to assert President Trump has flipped since he started listening to generals.

France’s President Is Wrong About Africa. It Doesn’t Need Fewer Kids, But Better Institutions

It is a good thing for rational dialogue and eventual progress for leaders like Emmanuel Macron to accidentally tell the truth publicly, even if his unforced truth-telling was incomplete.

New Cuba Policy Helps Define An Emerging Trump Doctrine

President Trump does not believe the United States has enemies only because we create them, or that anything good comes from accommodating hostile regimes.

Fifty Years Ago, Israel Saved Western Civilization In The Middle East

If we think that region is chaotic now, imagine if there were not a state like Israel to mitigate the barbarism that repeatedly emanates from it.

Rex Tillerson Is The Change America Needs, Our Allies Want, And Our Enemies Deserve

Unlike Obama and Kerry’s approach to diplomacy, which starts with what the people on the other side of the table want or will accept, Rex Tillerson starts with what America needs.

Why The Left Loves Totalitarians Like Fidel Castro

I pity people who celebrate the life of Fidel Castro in a knee-jerk reaction to salve their consciences for having committed themselves to failed and morally bankrupt ideas.

Libertarian Questions Every Voter Should Be Asking

Libertarians are always rightly questioning the role of the state, the size of its power, and the competence of its bureaucrats.

The Meaning Of Prince’s Life

To say Prince was ‘debauched’ or ‘a great pop entertainer’ is not sufficient: that can be said about thousands of entertainers over the last 40 years.

Russia Capably Steps Into Middle East’s Void

President Obama’s weakness in Syria gave Vladimir Putin an opening to make Russia the dominant power in the region.

Obama’s Cuba Visit Aims To Knock America Down A Peg

President Obama thinks the main problem with the world is the United States. That’s why he needs to cut us down to size in Cuba—and everywhere else.

Freedom Brews In Venezuela

Venezuelans who oppose the thuggery socialism has inflicted upon their countrymen have flipped the national legislature.

What Colleges Should Do About Campus Chaos

Boards of trustees at the campuses afflicted with student unrest need to take decisive action. The rest of us need to apologize to millennials.

What Netanyahu Gets Wrong About Toppling Dictators

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used Jeanne Kirkpatrick’s essay the way many people have been using it for years, and it risks distorting her views.

The College Kids Are Not All Right

A new book by a Stanford dean identifies the problems of millennials and their parents, but fails to grasp the moral nature of these generational failings.

How To Salvage Obama’s Failed Cuba Initiative

Congress doesn’t have to sit on its hands as President Obama reinforces Cuba’s oppressive regime.

China’s President Arrives Triumphantly In Washington DC

China doesn’t fear crossing American interests, thanks to Barack Obama.

Who’s To Blame For Europe’s Asylum Seekers?

When you combine American foreign-policy failure with unwise immigration policies in Europe, you get a human wave.

The University Of Tennessee’s Pronoun Problems Indict Higher Education

Pushing ‘gender-neutral pronouns’ such as ‘xe’ and ‘zir’ are what colleges do nowadays instead of actually adding value to society.

When Is A Refugee Really A Migrant?

It is important to understand who is trying desperately to get into Europe and exactly why they are.

Chelsea To Mom And Dad: The United Nations Sucks

Every time undue plaudits and deference are accorded to the United Nations, we should bring Chelsea Clinton’s private memo out of the drawer and wave it about.