Foreign Policy 2012

The Debate Over America Abroad

Did Foreign Policy Matter in 2012?

Uri Friedman, Foreign Policy

Will Obama's 2nd Act Be Good for Globe?

Kemal Dervis, Project Syndicate

Obama Facing Iran Dilemma

Tim Marshall, Sky News

Known Knowns & Unknowns Facing U.S.

Jon Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

World leaders on Wednesday sought comfort from the familiar after President Obama’s re-election but, with the global political landscape substantially unchanged, competed for his...(full article)

Yes, this year's presidential election may have featured a fair amount of talk about America's defense spending, China's trade practices, Iran's nuclear program, and the Obama admi...(full article)

So, what should Obama’s top economic-policy priorities be in his second term? Despite the difficulties facing the global economy, there are huge investible resources in the US, C...(full article)

The biggest foreign policy issue facing newly re-elected President Barack Obama is the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran. Tehran says it is not seeking nuclear weapons, the America...(full article)

The challenges at home and abroad confronting the new leaders in Beijing are far more profound and dangerous than those facing the United States. It’s fashionable in certain...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Check Your Machine, the 80s Are Calling - Tom Rogan, Nat'l Review

The world isn’t static, and newly evolving threats loom.. Yet sometimes those threats seem to be calling from the past, too, and they demand solutions....

Isolationism Increases Threat of Terrorism - Rick Perry, Washington Post

As a veteran, and as a governor who has supported Texas National Guard deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, I can understand the emotions behind isolationism. Many people are ti...

Rick Perry's Stale Foreign Policy Arguments - Daniel Larison, AmCon Mag

Perry’s argument is the usual hawkish combination of threat inflation, fear-mongering, lazy references to “isolationism,” and stale Reagan nostalgia. He talks about a “prof...

Mitt Romney Was Right About Foreign Policy - Alex Wong, Politico Mag

The animating theory that underlay Romney’s view of the world was that the United States and its allies are in strategic competition with rival systems of governance, and alw...

Why the GOP Needs Rand Paul's Help on Iraq - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

A Presidential primary candidate like Rand Paul, who vociferously opposes involvement in places like Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq, dilutes some of the Republicans’ brand identifi...

Europe's Tea Party Rising? - Will Marshall, The Hill

The National Front and UKIP are more accurately described as nationalist and populist parties. They bemoan the surrender of national sovereignty to Brussels and the EU's open borde...

Please Don't Read This Benghazi Article - Hayes Brown, Think Progress

If you ignored the headline and are reading this anyway, you are part of the problem. Despite the fact that the last several resurgences have produced nothing that verifies the cla...

Tea Party Libertarianism Sweeps France - Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

Is it possible that France is now importing the brand of conservative politics peculiar to Texas? Following their first round of local elections last Sunday, the French, at least a...

How Would a Republican Handle Ukraine? - Doyle McManus, LA Times

The crisis in Ukraine has presented a new opportunity for Republicans to snipe at the Obama administration, and they have embraced the task enthusiastically. But the pile-on isn't ...

Thank Goodness Romney Isn't President - Daniel Larison, Am. Conservative

The problem with U.S. involvement in this situation has not been poor timing, as Romney claims, but a profound failure to anticipate and take into account the very likely Russian r...

Romney's Vindication Is Complete - Seth Mandel, Commentary

In the summer of 2012, Politico broke the news that Mitt Romney was planning to travel abroad to make a series of speeches intended to earn some foreign-policy credibility in his...

Ron Paul Blesses Putin - James Kirchick, The Daily Beast

In the Crimea crisis, it seems Ron Paul thinks that libertarianism stops at water’s edge....

A Trumpet That Always Sounds Retreat - Michael Gerson, Washington Post

Over the past few years, Reagan's internationalism, moralism and strategic aggressiveness have been out of favor in much of the GOP. Many elected Republicans grew tired of defendin...

Why Obama Got Russia Wrong - David Weigel, Slate

Even the Liberal New Republic (tm) has admitted that Mitt Romney was right about the Russians and their ambitions. ...

How AIPAC Is Weakening Its Influence - John Judis, Foreign Policy

For its first 30 years, AIPAC's directors were well-known liberal Jewish Democrats; its natural base was among Jewish Democrats; and in Congress, it relied on Democrats for support...

Is Obama Condoning the BDS Movement? - Michele Bachmann, J'lem Post

It is imperative, for our mutual best interests, that America and Israel remain the reliable and solidly staunch allies they have always been....

Partisan Bickering Sabotages Mideast Policy - David Rohde, The Atlantic

Militants gained strength from Syria to the Sahel over the course of 2013. Republicans and Democrats, however, remained focused on winning their daily messaging battle in Washing...

Can the GOP Return to Its Realist Roots? - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Dwight Eisenhower ran as a Republican realist who tempered the isolationism of Robert Taft as well as the crackpot, conspiracy-mongering anti-communism of Joseph McCarthy. Richard ...

The Post-Iraq Republican Foreign Policy - Matt Purple, American Spectator

As the recession hit and the debt exploded, there was a sense that, having tried to spread freedom around the world, we’d started to lose it here at home. The housekeeping th...

What's the GOP Foreign Policy Alternative? - Max Boot, Commentary

Republicans are doing a great job of critiquing the flawed implementation of ObamaCare but a terrible job of critiquing Obama’s flawed foreign policy, even as its failures–for ...

Quebec's Tea Party Moment - Martin Patriquin, New York Times

In Quebec, Canada’s second most populous province, the governing Parti Québécois plans to prohibit government employees from wearing “overt and conspicuous” religious symbo...

Could Chris Christie's Magic Work for the Tories? - Janet Daley, Telegraph

Those Tories at a loss after the collapse of the great modernising experiment may believe they have found the solution to their identity crisis across the sea. The doctrine of Blue...

Watch Out for a European Tea Party - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

These rising political forces are gaining ground in big EU countries such as France, the Netherlands, Britain and Italy – and also in smaller nations such as Greece, Hungary,...

D.C. Starting to Look a Lot Like Beirut - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

I've spent most of my career covering Middle East politics. I always thought it was its own unique field. But, in the last few weeks, I’ve felt myself to be at a real advantage t...

DC Loses American Middle on Foreign Policy - Christian Whiton, RCW

With these unappealing choices presented by Washington, it should come as no surprise that average Americans are hesitant of any new foreign initiatives. But at the same time, poll...

Please Stop Comparing GOP to Syria and Iran - Michelle Cottle, TDB

Call them kamikazes, hostage takers, even terrorists in the Shutdown Showdown. But whatever you do, don’t say House Tea Party Republicans are less reasonable than Iran and Sy...

Isolationism Has Never Served America - Bret Stephens, Wall St. Journal

Taft couldn't understand this when it came to the dictators of his day. Neither does Mr. Paul when it comes to the dictators of today. The junior senator from Kentucky may not know...

Mitt Romney Was Right About Russia - New York Post

In the final presidential debate of 2012, Barack Obama ridiculed rival Mitt Romney for having called Russia “the biggest geopolitical threat facing America.” And most o...

The Coming GOP Foreign Policy Slugfest - Kevin Lees, National Interest

It's an exciting time to be a policymaker in the Republican Party. Even as the war of words between New Jersey governor Chris Christie and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky moved ...

Snowden, Amash and the Isolationist Peril - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

While Amash and his allies in the Senate, such as Rand Paul, like to talk about the threat to our rights from an untrammeled security state, the threat of terrorism should serve as...

The GOP Isolationist Myth - Jonah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times

Krauthammer is absolutely right that the GOP is going to have a big foreign policy debate — and it should (as should the Democrats). I'm just not sure bandying around the I-w...

The Right's Debate on Isolationism - Charles Krauthammer, Wash. Post

Gov. Chris Christie recently challengedSen. Rand Paul over his opposition to the National Security Agency (NSA) metadata program. Paul has also tangled with Sen. John McCain and ot...

The Binary Mind of Global Hegemonists - Andrew Sullivan, The Dish

Charles Krauthammer gives us a worldview this morning unchanged for several centuries – and certainly unaffected by anything that has occurred since 2001. There is either one glo...

Romney Was Right About Russia - John Arquilla, Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney suffered much unfair criticism last fall when he called Russia "our number one geopolitical foe." Russia remains a country of vast natural resources, much military capa...

The Republicans' Benghazi Obsession - New York Times

Before Wednesday’s hearing on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, Republicans in Congress promised explosive new details about the administration’s mishandling of the episod...

Ron Paul's Dictator Fan Club - Michael Totten, Dispatches

Ron Paul is back. Earlier this month, after retiring from Congress where he represented the 14th Congressional District in Texas as a Republican, he founded the Ron Paul Institute...

Benghazi Report Slams Clinton & State, Spares DOD - Dustin Walker, RCD

The Republican chairmen of five congressional committees have submitted an interim progress report to House Speaker John Boehner on their investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks on...

What U.S. Republicans Can Learn from Canada - Israel Ortega, Heritage

Everyone knows that America is changing demographically. The most recent census reveals an increasingly diverse, less homogenous United States. Demographic change inevitably produc...

Iraq Didn't Destroy GOP, but Iran Might - David Goldman, PJ Media

Americans trust the Republican Party to look out for their security in a pinch. By a margin of 63 to 28, the Pew Institute reported March 26, they favor military force to prevent ...

Do Conservatives Still Believe in U.S. Greatness? - E.J. Dionne, Wash Post

Rand Paul is very clear on the country he seeks. Conservatives who reject his approach to foreign policy need to consider where the strong America they honor came from in the first...

The Republican Foreign Policy Meltdown - David Goldman, Spengler

The forces of Iraq’s Sunni Awakening, funded and armed by Gen. David Petraeus during the 2007-2008 surge, will be drawn into a regional Sunni-Shi’ite war that began i...

How to Fix the GOP's Foreign Policy Problem - Daniel Larison, AmCon Mag

Republicans will lose wars and elections alike until they stop treating world affairs as an arena for ideology....

Rebooting Republican Foreign Policy - Daniel Drezner, Foreign Affairs

Republicans need to start taking foreign policy more seriously, thinking hard about the thorny task of managing a superpower and not leaving it as a plaything for right-wing intere...

What's Wrong with Republican Foreign Policy? - Ben Domenech, Ricochet

Dan Drezner has written a lengthy and widely-linked piece for Foreign Affairs on what's wrong with Republican foreign policy. There are a great many things wrong with Republican fo...

The Future of the GOP's Foreign Policy - Danielle Pletka, Foreign Policy

To the extent that Americans remember anything about foreign policy from the 2012 campaign, it may be the third presidential debate, in which Republican challenger Mitt Romney -- w...

Is Hagel Being Punished for Iraq Opposition? - Michael Hirsh, Natl Journal

The truth about Chuck Hagel is that he saw before most that America was embarking on an unparalleled strategic disaster by diverting its attention from al-Qaida a decade ago. He sa...

RCW's Top World News Sites of 2012 - RealClearWorld

The year 2012 was, in some ways, a bad one for world news. With much of the English-speaking world consumed by the U.S. presidential election, serious foreign policy discussion -- ...

Republicans Must Get Real on Foreign Policy - Daniel Larison, The Week

Republicans are slowly recovering from their crushing defeat in the presidential election, and are now weighing possible changes that the party clearly needs to make to regain the ...

How the GOP Lost National Security - Nikolas Gvosdev, National Interest

In the wake of the 2012 election, it is clear that there has been a sea change in the perceptions of the American electorate on which party is the better steward of the country&rsq...

Santorum: Obama Failed in Iran

The Latest Videos from Around the WorldGOP candidate Rick Santorum says he would use "whatever means necessary" to stop Iran's nuclear program.Posted on October 14, 2011...