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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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Obama Can't Decide If Assad Should Go - Max Boot, Commentary

The good news: the U.S. and Turkey are supposedly making progress on a deal whereby the U.S. would declare a small buffer zone along Syria’s border with Turkey in return for An...

Obama's Foreign Policy Is a Void - Michael Wesley, Australian

Hagel is the third of Obama's defence secretaries to resign - of the 24 US defence secretaries to have served, his is the 12th shortest tenure. His predecessors Leon Pan­etta and ...

Why Isolationism Exploded Under Obama - James Kirchick, Daily Beast

Pulitzer Prize winner Bret Stephens’ new book looks at an America in retreat from global engagement....

The Problem with U.S. Foreign Policy Is the President - New York Sun

It was the president who ran for office opposing the war to liberate Iraq and who yanked our troops out of there more than a half century before the topic should have arisen. It wa...

Russia and China: True Love, or Just a Hook-Up? - Ryan Faith, Vice

The recent announcement of further joint Russia-China military exercises scheduled for 2015 has fueled fresh speculation about the possibility of a growing alliance between the two...

The Political Battles that Could Seal Kiev's Fate - Paul R. Gregory, Forbes

Ukraine’s fate may depend upon the battle within Germany’s ruling coalition over its policy towards Putin’s Russia. In the United States, the new Republican Senat...

U.S. Foreign Policy After Obama - Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

As Republicans are looking to formulate a post-Obama foreign policy, they would do well to avoid Obama’s fundamental errors. Like our Western allies, Republicans must go beyo...

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East - George Friedman, Stratfor

The United States withdrew from Iraq hoping that Baghdad, even if unable to govern its territory with a consistent level of authority, would nevertheless develop a balance of power...

Hagel Did What He Was Hired to Do - Andrew Peek, The Fiscal Times

In the end, Chuck Hagel’s tenure as Secretary of Defense was a success. After Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, the Obama Administration chose Hagel to bring the Pentagon back ...

Hagel Was 'Just not the Man for the Job' - Glenn Thrush, Politico

When President Obama first summoned Chuck Hagel to the Oval Office in October, he wanted to know how his Pentagon chief planned to cope with the dangerous new threat posed by the I...

Obama Is Crazy Like a Fox - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

With a very productive trip to China, a significant climate agreement there, the immigration announcement, and the prospect of an announcement of some progress (at least) on the Ir...

Immigration Enriches Us All - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

Once again, the United States is split by vitriolic debates about how to handle immigrants, following President Obama’s executive action to shield millions of undocumented im...

With Israel, Against Terror - William Kristol, Weekly Standard

We’re pleased the Times managed to refrain from blaming the victims of terror for the terrorist act. But we’re a bit befuddled by the Times’s profession of incomp...

U.S. Has Nothing to Gain from Intervention in Syria - J.D. Stuster, RCW

After three years of strategic ambivalence followed by three months of strategic shift, President Barack Obama may be considering another change in strategy for Syria. He's conveni...

Between China and Keystone XL - Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker

As many commentators have also noted, the deal doesn’t get the U.S. or China remotely near where they need to be if the world is to avoid disaster—which both countries,...

Congress Should Debate Obama's New War - Los Angeles Times

This is a new and different war — not a repeat of the George W. Bush-era conflicts — and Congress must debate the wisdom, or folly, of using force....

Obama's Foreign Policy Recovery - Nicholas Burns, Boston Globe

This week's international headlines look awfully daunting to Americans. Tuesday’s vicious Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem reminds us anew of the raw presence of hatred ...

Can China Really Go Green? - John Cassidy, New Yorker

To most people, myself included, this week’s agreement between the United States and China on tackling climate change came as a big surprise. For more than a decade, the Chinese ...

Congress Will Push for a Tougher Foreign Policy - Economist

Those allies who fret about America turning inward may cheer to see Republicans in key committees trying to restore some funds cut from the Pentagon’s budget, pushing for reb...

Caving to Iran - Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

It's not clear when (or whether) the Obama White House will conclude a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. The extended deadline for the interim deal known as the J...

Obama too Desperate for Iran Nuke Deal - John Bolton, New York Post

The levels of diplomatic activity, fear and even desperation regarding Iran’s steadily advancing nuclear-weapons program are rising rapidly in the White House....

Obama Showed He Is no Peking Lame Duck - Allen Carlson, TNI

While none of the fundamental challenges in U.S.-Chinese relations were resolved, the possibility of establishing a more secure dynamic is more tangible now than anyone would have ...

The China Heist - Rupert Darwall, National Review

Massive “climate aid” to developing nations will not aid the climate, but it will harm our economy....

Obama's Immoral Deal with China - David Harsanyi, National Review

A skeptical person might point out that China rarely keeps its promises on environmental issues. In 2009, in the lead-up to a global summit on climate change in Copenhagen, China s...

Great-Power Rivalry Still Threatens the Pacific - The Economist

IN CHINA even a handshake is an expression of power. When Xi Jinping met Barack Obama in Beijing this week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, Mr Xi stood on t...

ISIS Jams the Crucial Asia Pivot - Robert Kelly, The Diplomat

So why is the Middle East such a draw? My own guess is U.S. domestic politics. The large number of born-again evangelical Christians in the United States care deeply, theologically...

Obama and Hollande's Shared Gauche Malaise - Robert Zaretsky, FP

American and French politics seem to be devolving in parallel. That's bad news for the left in both countries....

China Still Loves You, Obama - Adam Minter, Bloomberg View

Any doubts about the enduring popularity of President Barack Obama in China should have been put at rest Monday morning, shortly after his arrival in Beijing for the APEC summit....

Can China and U.S. Follow Through on Climate Change? - FT

Whatever the US does ranks a distant second to China’s actions in terms of its impact on global warming. Every week China opens a new fossil fuel plant that emits about a yea...

China's Climate Con: Another Obama Scam - Washington Times

President’s greatest foreign "breakthrough" would cripple the U.S. economy....

A Historic U.S.-China Agreement - John Kerry, New York Times

The White House opted for long years of inaction, during which the costs of the intervention and its prospects for success increased dramatically. Having been forced by events to a...

The Middle East Is a Foreign Policy Distraction - Gideon Rachman, FT

Failing states in the Middle East and the risk of terrorism are dangers that, sadly, now feel almost normal. But an angry, nuclear-armed Russia, intent on challenging US power, pos...

Obama Still Making Promises He Can't Keep - Danny Vinik, TNR

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, President Barack Obama defended his decision to send another 1,500 American trainers and advisers to Iraq, arguing that it represented t...

Steps Toward a U.S.-China Grand Bargain - Wei Zongyou, The Diplomat

China and the U.S. still have much to do to build a new pattern of rising and established powers relations. Both countries should do more to reduce mutual suspicions and defuse reg...

9 Truths About the War on Islamic State - John McLaughlin, Ozy

What are the hard realities we’re dealing with? And, given that U.S. officials say it could take up to a year to train and field a ground force to combat the Islamic State in...

Obama's Iran Gamble - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

As a presidential candidate seven years ago, Barack Obama shook up the foreign policy world by declaring that he favored “direct diplomacy” to reshape U.S. relations wi...

Obama's War Is Illegal - Rand Paul, Daily Beast

It’s time for conservatives to say enough is enough. Obama’s commandeering of Congress’s powers—from making war, to remaking our health-care system—ha...

Are Obama's Meets with Xi Actually of any Use? - Dean Cheng, TNI

Unfortunately, summits for the sake of summits are hardly a productive use of senior leaders’ (and their staffs’) time. Worse is if one side does have an agenda, and th...

Why North Korea Released 2 Americans - Gordon Chang, Daily Beast

Even though a fundamental improvement in relations soon is unlikely, it is right to test the North Koreans. At some point, the regime will have to change, and we should find out if...

Obama Needs to Stand Firm in China - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

“U.S. public opinion has downgraded Obama,” a state-run Chinese newspaper, Global Times, editorialized about Tuesday’s election. “He has done an insipid job...

America Is not Indispensable - Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy

The world doesn’t need the United States nearly as much as we like to think it does....

Maybe now the U.S. Will Help Ukraine - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Barack Obama can scarcely veto a bi-partisan pro-Ukraine bill. He can no longer refuse to supply weapons to Ukraine because of his “long-standing concern that arming Ukraine ...

Obama Can Become a Foreign Policy President - Fareed Zakaria, WaPo

Despite this week’s elections, President Obama has the time and scope to do big things over the next two years. But they will have to be in the world beyond Washington. Next ...

Obama's Letter to the Ayatollah - Matthew Lee & Julie Pace, Associated Press

In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in S...

What to Expect of U.S. Foreign Policy in Americas - Carl Meacham, CSIS

It’s worth noting, too, that President Obama, facing an opposition Congress, may tend toward symbolic foreign policy gestures as he seeks to establish his legacy in the regio...

U.S. Elections: A View from Expat London - Anne Jolis, The Spectator

By the time the pub TV switched from football to elections, we were a mere hour from last call, and polls had barely closed in the eastern states. Virginia would be too close to ca...

Welcome Back to Washington, Neocons - Eli Lake, Daily Beast

Call it the neoconservatives’ revenge. But even the dovish side of the GOP now acknowledges the election was a win for their party’s hawks....

Obama Must Pick up the Pieces and Lead - The Guardian

Tuesday’s vote comes across as a watershed for a US president who staked so much, since his election in 2008, on a message of hope and change for his country and the wider wo...

What the Election Means for Obama's Foreign Policy - Boston Globe

Americans in battleground states weren’t the only ones who tuned into midterm elections this year. Overseas, US allies and enemies also watched the news....

Obama's Bad Foreign Policy Will Drag On - James Carafano, TNI

Breaking news! The fate of the world doesn’t hang on the outcome of an American midterm election. The make-up of the new Congress might make it easier for President Obama to ...

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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 ...