U.S. Foreign Policy News

Obama's Failure to Learn in the Middle East

Aug 26, 2015
"Whether you count yourself a fan of President Barack Obama's Middle East policies or a foe, one thing should be stunningly obvious by now: A good part of the president's foreign policy travails in this region stem from a pattern of needlessly high-flying rhetoric," writes Aaron David Miller.

Death, Taxes, and the Slow Destruction of Syria

Aug 21, 2015
Given this president’s core beliefs — and the circumstances in which he is operating — the “do something, but not a lot” approach in Syria was foreordained. And here’s why, in more or less Obama’s own words.

What Stood Out From Obama’s Speech on Iran Deal at American University

Aug 07, 2015
At American University, the president was not the persuader in chief but the lecturing professor in chief—and his approach was unlikely to gain converts. Here's why.
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The End of WW II From Japan's Perspective and its Implications for Today

Aug 06, 2015
As we observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Shihoko Goto describes the end of war from Japan's perspective. “Japan can be a stronger regional leader by articulating its history as a whole, both as a victim and as an aggressor,” Goto says.

Pressing need to define US interests in Arctic as Anchorage hosts high-level meet

Aug 02, 2015
"The Glacier meetings, through its public panels, also offer an opportunity for the Administration to more clearly identify national priorities, improve legislation, and encourage Congress to allocate the necessary financing despite lean and contentious times," writes David Biette.
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U.S. Hostage Policy: Will Recent Changes Help?

Jul 31, 2015
On the day that President Obama announced changes to U.S. hostage policy, a former captive of Somali pirates, journalist Michael Scott Moore, provided personal insight into the ordeal and America’s approach to dealing with ransom demands.

Did You Know: Mexican Migration

Jul 30, 2015
Unauthorized migration has already become a major issue of the upcoming 2016 elections. With so many voices, players and opinions, it may become hard to tell fact from fiction. This summer, the Pew Research Center came out with new data and numbers on the topic. Here are a few facts to know about Mexican migration. Read the full article: http://pewrsr.ch/1HND619 #Didyouknow

Why Now, Afghanistan?

Jul 30, 2015
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s revelation that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead — which had long been assumed yet never confirmed — a fundamental question remains. Why would the Afghan government make this announcement now?
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Taliban Leader Mullah Omar’s Death Confirmed

Jul 29, 2015
Asia Program Senior Associate, Michael Kugelman speaks about the significance of the confirmed death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.

What’s Behind Turkey’s U-Turn on the Islamic State?

Jul 29, 2015
After years of disagreement, the U.S. and Turkey are preparing to fight together in Syria. Henri Barkey explains Ankara's change of heart.

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