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Who Will Be Afghanistan’s Next President?

April 11, 2014 With the Afghan presidential vote still being tallied, U.S. officials aren't saying much publicly. They fear that any statement perceived as an American endorsement will sully the leading candidates, raising suspicions that they are stooges of Washington. That's a risky prospect after more than a decade of often-harsh U.S. occupation....

Can Obama Still Be 'Leader of the Free World'?

March 25, 2014 All of a sudden, it seems the president who was eager to focus on "nation-building at home" is casting himself in a hoary role that many people thought went out with the Cold War: "leader of the free world." The question is, can Barack Obama really play the part that...

Will the U.S. Become a Post-Ukraine Energy Superpower?

March 22, 2014 Not surprisingly, Republican leaders are already denouncing President Obama for being too mild in his response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's expansionist course in Ukraine and defiance of the West. What is much more likely to emerge as a bipartisan national strategy, especially in the long run, is a future...

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After Ukraine, Will the U.S. Become an Energy Superpower?

March 21, 2014 Not surprisingly, Republican leaders are already denouncing President Obama for being too mild in his response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's expansionist course in Ukraine and defiance of the West. What is much more likely to emerge as a bipartisan national strategy, especially in the long run, is a future...

Is This the Start of a ‘Cool War’ With Russia?

March 17, 2014 The United States and Russia have both crossed a Rubicon in the Ukraine crisis, and Washington must now confront the likelihood that if the standoff continues, it will dramatically alter relations on a much larger map than Eastern Europe, inviting Russian recalcitrance in crisis zones as far afield as East...

Hillary Clinton Distances Herself from Obama’s Foreign Policy

March 17, 2014 In recent weeks, as the standoff over Ukraine escalated, Hillary Clinton did something that she never did as secretary of state: She put considerable distance between herself and the president she served loyally for four years. While Barack Obama cautiously warned Vladimir Putin to back off his claims on Ukraine,...

The GOP's Foreign Policy Problem

March 9, 2014 In January, Rand Paul was invited to give a foreign-policy address to a distinguished Washington crowd that included Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft. Paul didn't embarrass himself, but for a fairly sophisticated audience expecting to hear the views of a possible Republican presidential contender, it was underwhelming stuff. The senator...

Ukraine Is Obama's Biggest Foreign Policy Test Yet

March 3, 2014 Barack Obama suddenly faces the toughest crisis of his presidency as he confronts Vladimir Putin over Ukraine, and how he responds over the next few days could define his legacy. It is a crisis that has appeared to erupt in his face, in a swift and unexpected turn of events....

Will Obama End the War on Terror?

February 28, 2014 Joint Special Operations Command launched four Hellfire missiles into a convoy in central Yemen in December, killing 12 people. U.S. officials initially claimed they were targeting Shawqi Ali Ahmad al-Badani, an alleged Qaida operative, and even Human Rights Watch acknowledged that some terrorists may have been present. But last week,...

Is the CIA Better Than the Military at Drone Killings?

February 26, 2014 It's been more than a year since incoming CIA Director John Brennan signaled his intention to shift drone warfare to the Pentagon as soon as possible. Brennan, a career spook, was said to be determined to restore the agency to its roots as an espionage factory, not a paramilitary organization....

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