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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 Is Driving British Conservatives Crazy - Alex Massie, The Spectator

There has always been a prickly, touchy, latent anti-Americanism on the British right and, gosh, haven’t we been reminded of that these past few days? The views of Wilson and Roo...

The Real Reason Trump Dislikes Mexico - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Hld

What’s especially troubling about Trump’s Mexico-bashing — and perhaps his entire foreign policy — is that it’s not be based on what’s good for ...

Can U.S., Iran Maintain Ties After Obama? - Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor

After three years of frequent and intense US-Iranian diplomatic contacts during the successful Iran nuclear deal negotiations, can the United States and Iran maintain their diploma...

It Took Obama to Rout the Brexiteers - Jonathan Freedland, Guardian

The US president destroyed one of the Vote Leave campaign’s core arguments, ending a week that may define the referendum debate....

Futile and Awkward: Obama's Saudi Moment - Ray Takeyh, Politico

Barack Obama traveled to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in what could be his last—and likely most futile—visit as president. It’s not just that there’s bad blood o...

Someone Has to Urge Britain to Stay Great - Anne Applebaum, Wash. Post

“None of your business” is an understandable British reaction to Obama’s visit, in other words, but it misses the point. As the “leave” camp doesn&rsq...

As Your Friend: The EU Makes Britain Stronger - Barack Obama, T'graph

Nearly 80 years later, the United Kingdom remains a friend and ally to the United States like no other. Our special relationship was forged as we spilt blood together on the battle...

Mr. Obama, We Can Be Better Friends Than Ever - Boris Johnson, The Sun

I think it is time to channel the spirit of the early Obama, and believe in Britain again. Can we take back control of our borders and our money and our system of government? Yes ...

Be Thankful for the American Policeman - Jonathan Freedland, Guardian

The long arm of the American law is investigating the company behind the Panama Papers. After taking on Fifa, drug lords and the corrupt, it seems the only nation strong enough to ...

Obama's Arrogant Brexit Overreach - Tim Montgomerie, The Spectator

Nobody could describe Donald Trump as lacking in self-confidence, but the billionaire egomaniac is emotional jelly compared with King Barack. Even before he won the Nobel peace pri...

Obama in Saudi Arabia, Exporter of Oil & Bigotry - Nicholas Kristof, NYT

A college senior boarded a flight and excitedly called his family to recount a United Nations event he had attended, but, unfortunately, he was speaking Arabic. Southwest Airlines ...

How Cameron Weaponized the U.S. President - McTague & Dovere, Pol EU

They expect that Obama, as the leader of the free world who remains very popular abroad, can make Brexit look dangerously isolating for the U.K.. Obama enjoys favorability ratings ...

Cuba: The Big Change - Alma Guillermoprieto, New York Review of Books

The joke on everyone’s lips was that Obama should stay in Havana for a month, because in preparation for his three-day visit more had been done to fix up the place than in th...

Obama in Arabia - Bernard Haykel, Project Syndicate

PRINCETON – US President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week, to attend the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council, comes at a time when relations between th...

Obama's Mideast Legacy: Desertion of the Democrats - Alex Rowell, NOW

From Iran through Syria, Egypt and beyond, the net effect of Obama’s two terms has worked in favor of autocrats....

Brexit's Threat to "the Special Relationship" - Strobe Talbott, NY Times

The White House is as determined to shore up the European Union as the Kremlin is to accelerate its demise. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that “a strong U.K. staying in ...

Selling U.S. Assets Would Hurt Saudis Most - Binyamin Appelbaum, NYT

If Saudi Arabia follows through on its recent threat to sell off its investments in the United States, the financial maneuver could be painful — mostly for Saudi Arabia....

Why Obama Invests So Much in the Saudi Ally He Disdains - Eli Lake, BV

Saudi Arabia began to seriously target radicals after it suffered three major bombings in Riyadh in 2003, Riedel said. Since then, the Saudis have steadily improved their own campa...

Saudi Arabia Is a Great American Ally - Michael Pregent, Foreign Policy

While Tehran continues to sow anti-American terrorism across the Middle East, Riyadh holds the key to regional stability. This is not the time to back away from the House of Saud....

Why Obama Kowtows to Saudi Head-Choppers - Robert Fisk, Independent

Poor old Barack. Off he goes to Riyadh to talk to his so-called ally, Saudi Arabia. The Sunni Wahhabi kingdom long ago run out of patience with the US president, who befriended Shi...

The Ever "Complicated" U.S.-Saudi Relationship - David Graham, Atlantic

As President Obama heads to Saudi Arabia this week, that hope is unfulfilled, and relations between the two long-time allies are extremely strained. Bush is long out of office and ...

U.S. Must Restructure Global Order - Zbigniew Brzezinski, American Int.

Since the next twenty years may well be the last phase of the more traditional and familiar political alignments with which we have grown comfortable, the response needs to be shap...

Obama's Saddest Legacy Failure - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

No White House decision on funding the Kurds has been made. Even if the money is forthcoming, the question remains: Who will conduct the street-by-street combat Mosul will require?...

Obama's Big Damage-Control Tour - Michael Crowley, Politico

The centerpiece of Obama's trip will be a stop in Hanover, Germany, where his relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel is strong — the Atlantic described her as "one of ...

Obama Is Visiting a Different Saudi Arabia - Faisal Abbas, Al Arabiya

The truth is that Saudi Arabia is undergoing a transformation, and whoever becomes the next US president will certainly have the advantage of working with a young, dynamic, outward...

No Justice at Gitmo - Karen Greenberg, TomDispatch

Can you believe it? We’re in the last year of the presidency of the man who, on his first day in the Oval Office, swore that he would close Guantánamo, and yet it and...

Did Obama Change Cuba? - Joel Simon, Columbia Journalism Review

WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA made his historic visit to Cuba last month, the US media followed. At a joint press conference on March 21 with Cuban president Raúl Castro, Obama called on C...

Obama Is Right to Tell the British What He Thinks - Marc Champion, BV

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama will dive into a nest of vipers as venomous as anything Republicans can offer: Britain's debate over whether to leave the European Union. As ...

Obama Is Right, But the EU Is a Hard Sell - Matthew D'Ancona, Guardian

When President Obama arrives in Britain this week he will have a busy itinerary ahead of him, from wishing the Queen a happy 90th to talks with David Cameron about Syria and Islami...

U.S. Is Riding Europe's Superpower Coattails - Andrew Moravcsik, WaPo

Consider the facts. The U.S. military commitment to European defense is surprisingly small. After the Cold War, almost 90 percent of American soldiers departed. Today only about 5 ...

Willful Blindness and Our Saudi "Friends" - Andrew McCarthy, NRO

This deceit at the core of American counterterrorism efforts has led seamlessly to other frauds. Among the most grievous is this one: Saudi Arabia is a key counterterrorism ally of...

Obama Has Made the World More Dangerous - Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe

Since 2009, America’s credibility has been badly eroded and the world has become far more dangerous and unstable. The price of American retreat has been terrible, made all th...

The West Has Handed Yemen to al-Qaida - Patrick Cockburn, Independent

As has happened repeatedly since 9/11, the US and countries like Britain fail to combat terrorism because they give priority to retaining their alliance with Saudi Arabia and the G...

Saudis Warn of Reprisals if U.S. Passes 9/11 Bill - Mark Mazzetti, NYT

Saudi officials have long denied that the kingdom had any role in the Sept. 11 plot, and the 9/11 Commission found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or sen...

Obama Will Almost Certainly Visit Hiroshima - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

It’s still important to recognize that there’s only one country in the world that’s ever used nuclear weapons in war, and that’s the United States of America. That fact is ...

Will Foolish Brexiters Pick a Fight With Obama? - George Eaton, NS

In advance of his visit to the UK next week, the Brexiters have a new target in their sights: Barack Obama. Nigel Farage has described him as "the most anti-British American presid...

Gates on Obama's FP: Too Late and a Dollar Short - David Ignatius, WaPo

Bob Gates has unusual standing in the debate about the Obama administration’s foreign policy: He was defense secretary for both a hawkish President George W. Bush and a wary ...

The Hiroshima Speech Obama Should Give - Hugh Gusterson, The Bulletin

For 70 years, historians have debated what would have happened had the United States not dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Would the Japanese regime, seeing that it w...

Obama Poked Putin. Putin Poked Back. - Jeffrey Tayler, Foreign Policy

Washington’s decision to beef up NATO in Eastern Europe will compel Moscow to reciprocate with an equally aggressive response....

U.S. Hasn't Gone Crazy. It's Just More Like Europe. - Ivan Krastev, NYT

I stand in marked contrast to my fellow Europeans’ mystification. As I witness the anger of the middle class, the arrogance of the unloved elites, the shared disbelief in the...

It's Hard Out There for a Foreign Policy Realist! - Dan Drezner, Wash. Post

Both Trump’s campaign staff and Obama himself have made statements averring their sympathy with the realist worldview. Other commentators have also noted that, in their own w...

U.S.-Saudi Relations Have Changed for Good - Cammack & Sokolsky, TNI

The new normal will be a more diffident U.S.-Saudi relationship. Both sides will harbor lower expectations of each other and continue to disagree, sometimes sharply, over important...

The Growing North American Opioid Crisis - Margaret Wente, Globe&Mail

I had always thought that most of the people who died from overdoses were inner-city junkies with needles in their arms. That’s not true any more. Many are middle-class subur...

U.S. Must Respond to China's Maritime Bullying - John McCain, FT

The potential threats China will pose in the South China Sea in the coming months demand a change of course that can reassure the region of America’s commitment and demonstrate t...

Israel's Unsung Protector: Barack Obama - Lara Friedman, NY Times

WASHINGTON — With the Obama administration in its final year, several officials have said that the president has grown so frustrated with trying to revive Middle East peace t...

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