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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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Would U.S. Money Have Saved James Foley? - James Traub, Foreign Policy

European governments pay millions of dollars in ransoms to free their hostages. The White House needs to decide whether it’s willing to sacrifice principle for people....

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...

Obama, Be Honest About U.S. Role in Iraq - Robin Wright, LA Times

Let's be honest. The United States has crossed the threshold on Iraq. We're in it to salvage the country — again — using American military might. But the mission has also, ver...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

Is Barack Obama a Coldhearted Realist? - Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy

This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts....

Want to Fix Border Crises? Empower Women - Marisol Ruiz, Yale Global

A common denominator in most proposals is that they lack a gender perspective or simply ignore the concerns of women and girls. A long-term solution is to urge Central American gov...

Putting America First Isn't Always Best for U.S. - Michael Young, National

If their desire is an American withdrawal from the world, similar to the mood prevailing in the country after the First World War, then they have to measure the consequences. For t...

Questions from the Syria Blame Game - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

Hillary Clinton recently reignited the who-lost-Syria debate when she suggested that President Obama made a mistake in not intervening more forcefully early in the Syrian civil war...

Ambivalence About America - Roger Cohen, New York Times

The pendulum always swings too far. Obama the restrainer has been the great corrective to Bush the decider. Far from the magician imagined back in 2008, Obama has been the professi...

Ferguson Is Not Iraq - Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review

The intention of these linguistic games is typically twofold. The first is reasonable: To point out that domestic coverage of foreign politics is often hopelessly simplistic. (One ...

What if Ferguson Happened in Another Country? - Max Fisher, Vox

[Satire] Violence could spread to oil-producing regions such as Oklahoma or even disrupt the flow of American beer supplies....

Canada to the Rescue! - Diane Francis, The American Interest

Most proposals about unifying the United States and Canada are based on economic complementarity and cultural affinity. Here’s one based on institutional necessity....

How Germany Spies on Its Friends - Der Spiegel

For more than a year now, German officials have criticized the US for the NSA's mass spying on Europeans and even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, embarrassing revelations show that ...

Latin America Can Help Save the Yazidis - Carlos Montaner, Miami Herald

The Yazidis know what awaits them and are trying to emigrate to the United States, Canada and Europe. Nobody talks about Latin America. Why not? If the Latin Americans were really ...

Sham U.S. 'Concern' over Syria and Iraq - The Daily Star

American officials periodically speak of their “concern” over events in Iraq and Syria, whether the horrific human toll in lives, or the threats to regional and international s...

Is American Foreign Policy for Sale? - Daniel Drezner, Washington Post

Last week Peter Beinart threw down a pretty provocative argument about the hawkish foreign policy rhetoric coming from the crop of potential 2016 presidential candidates, particula...

Can U.S. and India Become Real Partners? - Sourabh Gupta, TNI

The US-India strategic partnership is either the most under-performing bilateral relationship in the world or its most overrated....

U.S. Living in the Past over Cuba - Global Public Square

Remember last December when President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raúl Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, and got a lot of criticism for it? In t...

Six Big Lessons from the Ebola Outbreak - Alex Berezow, RealClearScience

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which continues to rage and has now claimed the lives of more than 1100 people, offers some big lessons for America....

Are Dollar's Global Currency Days Numbered? - Santiago Villa, Espectador

It's not going to happen tomorrow, in a year or even five years. But it's conceivable, even likely, that within ten years, the U.S. dollar will cease to become the reference curren...

White House Sending Wrong Message to Terrorists - Jerusalem Post

It is important that both Israel and the US work to heal any rifts and press forward on common interests, such as countering extremist threats and creating regional stability toget...

Return of the Global War on Terror - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Barack Obama has spent most of his presidency trying to narrow Bush’s war on terror. But with the new campaign in Iraq, the big war is back....

Five Reasons the U.S. Can't Beat China in Africa - Zachary Keck, TNI

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama convened nearly fifty African heads of state in Washington, DC for the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. As the largest event ever ...

Iran's Supreme Leader Is Loving the Ferguson Protests - Reid Standish, FP

The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rarely skips an opportunity to bash the United States. The tense standoff in Ferguson, Miss., is giving him a new chance to enga...

Hillary's Foreign Policy Views Don't Matter - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

Hillary’s Clinton may be a foreign policy hawk, but that won’t matter in 2016....

What if Hillary Had Won in 2008? - Aaron David Miller, Washington Post

Clinton’s policies would probably not have diverged fundamentally from the ones the president pursued while she was his secretary of state or those he has embraced subsequent...

Obama's China Strategy Is Doomed - Ted Galen Carpenter, National Interest

As Beijing’s power grows, it will become more and more difficult for Washington to continue its strategy of trying to enjoy the fruits of all possible approaches to dealing w...

Obama Should Have Listened to Hillary - Charles Krauthammer, Nat'l Post

Leave it to Barack Obama’s own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking. Mind you, Obama does deploy ...

China Outsources Dirty Work to U.S. Military - Adam Minter, Bloomberg

It’s hard to argue that China has played a constructive “builder” role in Iraq recent years, especially as its oil interests have expanded, just as it is difficult to counter...

Maliki Exit Sets Stage for Deeper U.S. Role in Iraq - Cloud & Bennett, LAT

The resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki after a bitter final power struggle sets the stage for increasing U.S. arms shipments and military advisors, deepening America&...

West Isn't Answer in Iraq -- It's the Problem - Andrew Bacevich, Spectator

No doubt the ‘Islamic State’ poses a danger of sorts. But for the United States and for Europe, that danger is negligible. Regional powers such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran...

Does America Need an 'Organizing Principle'? - Noah Gordon, The Atlantic

The lack of an organizing principle encourages the consideration of each action on its own merits. Arming America’s Kurdish allies in Iraq, for instance, isn’t the same...

All the President's Men and Women - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

When Obama hasn’t been doing battle with the Islamic State (IS) in and around Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s been ranged against former members of his own administration who, ei...

In Praise of Not Doing Stupid, er, Stuff - Rick Salutin, Toronto Star

Barack Obama’s approach to foreign policy is a great one. Doing stupid stuff previously has led to the Mideast being entangled in problems now....

Obama's 'Discrete' Answer to Iraq Chaos - Amir Taheri, New York Post

Will the Obama administration’s military intervention in Iraq be “discreet” or “discrete”? That is, does it mean to keep a low profile to avoid offen...

Can Hillary Fix Obama's Mess? - Will Marshall, Politico Magazine

Democrats would be wiser to accept Clinton’s implicit challenge to talk more about the positive uses of American power. Much of the world now believes that a declining America is...

Obama Steps Down Iraq's Slippery Slope - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

The arrival of U.S. troops at Mt. Sinjar, where American airstrikes have broken a siege of Iraqi Yazidis and Christians by International State of Syria and Iraq, marks a dramati...

Maliki's Gone. Will Iraq Get Worse? - Stephen Carter, Bloomberg

The resignation of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has led critics of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy to insist that there is no longer any reason to withhold mili...

Team Obama Is in Over Its Head - George Will, New York Post

This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary...

Asia Lessons from Ford and Kissinger - Andrew Gawthorpe, The Diplomat

Obama is not the first president to face these problems – aggressive adversaries, nervous allies, and a U.S. public deeply unwilling to make the commitments necessary to reassu...

Obama's Foreign Policy Record: TBD - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

This is all intrinsically connected with optics: America's reputation for power as perceived by its friends and enemies. To wit, the Israelis might not have liked Kissinger or Bake...

Are Central American Kids the New Boat People? - Bill Frelick, Politico Mag

The Haitian and Vietnamese in-country processing programs—ironically and perversely—required that people who wanted to apply not be afraid to wait for the prolonged pro...

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Insurance Commissioner urges health

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits...

Biden will head to Ohio's Appalachi

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign this weekend in Ohio's Appalachian region, an area loaded wit...

Lingle, Hirono meet in first debate

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono are facing each other in the first of fiv...

Pine Bluff election in question due

Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop the November mayoral election...

Longoria promises 'no empty chairs'

Actress Eva Longoria says her speech to the Democratic convention will be very different from Clint ...