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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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In Germany, Anti-Americanism Goes on Display - Alex Berezow, RCW

I will never forget my first trip to Germany. My father-in-law was at the wheel as we drove across the Polish border into the German state of Brandenburg. The countryside highway ...

Obama's Foreign Policy Has Been, Well, Fine - M. O'Hanlon, Brookings

By the standards he has set out for himself, President Barack Obama's foreign policy has fallen considerably short of expectations and aspirations. By the standards of his critics,...

Obama's Deep Concerns over Iran, Israel - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a pers...

How David Cameron Shrunk the Kingdom - Jon Foreman, Politico EU

During the British general election Ed Miliband scored a hit that few noticed. In a speech at Chatham House he accused David Cameron of pursuing an “isolationist” foreign pol...

Iraq Is Not Iran, and This Is Not 2003 - Bobby Jindal, National Review

Instead of rehashing the Iraq War, let’s face today’s much more serious threat from Iran....

Other People's Armies and How Obama Uses Them - David Rothkopf, FP

In 1914, Louis D. Brandeis produced a collection of essays called Other People’s Money And How the Bankers Use It. It was an attack on the financial power elite that helped p...

Ramadi's Fall, Obama's Strategy, Iraq's Future - Bloomberg View

Islamic State's capture of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, may well lead to the unraveling of President Barack Obama's Iraq strategy. More important, however,...

Worrying Rise of Anti-China Sentiment in U.S. - D. Chen, Diplomat

There is no doubt that U.S.-China relations are entering a new period of tensions given reports that the United States is considering the possibility of sending nava...

Why Cubans Are Still Fleeing to America - The Economist

A CURIOUS asymmetry exists across the 90-mile (150km) Straits of Florida that divide Cuba from the United States. This month American businessmen won permission from their governme...

Obama the Nuclear Proliferator - Jerusalem Post

centerpiece of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy agenda has been nonproliferation. But with Saudi Arabia more than just threatening to acquire nuclear capability &ld...

U.S. Allies Know Obama's Word Is Worthless - New York Post

Arab leaders seemed less than impressed with President Obama’s pledge of an “ironclad commitment to the security of our Gulf partners.”...

Republicans Need to Help Obama on Trade - National Review

Sometimes, politics deals Republicans a winning hand, and that confuses some of them, who then set about trying to figure out a way to lose — which is what is happening with ...

Small Surprises in Rubio's Big FP Speech - Daniel Drezner, WaPo

Rubio espoused a very neoconservative foreign policy doctrine. But there was some interesting stuff at the margins....

Must the United States Fight China? - Walter Clemens, The Diplomat

Might China and the United States retrace the path taken by Athens and Sparta as they destroyed the glory that was Greece? Will the two great powers of our era fall into what polit...

US Should Push for Freedom in China - Blumenthal & Inboden, W Standard

Nixon and Kissinger’s justly heralded strategic opening to Beijing in 1972 realigned mainland China from a Communist revolutionary adversary to a “normal” authori...

Is It Time to Meet China Halfway? - Lyle Goldstein, The Nat'l Interest

Reversing the Escalation Spiral: More than six decades have now passed since young Lieutenant John Yancey of the Seventh Marine Infantry Regiment watched half his platoon mowe...

Little Evidence of Progress in Ukraine Crisis - Matthew Lee, AP

Despite a cordial atmosphere, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s meetings Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister produced little evidence of...

Unlike U.S. Politicians, British Pols Have Class - Alex Berezow, RCW

Concession speeches by politicians in America generally go something like this: I called my opponent to offer my congratulations. [Crowd boos.] Though we didn't win this fight, I ...

Why the Saudis Are Right to Snub Obama - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The conceit of Obama’s strategy rests on more than a weak deal that he hopes will be enough to postpone the question of an Iranian bomb even as it essentially anoints Tehran ...

How Obama Taught the Saudis to Love the Islamists - Ben Avni, NY Post

Beyond the Saudi court’s generational shakeup, we too are responsible for Riyadh’s budding honeymoon with jihadists, by neglecting the region and, even more so, with ou...

How U.S., Russia Could Start Nuclear War - Tom Nichols, TNI

A few weeks ago, I directed Harvard Extension School’s “Crisis Game,” in which students had to play out a hypothetical Cold War crisis involving nuclear...

A Tally of Obama's Foreign Policy Fiascos - Schaefer, Dale & Riley, RCWorld

The 2015 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) was released last week to predictable fanfare. Secretary of State John Kerry declared it to be "the blueprint for the n...

Be Real About the Constraints on U.S. Foreign Policy - Ron Tiersky, RCW

America's global influence is in decline; so say numerous politicians, policy intellectuals, and academics. But there are two kinds of decline - absolute and relative. The former s...

16 Foreign Policy Must-Reads for '16 Candidates - S. Coerr, The Federalist

To be commander-in-chief, you must master the nuances of the four pillars of American power: military, diplomatic, informational and economic. You may advocate powers soft (diploma...

U.S.-Japan: An Alliance Transformed - Jeffrey Hornung, The Diplomat

The new defense guidelines have the potential to mark a new era in the U.S-Japan alliance....

The Fraud of War - Julia Harte, Slate

U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have stolen tens of millions through bribery, theft, and rigged contracts....

Mexicans Puzzled by U.S. Cinco de Mayo Parties - Allison Jackson, GP

It’s Cinco de Mayo and for most Mexicans that means they don’t have to go to work. That’s it....

Obama's New Answers on Iran Fall Flat - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View

Top Obama administration officials have released new details about how they would lift most sanctions against Iran. Those are unnerving some experts, who doubt the administration&r...

On Trade: Obama Right, Critics Wrong - Tom Friedman, New York Times

These deals are not just about who sets the rules. They’re about whether we’ll have a rule-based world at all. We’re at a very plastic moment in global affairs &m...

Tiny Italian Town Beating U.S. Navy - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

Sicilian pensioner Salvatore Terranova blames America for messing with his pacemaker. Every six months or so, he has to drive across the island to Palermo to get it re-calibrated. ...

A Time for Middle East Realism - Christopher Hill, Project Syndicate

The Middle East has not been easy on US presidents over the past seven decades. Historically, support for Israel and its right to exist within defensible borders has been tenuously...

George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East - J Rogin, Bloomberg View

In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy...

How Iran Is Beating Everyone - Shlomo Ben-Ami, Project Syndicate

TEL AVIV – In 2003, the United States – which, along with its NATO allies, had already occupied Afghanistan – toppled Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq an...

Russia Knows Obama Is All Talk - L. Todd Wood, Washington Times

The quote on the wall for 2016 presidential hopefuls should be, “It’s our national security, stupid.” You wouldn’t get that feeling if you watched President Obama’s State...

Is Obama Even Trying? - Rich Lowry, New York Post

When Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks, the world should listen. He has a much keener sense of the direction of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program than the president of the...

Obama Leads by Engaging - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

Obama rejected his predecessor George W. Bush’s policy of isolating “rogue states,” recognizing that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries&...

Rainbows, Unicorns, and a Nuclear Deal With Iran - M. Zuckerman, WSJ

President Obama has been chasing a rainbow in his negotiations with Iran. He has forsaken decades of pledges to the civilized world from presidents of both parties. He has misled t...

The World Likes Obama's Foreign Policy - James Gibney, Bloomberg View

National security issues are likely to figure prominently in the 2016 election, and Republican candidates are already stepping up their attacks on the "Obama-Clinton foreign policy...

Congress Needs a Real Iran Debate - William Kristol, Weekly Standard

The administration would of course be unhappy with such a debate. Some in Congress have invested so much in the process envisioned by the legislation that they care only to have th...

Obama's Nixon Doctrine With a Persian Twist - C. Krauthammer, WaPo

In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented...

Drone Kills Hostage Who Begged U.S. to Save Him - DeLuca & Miller, DB

It was before dawn the morning of Aug. 13, 2011, when a group of men armed with assault rifles knocked on Warren Weinstein's front gate in the Lahore suburb of Model Town, an upsc...

The Renzi-Obama Connection - Riccardo Alcaro, Brookings

Last Friday’s summit between Italy and the United States was an occasion for American President Barack Obama and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to discuss issues of mutu...

For Obama, Iran Detente Always Wins - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

When Americans heard on Monday that the United States had diverted two capital ships from their stations in the Persian Gulf to new positions off of Yemen, it sounded as if the Oba...

Obama's One-Man Tango - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RealClearWorld

Obama had already announced in Panama that his government would not seek regime change in Cuba. Havana's presence on the list of sponsors of terrorism was part of a regime change s...

Why Obama's Detente With Iran Will Fail - Michael Doran, Mosaic

Détente may sound like a minor shift in American policy, but in truth it is nothing less than tectonic. Obama has put an end to containment of Iran as a guiding principle o...

The White House's New Middle East Strategy - David Ignatius, WaPo

President Obama has been trying since his September 2013 address to the United Nations to convince Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf allies that the United States is truly commit...

American Foreign Policy in 2050 - Kevin Sullivan, The Week

The Obama administration drew criticism in 2011 when one anonymous adviser, in an effort to explain the U.S.'s seemingly subordinate role in the military intervention in Libya, ref...

Fatal Brain Disease in U.S. Man Likely from UK Beef - R. Rettner, LS

A U.S. man who developed a rare and fatal brain disease likely got the disease from eating beef while living abroad more than a decade earlier, according to a new report of the cas...

Cuba Is Obama's Greatest Foreign Policy Win - Joel Gillin, New Republic

For all his efforts abroad during his second term, President Barack Obama’s greatest foreign policy achievement has come in a region often overlooked, despite being “Am...

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