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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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Don't Blame Obama for ISIS - Tom Switzer, Lowy Interpreter

From presidential candidates to conservative pundits to centre-right think tanks, the argument goes like this: when George W Bush left office in 2009, Iraq was largely at peace. Bu...

Line U.S. Shouldn't Cross in South China Sea - Haotian Qi, TNI

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently proposed more-assertive military options for the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea (SCS). The new policy would dispatch U.S....

Can Obama Even Decide Who Our Allies Are? - Dana Rohrabacher, WSJ

If the president must lead from behind, could he at least get behind someone who wants to win the war against Islamic extremism?...

Stage Set for an Obama Foreign Policy Triumph - David Rothkopf, FP

While national security policy continues to flounder, real progress is being made on the economic front....

U.S. Hegemony Is Here to Stay - Salvatore Babones, National Interest

IS RETREAT from global hegemony in America’s national interest? No idea has percolated more widely over the past decade—and none is more bogus. The United States is not headed ...

What American Tourists Look Like to Foreigners - Jessica Phelan, GP

Dear America, Hi. It’s the rest of the world here. You’ve probably heard of us. The 38 percent of you who have a passport might even know us, at least a little....

Obama Leaves US Defenseless in Cyberspace - John Bolton, LA Times

The recent cyberattack on U.S. government personnel records shows Washington remains unprepared in cyberspace....

Why Does Obama Want This Trade Deal So Bad? - W Finnegan, New Yorker

The political battle over the enormous, twelve-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership keeps getting stranger. President Obama has made the completion of the ...

U.S. Can't Import Scandinavian Model - Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

Ah, Scandinavia, Nordic paradise. Nowhere else seems to so easily combine a very progressive welfare state with high levels of growth. It's no surprise, then, that it is the darlin...

Russia & America: Toward a New Detente - Leslie Gelb, TNI

WITH THE Cold War’s demise, the menacing Russia that long loomed over Europe seemed to vanish. The Russia of 1992 was just a fragment of its historic self in military punch a...

Obama Confronts the Reality of ISIS - Mark Thompson, Time

President Obama rattled off a list of what has gone wrong in the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria during a wrap-up press conference Monday followi...

Obama's Deadly Middle Eastern Modesty - Economist

America has learnt the hard way that it cannot fix the problems of the Middle East. But Barack Obama’s deliberate neglect risks making them all worse....

Obama Dithers, the Worst Befalls Syria - Noah Rothman, Commentary

In a wild tactical shift, Bashar al-Assad’s air force is reportedly conducting raids in support of ISIS. As the Islamic State’s forces advance on the anti-Assad rebel-h...

U.S. & Germany Must Rebuild Trust - Donfried & Ischinger, Der Spiegel

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA torture and the planned T...

Obama Bets It All on the Mullahs - Jonathan Alter, Daily Beast

The president looks to secure his legacy with a deal that would prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. But can he stave off the hawks both here and in Tehran?...

Avoiding Conflict in the South China Sea - Joseph Nye, Proj. Syndicate

When a US Navy P8-A surveillance aircraft recently flew near Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, it was warned eight times by the Chinese Navy to leave ...

Why Principles Have no Place in Foreign Policy - Musa al-Gharbi, WQ

“Grand Strategies” are great for winning elections, but they’re terrible for governing....

Obama Got China Right, But It's Too Late - Andrew Peek, Observer

For all the complaints about Barack Obama’s leadership of the free world—that he’s too hesitant, too risk-averse, too passive in the face of danger—he has n...

Sorry, But Obama Did Not Lose Iraq - Lawrence Korb, National Interest

Here are the men that did......

Obama Even Defends Anti-Semitism to Spin Iran Deal - T. Badran, NOW

It's not every day that you hear President Barack Obama explain away rank bigotry. But in a recent interview, he did just that. "The fact that you are anti-Semitic," Obama said of ...

Obama's Policy Will Keep the Sirens Blaring in Israel - Ben Avni, NY Post

Perhaps the Ayatollah’s vows to “cure” the “cancer” that is Israel will stop, too. Obama believes so. As he told Goldberg, “The fact that the su...

If You Want a Dominant Iran, Back Obama - Michael Doran, Mosaic

The president’s address last week to Congregation Adas Israel as “an honorary member of the tribe” was something other than it seemed....

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 ...

China in South China Sea: A U.S. Response - J. Randy Forbes, TNI

For decades, Chinese leaders have followed Deng Xiaoping’s strategy of “hiding one’s capacities and biding one’s time.”  Since Xi Jinping came to...

How Badly Can U.S.-Israel Ties Fray? - Aaron David Miller, RealClearWorld

Rarely have I seen a pair of leaders who, for reasons of personal and policy differences, seem so unable to work out a consistent and functional way of cooperating. This duo has bi...

Obama, Anti-Semitism, and Iran - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

In a long and searching interview with President Obama that appeared in the Atlantic over the weekend, Jeffrey Goldberg asked President Obama whether the virulent and frequently ex...

Will Obama Be Churchill or Chamberlain? - Bob Feferman, Jerusalem Post

It was a grave mistake for the P5+1 to disconnect Iran's belligerent behavior from the negotiations over its nuclear program....

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...

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Lingle, Hirono meet in first debate

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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 ...