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Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) think the U.S. government should use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries against suspected terrorists. Americans are, however, much ...(full article)

President Obama was a man changed for the better on his trip to Israel. He offered a more realistic base for approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was muscular in standi...(full article)

If Iraq was regrettable in one respect, it was in pushing Obama to embrace destabilizing minimalism in the Arab world. The U.S. has left a void that contending actors are seeking t...(full article)

The newest outpost in the U.S. government’s empire of drone bases sits behind a razor-wire-topped wall outside this West African capital, blasted by 110-degree heat and the occas...(full article)

Countries from Uzbekistan to Ukraine use a loophole to try to quietly influence the United States. A "foreign agent" by any other name....(full article)

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How America's Rich Are Different - Paul Waldman, American Prospect

Almost nowhere else is there such a tight link between class and opinions about cutting government....

Iran Sanctions Have Backfired on America - Seyed Marandi, Al Jazeera

Many Iranians are convinced that their country's offers for reconciliation have been rejected by Washington and its Western partners because of Iran's opposition to apartheid in Pa...

Why Is America Endorsing a Distorted Narrative? - Jerusalem Post

By refusing to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel, the US is essentially strengthening this distorted narrative....

Obama's Foreign Policy Impacts 2014 Vote -- Really - Stu Rothenberg, RC

The growing perception that President Barack Obama over-promised and has under-delivered on international issues could add to the already hardening perception that his presidency h...

The Problem with the New Isolationism - Cathy Young, Time

Obviously, the U.S. should tread carefully in using its muscle in foreign conflicts, especially when there may be no best-case scenario in sight and no minimally reliable friends. ...

Closer, But Still No Deal on Iran - David Ignatius, Washington Post

As the Iran nuclear talks reach roughly the halfway point in the six-month timetable for negotiating a comprehensive agreement, both sides report slow, steady progress in closing g...

Stopping Russia Starts in Syria - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. It is time for US President Barack Obama to demonstrate that he can order the offensive use of force in circumstances o...

Nationalism, Not NATO, Is Our Great Ally - Patrick Buchanan, Creators

Putin knows that his own popularity, near 80 percent, is due directly to his being seen as a nationalist willing to stand up to the Americans and their claim to be sole architects ...

Chinese Spies Keep Eye on Leading Universities - John Garnaut, SM Herald

China is building large covert spy networks inside Australia's leading universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities. Chinese intelligence ...

What Happened to the Asia Pivot? - Chicago Tribune

None of the administration's challenges are easy. Hammering out a good trade accord is anything but a sure thing. Countering a stronger and more assertive China will be tricky. Nor...

3 Ways Ukraine Affects the Asia Pivot - Erik Brattberg, RealClearWorld

As with any presidency, Barack Obama's agenda has been heavily driven by external events. His landmark foreign policy initiative (if one doesn't count ending the two wars in the Mi...

What if China Goes All Putin on Its Neighbors? - Steinberg & O'Hanlon, FP

As President Barack Obama prepares for his trip to Asia this week, he will face questions not just about the administration's signature rebalance, or "pivot" toward that region, bu...

Obama's on the Right Track with Asia Pivot - Tom Donilon, Wash. Post

The decision to rebalance stemmed from a recognition of the United States’ crucial role in supporting Asia’s social and economic development. Were it not for 70 years of U.S. i...

Threat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership - Miller, DeLauro & Slaughter, LAT

Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama's bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister...

Why Are Americans Obsessed with the Missing Plane? - Margie Mason, AP

From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perh...

Americans Shouldn't Be Dying for Allies - Doug Bandow, Forbes

Americans can't always be the ones to die for everyone else....

U.S. & Brazil Should Be Friends, So Why Aren't They? - Roger Cohen, NYT

Brazil, a kind of tropical United States, finds it difficult to connect to Washington, and vice versa. The nation that might have been America’s closest ally (even without a ...

Obama Lost Ukraine in a Few Stupid Steps - Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

No one wants to say so, but the Obama administration has backed the wrong horse in Ukraine, and the misguided wager is a big loss. It is hardly the president’s first failure on t...

Obama Needs to Focus on China, Quickly - Gideon Rachman, FT

The real problem is that America’s efforts to date have been sufficient to antagonise China but not sufficient to reassure American allies. The Japanese worry that the US was too...

Global Morality: Where America Ranks - Elizabeth Brown, Reason

WikimediaA new global survey from Pew Research Center compares views on morality in 40 countries. Respondents in each country were asked about the moral acceptability of eight thin...

How America Lost Vladimir Putin - Rohde & Mohammed, The Atlantic

A rupture between Russia and the West, 14 years in the making...

Obama Settles on His Anti-Putin Strategy - Peter Baker, New York Times

President Obama is focused on isolating Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions and effectively making it a ...

Why American Foreign Aid Works - C. Griffin & P. Christy, RCW

President Obama's visit to South Korea next week will highlight not only a critically important alliance, but also one of the greatest success stories of foreign aid in American ...

U.S., EU, Russia Strike a Balance on Ukraine - Washington Post

The deal promises to arrest what had looked like an accelerating slide into anarchy or even civil war in eastern Ukraine. As Secretary of State John F. Kerry pointed out, so far it...

How the West Lost in Afghanistan - Alan Philps, The National

One of the lessons of the long war in Afghanistan is that negotiating tribal politics in a country such as Afghanistan requires a lifetime of knowledge of local history and profici...

Putin, Like Obama, Must Be Called Out on Spying - Ed Snowden, Guardian

I questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him....

Putin Wins Again from 'Seinfeld' Foreign Policy - Benny Avni, NY Post

Our foreign policy, like “Seinfeld,” is about nothing....

Putin's Plan to Repel the West - Ivan Krastev, Foreign Affairs

Russia's aggression in Ukraine should not be understood as an opportunistic power grab. Rather, it is an attempt to politically, culturally, and militarily resist the West. Russia ...

Should America Be Israel's Lawyer? - John Cassidy, The New Yorker

It’s been clear for years that the one thing that might -- and only might -- change the Israeli government’s thinking is a credible threat by the United States of pulling away,...

Why U.S. Must Cut Afghanistan Loose - Brahma Chellaney, Globe & Mail

Admittedly, there are no good options. But an indefinite role for foreign forces would be the equivalent of administering the same medicine that has seriously worsened the patient...

America & Modi's India: Cold Friends - Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Indian Express

It is not exactly a secret that India-US relations are going through a rough patch. Getting this relationship back on track will require extraordinary vigilance and nimble footwork...

Why Obama Can't Explain His Foreign Policy - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Obama has good realistic instincts, but thus far he doesn't have a strategy that he has been able to explain to the public. And without a strategy he loses influence, since power i...

A Different Israel Meets a Different America - Thomas Friedman, NY Times

We’re not dealing anymore with your grandfather’s Israel, and they’re not dealing anymore with your grandmother’s America either. Time matters, and the near...

Foreign Policy Is No Place for 'Red Lines' - Sen. Rand Paul, Washington Post

I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran. I am also not for announcing that the...

The Cost of Putin's Adventurism - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Obama's strategy is to make Putin pay for his adventurism, long term. Unless the Russian leader moves quickly to de-escalate the crisis, the U.S. will push for measures that could ...

The Tragic Decline of U.S. Foreign Policy - Ian Bremmer, Nat'l Interest

Unfortunately, the US government has undermined its own ability to persuade allies to help with the international heavy lifting. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and d...

In the Middle East, Time for U.S. to Move On - New York Times

The pointless arguing over who brought Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to the brink of collapse is in full swing. The United States is still working to salvage the negotiations, bu...

The Slow Death of the Old Global Order - Robert Merry, National Interest

Seriousness is what the times call for. We are living through a crisis of the old order, and it demands new thinking, new cautions, new understandings of the profound challenges of...

Is Washington Giving Putin the Green Light? - David Frum, CNN

President Obama was very wrong in his speech in Brussels on March 26 to suggest that the United States had no national interest in Ukraine. What's at stake in Ukraine is the peace ...

West's Good Intentions Ending Badly in Ukraine - Richard Gwyn, The Star

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't blinked at U.S. and EU sanctions and Ukraine threatens to sink into the same morass as Syria....

The Folly Of American Isolationism, Revisited - America Economia

The International Monetary Fund could be crucial providing aid in Ukraine and elsewhere, but much is on hold as the U.S. Congress blocks much needed IMF reforms....

The West Needs to Push Back on Ukraine - Chicago Tribune

In its responses to Vladimir Putin's flagrant aggression against Ukraine, the Obama administration has been playing catch-up — and without much sense of urgency or resolve. S...

Has the West Enabled the World's Rogues? - Colin Robertson, Globe & Mail

It's a testing moment for the international order. How will we respond to Russian actions that Prime Minister Harper describes as "aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic"? Is ...

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Longoria promises 'no empty chairs'

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