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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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12 Things Obama's Africa Trip Taught Us - David Smith, The Guardian

Such is Obama’s popularity in Kenya that there was relatively little media backlash against him, suggesting that by making gay rights a talking point, and perhaps changing a ...

What Is Obama Hiding About Iran and Al Qaeda? - Hayes & Kristol, WS

To paraphrase Lincoln, if we could first know where Iran is and whither Iran is tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. To evaluate the Iran deal, we need...

Obama, You Are no Reagan - W. Bruce Weinrod, Washington Times

In a recent interview defending the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, President Obama argued that that his approach to Iran is essentially the same as that which Ronald Reagan ...

Dear Barack: Leave Britain Alone! - Andrew Roberts, Politico EU

Opponents wonder whether Britons should really be taking lessons about the Special Relationship from the man who had Winston Churchill’s bust removed from the Oval Office, ar...

In Ethiopia, Obama Panders to Dictators - Ellen Bork, World Affairs Journal

On Monday, while visiting Ethiopia, President Obama qualified his mild criticisms of Ethiopia by saying his observations were made “from a position of respect and regard for ...

American Traitor, Israeli Hero - Andrew Bacevich, Politico EU

The U.S. government’s announcement that Jonathan Pollard will soon gain his release from prison is cause for celebration in Israel, and understandably so. There, Pollard is c...

Knowing Little History, Obama Makes Bad History - George Will, WaPo

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alam...

Obama's Equilibrium Fantasy - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

With the nuclear deal finally out of the way, President Obama can now get down to what, for him, has always been the real business-engaging Iran on regional issues. As one administ...

Remarks to the African Union - Barack Obama

A half-century into this independence era, it is long past time to put aside old stereotypes of an Africa forever mired in poverty and conflict. The world must recognize Africa's e...

Is PKK Real Target of Turkish Strikes? - Metin Gurcan, Al-Monitor

Turkey’s decision to open two fronts, against the Islamic State and the PKK, complicates US cooperation with Kurds in Syria....

How a U.S. Think Tank Fell for Putin - James Kirchick, Daily Beast

The Carnegie Moscow Center used to be a hub of Russian liberalism. Now it stands accused of being a ‘Trojan horse’ for Russian influence....

Why Obama Pushed for Gay Rights in Kenya - Matt Schiavenza, Atlantic

President Obama’s advocacy for gay rights in Kenya is likely to stir up colonial resentment in the country. But he may have forced a necessary national conversation....

China Has a Fit Over Obama's Africa Trip - B. Allen-Ebrahimian, FP

China's reaction to Obama's trip does not reflect a country secure in its position on the continent....

All Roads Lead to Syria - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

For most Sunnis, the acid test of American intentions is the one place on earth that President Obama wants nothing to do with: the zone of fanaticism, anarchy, and atrocity formerl...

War Isn't Inevitable if Congress Rejects the Iran Deal - Aaron Miller, WSJ

A congressional override of the president’s veto would make it impossible for the president to waive critical oil and banking sanctions against Iran. But would the July 14 deal t...

Is Trump America's Hugo Chavez? - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

Trump's rise from a real estate mogul and reality show performer to the No. 1 Republican hopeful in the latest polls — he’s leading with 24 percent of vote, followed by...

Have Canada-U.S. Relations Hit a Low Point? - Kergin et al, Globe and Mail

This became a heated topic of diplomatic debate after Allan Gotlieb, Canada’s former ambassador to the United States, declared in an interview this week that "I think the rel...

Layers of Meaning in Obama's Kenya Trip - New York Times

There often comes a time in the lives of Americans when they feel drawn to explore their roots, a quest that might take them on a pilgrimage to the “old country,” wheth...

The U.S. Needs a Two-Track Iran Strategy - William Galston, WSJ

Abide by the nuclear deal, but also launch a strong policy to stop Tehran’s Middle East expansion....

Are We Past Peak Pope Francis? - Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

Oh, how the mighty fall. Is it possible that Pope Francis—the man who graced the covers of Time, Rolling Stone, and The Advocate in the first year of his papacy—is losing ...

Springtime for America's Enemies - Garry Kasparov, The Daily Beast

Keeping a firm grip on power is the only thing that matters in a dictatorship. The consequences of losing power in an authoritarian regime rarely involve peaceful retirement and a ...

Scott Walker Is Right on Iran - M. Doran & M. Kroenig, National Interest

A ruckus has erupted between Republican presidential candidates over Iran. In a speech announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on July 13, Wisconsin Gov...

Obama Takes His Iran Deal to the UN - Washington Times

President Obama got the endorsement of his Iranian “deal” Monday that probably means the most to him, a unanimous vote by the United Nations Security Council. Samantha ...

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 interventi...

The 'Phallic' Clam America Sells to China - James Morgan, BBC News

It's not the most beautiful dinner to look at and it has a very odd name... but in China the geoduck is an expensive delicacy, so on North America's Pacific coast the race is on to...

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...

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