Diplomacy

The Truth About Iran

Fareed Zakaria has an important column today in the Washington Post, an antidote to the dangerous silliness about Iran that is being peddled by the Republican presidential candidates. Iran is faltering, not gaining strength, Fareed writes. The sanctions regime that the Obama Administration patiently negotiated with Russia and China is …

Obama’s 10 Biggest Foreign Policy Challenges for 2012

The foreign policy crisis horizon shows little respect for the calendar New Year: The Obama Administration ought to have a good idea of the crises that await it in different global hotspots as it braces for an election year. But a recurring theme in the current menu of challenges, whether in the Middle East, north or south Asia, Africa …

U.S.-Pakistani Relations Continue Tailspin

So how well did President Obama’s telephoned condolences to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday go over? The call was intended to smooth relations between the two nations ruptured 10 days ago when NATO aircraft killed 24 Pakistani troops in a colossally snafued attack. The call, apparently, didn’t go over well, according to …

On the Departure of Dennis Ross

A few quick observations on Dennis Ross’ departure from the White House as Obama’s top Middle East advisor:

First, if there are any on the left who are taking this as a sign that Obama is finally going to get tough with Netanyahu, they shouldn’t hold their breath. Obama tried that early in the administration, when Ross was at State, …

“Nation Building Here at Home”

In this week’s issue of TIME, Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass takes President Obama’s call for domestic investment from a June speech announcing an accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan, and expands it into a new way of thinking about U.S. foreign policy. With the threat of a dominance struggle between global …

Obama Fails to Budge Arab Opinion

The economy and the budget may be consuming Barack Obama’s presidency, but don’t forget that his candidacy was largely–perhaps even mostly–about foreign policy. At the core of Obama’s rationale for running in 2008 was his promise to restore America’s international strength, and diminish the threat of terrorism, by withdrawing our …

Bibi and Barack, the Sequel

I’ve already registered my skepticism that not much will come of Obama’s assertion yesterday that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”

The statement is not, as many are claiming today, a demand for a return to pre-1967 borders: 1967 lines refer at most to the deployment of …

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