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Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) think the U.S. government should use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries against suspected terrorists. Americans are, however, much ...(full article)

President Obama was a man changed for the better on his trip to Israel. He offered a more realistic base for approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was muscular in standi...(full article)

If Iraq was regrettable in one respect, it was in pushing Obama to embrace destabilizing minimalism in the Arab world. The U.S. has left a void that contending actors are seeking t...(full article)

The newest outpost in the U.S. government’s empire of drone bases sits behind a razor-wire-topped wall outside this West African capital, blasted by 110-degree heat and the occas...(full article)

Countries from Uzbekistan to Ukraine use a loophole to try to quietly influence the United States. A "foreign agent" by any other name....(full article)

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A Different Israel Meets a Different America - Thomas Friedman, NY Times

We’re not dealing anymore with your grandfather’s Israel, and they’re not dealing anymore with your grandmother’s America either. Time matters, and the near...

Foreign Policy Is No Place for 'Red Lines' - Sen. Rand Paul, Washington Post

I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran. I am also not for announcing that the...

The Cost of Putin's Adventurism - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Obama's strategy is to make Putin pay for his adventurism, long term. Unless the Russian leader moves quickly to de-escalate the crisis, the U.S. will push for measures that could ...

The Tragic Decline of U.S. Foreign Policy - Ian Bremmer, Nat'l Interest

Unfortunately, the US government has undermined its own ability to persuade allies to help with the international heavy lifting. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and d...

In the Middle East, Time for U.S. to Move On - New York Times

The pointless arguing over who brought Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to the brink of collapse is in full swing. The United States is still working to salvage the negotiations, bu...

The Slow Death of the Old Global Order - Robert Merry, National Interest

Seriousness is what the times call for. We are living through a crisis of the old order, and it demands new thinking, new cautions, new understandings of the profound challenges of...

Is Washington Giving Putin the Green Light? - David Frum, CNN

President Obama was very wrong in his speech in Brussels on March 26 to suggest that the United States had no national interest in Ukraine. What's at stake in Ukraine is the peace ...

West's Good Intentions Ending Badly in Ukraine - Richard Gwyn, The Star

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't blinked at U.S. and EU sanctions and Ukraine threatens to sink into the same morass as Syria....

The Folly Of American Isolationism, Revisited - America Economia

The International Monetary Fund could be crucial providing aid in Ukraine and elsewhere, but much is on hold as the U.S. Congress blocks much needed IMF reforms....

The West Needs to Push Back on Ukraine - Chicago Tribune

In its responses to Vladimir Putin's flagrant aggression against Ukraine, the Obama administration has been playing catch-up — and without much sense of urgency or resolve. S...

Has the West Enabled the World's Rogues? - Colin Robertson, Globe & Mail

It's a testing moment for the international order. How will we respond to Russian actions that Prime Minister Harper describes as "aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic"? Is ...

Iran Diplomacy Needs Teeth - Mark Dubowitz, National Post

Barack Obama, president of the United States, does not like to back his diplomacy with military force. He believes there should be a clear sequence of engagement: diplomacy, sancti...

Obama's Legacy: Nuclear Japan? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Most U.S. allies now recognize that they cannot trust the United States. In the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Southeast Asia, and East Asia, traditional American all...

Why America Will Learn to Love Cricket - Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

America is a sports-loving country. Its dominant spectator sports are football, basketball, hockey and of course baseball, the so-called American pastime. Each runs a major-leagu...

How Japan Copied U.S. Culture and Improved It - T. Downey, Smithsonian

If you’re looking for some of America’s best bourbon, denim and burgers, go to Japan, where designers are re-engineering our culture in loving detail....

Why China Prefers Europe to the United States - Lanxin Xiang, GMF

Not too long ago, members of the Chinese policy elite were still debating whether China's ties with the United States would constitute their most important bilateral relationship. ...

America's Ugly Win in Afghanistan - Andrew Peek, The Fiscal Times

In terms of the endgame, Afghanistan was always a riskier war than Iraq. Both have been routinely compared with Vietnam, because of the counterinsurgency element, the godforsaken e...

America Is at War in Africa - Nick Turse, TomDispatch

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa. For years, ...

America in Global Retreat? Nonsense - Michael Cohen, The Guardian

Naysayers allege that American influence is waning and cite Barack Obama's inaction on Syria and Ukraine as proof that its foreign policy has been reduced to watching the 'bad guys...

U.S. Influence Hits a New Low - John Batchelor, Al Jazeera

President Barack Obama spoke with condescension last week at The Hague when he identified the Russian Federation as a “regional power that’s threatening some of its imm...

The Allure of Wars We're Not Winning - Andrew Bacevich, Wash Post

For better or worse, ours is today a warlike nation that depends on volunteers to fill the ranks of its armed forces. Young men and women have a variety of motives for signing up. ...

10 Lies the U.S. Tells About Afghanistan - Jean MacKenzie, Global Post

As the clock ticks down to the promised withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US military is trying to figure out how to market the idea that the international intervention has actually...

World Economy May Be Stuck in Neutral for Years - J. Warner, Telegraph

Low interest rates in the US and Greece are not a sign of recovery, but a warning of permanent stagnation, creating the potential for future financial instability...

3 Reasons Obama Just Got More Popular Abroad - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

American foreign policy may look like it's in shambles sometimes, but the world doesn't seem to think so. According to Gallup's US Global Leadership Project, a gigantic survey of o...

Obama Splits with NATO on Ukraine - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans....

Support Ukraine, Wherever It Is on the Map - Charles Lane, Wash Post

My point is that Russia’s assault on Ukraine poses a stark issue of cross-border aggression and territorial seizure. And wherever it occurs, in Crimea today or Kuwait 20-plus yea...

Hawks Can't Find Ukraine on a Map - Dropp, Kertzer & Zeitzoff, Monkey Cage

On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but ...

Playing Hockey with Putin - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

We need a strategy to help Ukraine and to undermine Putinism today -- and to reintegrate Russia tomorrow. It’s a big, big lift. So let’s be honest with ourselves and wi...

China Might Actually Seize Japan's Southern Islands - James Holmes, FP

It's not as crazy as you think-- and here's how the United States and Japan can prevent it from happening....

Food Prices Are Going to Topple More Governments - Josh Keating, Slate

The Arab Spring may become the textbook example of the geopolitics of food prices -- the food riots and subsequent revolutions transfixed the world. But shifts in food price may be...

Why Vladimir Putin Confounds the West - Neil Macdonald, CBC News

As U.S. President Barack Obama noted last month, Russia no longer leads a bloc of nations, as it once did. Nor does it any longer stand for an ideology that for better or worse ins...

Is the Neo-Isolationist Moment Already Over? - Walter Mead, American Int

As the domestic political debate over these crises heats up, we are seeing a classic American pattern in action. America’s success abroad breeds stupidity and hubris in U.S. fore...

Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Kerry knows very well that the negotiations were doomed once the Palestinians refused to sign on to the framework for future talks he suggested even though it centered them on the ...

The Mideast Peace Process Collapsed 3 Years Ago - Peter Beinart, Haaretz

Without understanding this history, you can’t understand why America’s current peace efforts are near collapse. The principle that a final deal requires a Palestinian s...

U.S., Iran Share a Common Enemy: Heroin - Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe

News about soaring rates of heroin abuse and death by overdose is hard to miss in the United States. Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont devoted his entire State of the State address...

Checking Putin's Eurasian Ambitions - Svante Cornell, Wall Street Journal

Georgia and Azerbaijan can deny Moscow access to the Caspian Sea and Central Asia. But they need U.S. support....

Did Syrian Rebels Gas Civilians? - Seymour Hersh, London Review of Books

As intercepts and other data related to the 21 August attacks were gathered, the intelligence community saw evidence to support its suspicions. ‘We now know it was a covert actio...

The Holes in Seymour Hersh's Syria Story - Marc Champion, Bloomberg

Given the industrial scale dissimulation now being exercised by Russian intelligence operatives in Ukraine, it is hard to grasp how anyone with Hersh's experience could publish suc...

America's New Anti-Strategy - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

It was not difficult to define American geopolitical strategy over the seven decades following World War II — at least until 2009. It was largely bipartisan advocacy, most am...

Bihani: Pacifist Yogi or al-Qaeda Threat? - Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald

Ghaleb al-Bihani is either a one-time, gun-toting cook from war-torn Afghanistan turned yoga-practicing pacifist inside Guantánamo’s communal prison blocks — or he is a traine...

John Kerry Must Channel James Baker - Aaron David Miller, New Republic

Right now, and perhaps for a good while to come, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is in serious trouble. That doesn’t mean the almighty process won’t continue. All...

Can China Rise Peacefully? - John Mearsheimer, The National Interest

The intensified security competition that lies ahead will only increase China’s hostility toward Japan and the United States, and it is likely to turn into an acute case of h...

Obama's Attention Deficit Diplomacy - Edward Luce, Financial Times

The US’s success as a hegemon has traditionally been about magnifying its power through friendship. Yet its ability to rally existing friends behind it and make new ones to repla...

U.S. Should Be Applauded for 'Cuban Twitter' Plan - Washington Post

It’s one thing to question the administration’s methods in Cuba and quite another to trash its goals. The messaging service, known as Zun Zuneo, strikes us as similar i...

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Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits...

Biden will head to Ohio's Appalachi

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign this weekend in Ohio's Appalachian region, an area loaded wit...

Lingle, Hirono meet in first debate

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono are facing each other in the first of fiv...

Pine Bluff election in question due

Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop the November mayoral election...

Longoria promises 'no empty chairs'

Actress Eva Longoria says her speech to the Democratic convention will be very different from Clint ...