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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's 'Strategic Patience' Is a Failure - Washington Post

ASSESSING THE behavior of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un is necessarily a matter of guesswork. In light of North Korea’s launch Sunday of another long-range rocket, however, ...

A Rising Storm of Ethnic Fear in the West - Richard Cohen, Wash. Post

The problem in both Europe and the United States is not just a huge influx of migrants, but a lack of political leadership. The exceptions are Barack Obama here and Angela Merkel i...

Will Europe and the United States Gang Up on China? - Bruce Stokes, FP

The test of whether to grant Beijing market-economy status may be an interesting clue as to the future of transatlantic relations....

Obama's Syrian Shame - Roger Cohen, New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Putin policy in Syria is clear enough as the encirclement of rebel-held Aleppo proceeds and tens of thousands more Syrians flee toward the Turkish border. It...

Obama Breaks the Chessboard - Rosanna Ryan, ABC Australia

More than a century on, McCoy can see few examples of leaders who have ever really understood Mackinder's theories and applied them. But he believes Barack Obama is one of them, de...

Europe Turns to Turkey for Rescue - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Turkish politics have become German domestic politics. A troubled Europe, cast loose from America, slouches toward Ankara to be saved....

Far from Headlines, Iran Keeps Humiliating Sailors - David French, NRO

For the Iranians, their public humiliation of the U.S. is the gift that keeps on giving. Public award ceremonies and threats of releasing additional footage (or information on Amer...

Obama's Israeli-Palestinian Failure - Uri Savir, Al-Monitor

With one year left in office, President Barack Obama should hurry up and join the French in promoting an international conference on a two-state solution....

America's Awkward Iran Dance - Aaron David Miller, CNN

Iran's hard-line leadership never really saw the nuclear agreement as a threat to the regime's authoritarian and ideological character, but rather as a way to consolidate its power...

If Only Russia Could Have Iowa's Democracy - Leonid Bershidsky, BV

Like many at Stilwell Junior High on Monday night, I was a first-time caucus-goer. I saw a genuine democratic process. People cared, argued, despaired and laughed. I found myself h...

After Obama, Reviving American Power - Kim Holmes, National Interest

Washington should confront its adversaries, not engage them....

Dear Americans, What Are You Thinking? - Alex Massie, Politics Magazine

If you think millions of Americans are terrified by the looming prospect of Donald Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination, you should see what we Brits think of him....

Iran Is Now a Great Power - Walter Mead & Harry Cohen, American Interest

The most dramatic development in 2015 was that Iran catapulted into the ranks of the great powers, expanding their number to eight. Iran and Saudi Arabia are now engaged in a zero ...

Extremists Are One Crisis Away from Power - William Hague, Telegraph

The biggest threat to the security of western nations and the lives of their citizens is a terrorist attack. This is a threat that has to be defeated, but it is not the one that wi...

The House that George W. Bush Built - Michael Miller, Foreign Policy

If you weren’t paying close attention during the president’s final State of the Union speech — and perhaps even if you were — you probably missed the shout ...

America's Long Relationship with Saudi Money - Mazzetti & Apuzzo, NYT

When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria’s embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to ...

Why the West Is Caught in Saudi Embrace - Doug Saunders, Globe & Mail

Riyadh’s preference for stable tyrants over unstable democracies now has a certain following in Western circles. And the largest single consumer of Saudi petroleum is now Chi...

Once Again, Europe Needs America - James Stavridis, Politico EU

Europe’s orderly, sensible, measured security structure — which made a relatively successful transition from the Cold War — is under extreme pressure today. What ...

Is the U.S. Giving Up on Israel? - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

The unusually sharp tone of U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro's criticisms of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians has many wondering what it means for the future....

Explaining Obama's Stubborn Strategic Inaction - Nikolas Gvosdev, TNI

Focusing on the future does not require inaction in the present....

Obama Is Poland's Only Hope - Ackerman & Kisilowski, Foreign Policy

This July, Warsaw is scheduled to host a special NATO summit. This is not a regular meeting of cabinet defense ministers, but an extraordinary session at which the heads of all mem...

Why We Fight About Iran - Max Fisher, Vox

We've rarely admitted it, but the debate in the United States over the Iran nuclear deal, which formally began this Saturday as the world lifted many sanctions on Iran, was never r...

Trump Totally Wrong About Trade with China - S. Lincicome, Federalist

There really is no sugarcoating it: almost everything that Donald Trump has proposed on U.S.-China trade—for example, during last Thursday night’s GOP debate, in a rece...

U.S.-Cuba Commercial Flights on Horizon - Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald

American Airlines’ Howard Kass is hopeful that the airline will be flying regularly scheduled service between the United States and Cuba within the first half of this year an...

Turnbull in Washington: A Missed Opportunity - Hugh White, Lowy

The trickiest part of Malcolm Turnbull's speech in Washington today was always going to be the passage about China. This was the issue on which, to judge by what he said before bec...

Rethinking U.S. Strategy Toward China - John McLaughlin, Cipher Brief

The U.S. will have to remain very flexible in its China policy, constantly prepared to blow the whistle when Beijing pushes past commonly accepted rules of international conduct, b...

Saudi Arabia Is Buying Up American Farmland - Jeff Daniels, CNBC

Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are scooping up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest, and that has some people in California and Arizona seeing...

Let China Win. It's Good for America - Josh Kurlantzick, Washington Post

China has responded harshly to U.S. attempts to mitigate its influence in its own neighborhood, repeatedly delivering veiled public warnings to Southeast Asian nations that side wi...

U.S. Should End Cuba's Special Immigration Status - M. Krikorian, NRO

These are not refugees seeking freedom. They’re not escapees hopping a tropical Berlin Wall. They’re coming for jobs, family, and access to American welfare, just like ...

Iran Got What It Wanted from the Nuke Deal - Aaron David Miller, WSJ

In short, in exchange for a nuclear weapon it doesn’t possess—and, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, has yet to make a final decision to develop—Iran will...

Obama's Know-Nothing Foreign Policy Critics - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Wherever your stance on the political spectrum, there’s no point listening to Republicans rail against President Obama’s policies. No matter what he does, his foreign p...

Obama's Vision for America, Seen From Afar - Xenia Wickett, RCWorld

This was not your typical State of the Union address. There was no litany of initiatives to be achieved this year. And despite what many pundits have suggested, this wasn't really ...

Obama's Secret Second Channel to Iran - Robin Wright, The New Yorker

The release marked the end of a troubled saga that had been further politicized during the U.S. electoral season. Many Republicans had criticized President Obama for agreeing to a ...

Putin's Pointers for U.S. Democracy - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Russia extended its presidential term from four to six years and the parliamentary one from four to five years in 2008, under President Dmitri Medvedev. Thanks to a provision in th...

Gulf War Marked Beginning of End for U.S. Supremacy - Blair, Telegraph

For one brief moment it seemed the USA could conquer anywhere in the world. 25 years on, we've learned how wrong that was....

Deciphering Obama's Middle East Strategy - Bill Murray, RealClearWorld

President Barack Obama has taken heat throughout his second term for having an incoherent Mideast political strategy; one ill-suited to addressing the cycle of civil strife and sec...

America's Toxic Mideast Relationships - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

The United States would no doubt prefer that Saudi Arabia remain a viable ally in the Mideast, and a partner in the long war against radicalism and terrorism, especially as the Uni...

The Week That Vindicated Obama's Diplomacy - Fred Kaplan, Slate

The quick release of the U.S. sailors by Iran shows the value of the president’s calm, even-keeled approach to foreign policy....

U.S. Thanks Iran for Resolving the Crisis It Created - Eli Lake, Bloomberg

If this is how Iran's military acts now, before it has received the incentives of the nuclear pact, imagine how Iran will behave when $100 billion flows into its coffers. Kerry and...

Obama Reveals His Foreign Policy Fatalism - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

For the rest of the world, Obama was pessimistic, even fatalistic. It is as though the only way he can process his failure in Syria, and the vast humanitarian catastrophe still unf...

Obama's Persian Debacle - John Schindler, Observer

For years, Obama has insisted that Tehran can be a good-faith partner in diplomacy. Indeed, the president has staked his whole foreign policy legacy on this assumption. His grand b...

Iran Holds Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy Hostage - Josh Rogin, BV

Even if Iran quickly releases the 10 U.S. military personnel it took custody of, as senior Obama administration officials assured reporters Tuesday evening, the incident is a signi...

Obama May Be Doomed to Deal with Putin - David Ignatius, Wash Post

Russia is emerging as an essential diplomatic and security partner for the U.S. in Syria, despite the Obama administration's opposition to Moscow's support for President Bashar al-...

Exporting the Chinese Model - Francis Fukuyama, Project Syndicate

The big question for the future of global politics is straightforward: Whose model will prevail? If One Belt, One Road meets Chinese planners’ expectations, the whole of Eura...

Thank Goodness There's No Obama Doctrine - Nick Danforth, FP

American presidents have spent decades laying out grand strategies for handling the world. They haven’t worked....

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