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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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U.S. Should Focus on Human Rights in Cuba - Washington Post

The opening of embassies upgraded the status of U.S. officials in Havana, who will now be full-fledged diplomats, with freedom to move around Cuba. Perhaps they should skip a diplo...

Why China Wants Jeb vs. Hillary - Aaron Mak, Politico Magazine

Sensitive about their own democracy deficit, the Chinese are poking fun at the Bush-Clinton dynasties....

The Iran Deal Is Transformational - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

The president of the United States has argued that the Iran nuclear deal, which will almost certainly become the centerpiece of his foreign-policy legacy, is not transformational. ...

Cuba: New Beginning, Old Script - Miami Herald

It's a hopeful moment, but many Cuban-Americans and Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits remain skeptical about the new approach. They have yet to see tangible progress in d...

Cuba & America: End of an Estrangement - Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker

The reëstablishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba on Monday puts a formal end to more than a half century of estrangement between the two countries. T...

How the U.S., Russia Could Solve Syria - Paul Saunders, Al-Monitor

The Iran deal has produced a level of mutual congratulations in the US-Russia relationship that, however mild, has not existed for some time. According to the White House, Presiden...

Obama's Hollow Africa Policy - Adekeye Adebajo, The Guardian

In true African tradition, we should welcome Obama to his ancestral home, but in his final year in office we must also continue to hold his feet to the fire, and encourage more act...

Downside of U.S.-Style Elections in Canada - L. Martin, Globe and Mail

They're back. Fears about the Americanization of Canada – this time it’s our electoral system – are plaguing us again. You might have thought such anxieties would...

Rising Tensions in Eastern Europe - Japan Times

The United States' decision to store heavy weapons in the Baltic states and several Eastern European countries in an attempt to ease their fears stemming from Russia’s interv...

What Will Obama Do for Syrian Rebels? - Micah Zenko, CFR

Without any formal announcement from Washington, the United States became further militarily committed to the civil war in Syria last week. It was reported that the first wave of a...

The Limits of Obama's Engagement with Iran - Jackson Diehl, Wash Post

In defense of the Iran deal, President Obama and some of his supporters have suddenly become partisans of Ronald Reagan. “Where I completely admire him,” the president ...

Is Israel Bound for a Train Wreck in DC? - L. Ben-David, Times of Israel

My experience of more than 40 years of intense involvement in the U.S.-Israel relationship suggests that after the dramatic Sturm und Drang in the Capitol Hill showdown so loved an...

History Gives Obama the Benefit of the Doubt - James Fallows, Atlantic

U.S. presidents of both parties have often shown better judgment in pursuing diplomacy than going to war....

On Iran, Obama Has Chosen Dishonor - William Kristol, Weekly Standard

There is neither wisdom nor honor in President Obama’s agreement. After Munich, Winston Churchill famously said that “Britain and France had to choose between war and d...

Realism Marks Dutch Foreign Policy - Van Schaik & Drent, Carnegie Europe

The Netherlands cooperates pragmatically with neighboring countries to maintain critical defense capabilities and improve the usability of its forces. Prominent examples are the co...

Why Israelis Feel Abandoned - Daniel Gordis, New York Post

Our ability to defend ourselves, our knowledge that we are thus different from the Jews who died in those forests, has been a source of pride. “Never again” is a ubiqui...

Russian Hackers Target the Pentagon - Shane Harris, The Daily Beast

A sophisticated group of hackers, who earlier targeted the White House and State Department, have launched a stealth phishing campaign on the Pentagon....

Where the U.S. Caved to Get Iran to Sign - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

David Albright, a former weapons inspector who is now president of the Institute for Science & International Security, also told me the centrifuge concession was a surprise: "I...

Iran Is Obama's Vietnam - David Gelernter, National Review

Obama will always be remembered for the Iran treaty, as Johnson is for Vietnam....

Obama's Foreign Policy Undoctrine Scores a Big Win - Amanda Taub, Vox

President Obama’s foreign policy doctrine is so minimalist that my colleague Matt Yglesias has referred to it as an "undoctrine." It doesn’t lay out any grand framework...

VIDEO: Obama on the Nuclear Deal with Iran - Thomas Friedman, NYT

In a 45-minute interview in the Cabinet Room, the president kept stressing one argument: Don’t judge me on whether this deal transforms Iran, ends Iran’s aggressive beh...

The Iran Deal Is Obama's Middle East Exit Plan - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

This deal is not an affirmation of American leadership. It's a recognition of American exhaustion....

Obama's Illusion of a Middle East Realignment - A.D. Miller, RCWorld

The chain of logic tying this latest conceit together goes something like this: Iran is a critically important country sitting at the nexus of just about every problem in the regio...

Obama's Deal...with Qassem Suleimani - Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

According to the terms of the Iran deal announced in Vienna on Tuesday, U.N. Security Council sanctions regarding nuclear-related issues will be lifted on a number of entities and ...

The Real Reason Obama Did the Iran Deal - Leslie Gelb, Daily Beast

The U.S. allows Tehran to keep its nuclear program with the secret hope that America’s foe will become a friend....

There Is No Way Out for Syria - John Gay, The National Interest

For more than four years, Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war. Around four million people have been uprooted. The nation’s cities have been reduced to rubble. Its ec...

The U.S. Stake in Myanmar & Sri Lanka - Dennis Blair, The Diplomat

Although many Americans would have a hard time finding Sri Lanka or Myanmar on a map, these two Asian countries are in the midst of major political transformations with important a...

Obama Saves Cuba's Relic of a Regime - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RCWorld

When Obama awakens from his sleep, the Cuban dictatorship, like the dinosaur in Monterroso's fable, will still sit by his bed, unperturbed and ferocious, very satisfied at having w...

Obama's Disastrous Success - Seth Perelman, Jerusalem Post

Before President Obama's historic errors come to their disastrous conclusion, it might be worthwhile to look back along the path that led us here....

Backlash to Obama's Cuban Thaw Begins - Noah Rothman, Commentary

Talk to any Beltway insider and they’ll tell you that President Barack Obama’s administration is on the right side of history in its quest to implement a thaw in relati...

Do Other Countries Have Donald Trumps? - Adam Taylor, Wash Post

Trump is a product of American society, but he's not unique. His mixture of murky wealth, extreme arrogance and vulgar chauvinism can be found all over the world, albeit with local...

Is Obama Moving too Fast with Vietnam? - E. Bork, World Affairs Journal

Vietnam’s Communist Party chief, Nguyen Phu Trong, met with President Obama at the White House on July 7th. Trong’s visit is historic, the first to the United States by...

The Democrats Who Can Make or Break an Iran Deal - John Hudson, FP

If President Barack Obama’s administration manages to strike a landmark nuclear deal with Iran this month, the White House will turn its attention to wooing a bloc of staunch...

Obama's Faustian Bargain With Cuba - Marco Rubio, New York Times

Instead of the administration’s approach — one-sided concessions that have served only to reward Cuba’s rulers despite their lack of reform — we should be s...

Obama's Dainty Syrian Moves Are Dangerous - Washington Times

The Obama administration’s determination to stay clear of the civil war in Syria, understandable but dangerous, is a tale of red lines drawn and then ignored as if they had n...

Only 3 Countries Have No Relations with U.S. - M. Schiavenza, Atlantic

On Wednesday, the United States and Cuba announced that they would reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, thus restoring diplomatic relations for the first time...

China Tramples Another Obama "Red Line" - M Thiessen, Washington Post

Remember how President Obama failed to enforce his “red line” in Syria? Well, it’s happening again — this time in cyberspace....

Reassessing Obama's Leadership - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

Perhaps right now, he is the president the United States needs — and with luck, his successor will fix what he could not....

What if U.S. Never Invaded Iraq? - Robert Farley, The National Interest

Every player of the popular video game Civilization knows to hit the save button before engaging in the risky, stupid invasion of foreign country. In the case of the 2003 invasion...

Only Two Issues Can Derail Iran Deal - Fred Kaplan, Slate

The Iran nuclear talks are about to be declared a success or a failure. Tuesday is the deadline for the negotiators to sign a deal. Officials on the various sides will play up each...

Obama's Critical Mistake on Ransom - Washington Post

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S wide-ranging review of U.S. policy toward the taking of hostages abroad has resulted in some useful adjustments in government organization and procedure, an...

U.S. Falls in World Happiness Rankings - Rachael Rettner, Live Science

Panama tops the rankings of the world's happiest countries for the second year in a row, according to a new report....

Pakistan: Lessons From U.S.-India Nuke Deal - Saira Bano, Diplomat

During the seventh round of the U.S.-Pakistan Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation (SSS&NP) working group earlier this month, Pakistan again demanded an India-styl...

What's Most Dangerous Threat to America? - Mark Katz, National Interest

In formulating its defense policy, the United States has to face four separate security challenges simultaneously: China, Russia, Iran, and Sunni jihadism. This is very different f...

Oren Agonistes - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

Israel's former ambassador to Washington has ignited a firestorm of controversy over his criticism of Barack Obama. Has he gone too far...or have his critics?...

Wake Up, Obama. Iran Is Not Rational - Michael Oren, Los Angeles Times

The question of whether Iran, run by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his ayatollahs, is a rational state goes to the very heart of the debate over its nuclear program and the negot...

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Longoria promises 'no empty chairs'

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