Barack Obama

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The Top 10 Questions About the World's Biggest Problems

Will anyone ever outfox Putin? Why are we still using old solutions to solve the same old Middle East Problems? And where exactly are we going in Afghanistan?

Stephen M. Walt |

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The U.S.-Israel Relationship Arrives at a Moment of Reckoning

An exclusive talk with former U.S. Special Envoy Martin Indyk on Israel’s new allies, the Gaza blowup, and why Washington shrugged when the peace process collapsed.

David Rothkopf |

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The Pinprick President

Barack Obama needs to go to war with the Islamic State, or it will go to war with America.

James F. Jeffrey |

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The Big Lie Americans Tell Themselves

Stopping genocide has never been a core interest of the United States.

Dhruva Jaishankar |

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An Administration With Its Head Cut Off

The White House is running around from crisis to crisis without a game plan, much less a strategy. But leading from behind can actually work if you do it right.

Kori Schake |

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How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies

Why America’s friends in Europe are wishing for the good old days of George W. Bush.

Kori Schake |

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Reading Between the Teleprompter Lines

What Obama was really thinking during his Iraq remarks.

Aaron David Miller |

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Necessary Roughness

Enough with Obama's "don't do stupid sh*t" policy. Only U.S. airstrikes can save Iraq from collapse.

James F. Jeffrey |

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Broken Windows and Beating Back al Qaeda

Can President Obama’s counterterrorism partnership plan really work without any attempt at nation building?

James Traub |

David Rothkopf

Obama's 'Don't Do Stupid Shit' Foreign Policy

From hope and change, to resets and pivots, to singles and doubles, to not sticking your finger in the electric socket. How far we've fallen.

David Rothkopf |

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How to Draw President Obama

Getting the shading right on devil horns can be tricky!

Matt Bors |

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Does America Contradict Itself? Very Well, Then.

The prisoner-swap deal that saved Bowe Bergdahl might have been a bad one, but it was also moral and necessary.

Aaron David Miller |

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Obama's Big, New Counterterrorism Plan Is a Hot Mess

The White House is promising to give allies around the world $5 billion to fight terrorists. But America’s been doing that for years -- and no one seems to know what this new program is.

Gordon Adams |

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With Shinseki Out, Who Will Obama Tap Next to Lead the Department of Veterans Affairs?

The next VA Secretary will need to press reset on an entrenched bureaucracy with surging demand.

Gordon Lubold |

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Obama's Light Touch and a Heavy Hand

The president's proposed counterterrorism plan might appear underwhelming, but doing more -- or doing less -- is not an option.

James Traub |

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Obama's West Point Speech Is Our Problem, Not His

And as much as you might want a different foreign policy, it’s hard to say the president’s is not working.

Aaron David Miller |

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What the President Meant to Say…

The two big things missing from Obama’s speech are the keys to working with foreign partners on massive global problems.

James Stavridis |

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Clean Up on Aisle One

Not new, not improved, Obama rehashes his Walmart foreign policy.

David Rothkopf |

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What Obama Should Say at West Point, But Won't

The president's biggest foreign-policy speech in a year will be showy and ambitious but can't paper over his administration's lack of focus.

Stephen Walt |

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The Less Things Change…

It's been a year since Obama’s big speech about reforming the U.S. targeted killing program. Here are 10 things about the forever war that have hardly budged at all.

Micah Zenko |

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Our Spying Is Better Than Your Spying

The Obama administration is drawing a line between stealing the secrets of companies and nations.

Shane Harris |

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Heads Won’t Roll

Obama’s talking tough about the VA scandal, so why isn’t he firing anyone?

Gordon Lubold |

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Lethal Perfection

Drones don't botch things the first time.

Matt Bors |

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A President Lying to the American People, and to Himself

Barack Obama is insisting on a false choice between doing nothing in Syria or going to war.

James Traub |

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The Audacity of Small Ball

Obama's defense of his foreign policy illustrates much of what's wrong with it.

David Rothkopf |