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    The Obama Doctrine: Responses
    Mar17

    The Obama Doctrine: Responses

    Editor’s Note: The American Interest asked regular contributors and members of the editorial board to offer their reactions to President Obama’s unusually candid remarks on foreign policy in Jeffrey Goldberg’s “The Obama Doctrine” (The Atlantic). Good Points and Bad Points Francis Fukuyama Flaws aside, Obama is in touch with an...

    The Dangers of Presidential Clarity
    Mar17

    The Dangers of Presidential Clarity

    Supporters of strategic ambiguity, the concept by which the United States leaves its enemies wondering what we might do in certain situations, believe it deters hostile actions by the likes of Russia and China. President Obama prefers the opposite—he likes to telegraph to the world and, most disturbingly, to our enemies what the United States...

    Syria Withdrawal: The View From Russia
    Mar17

    Syria Withdrawal: The View From Russia

    Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets after arriving from Syria, at an airbase in Krasnodar region, southern Russia. ReutersAs Russian warplanes continued their partial withdrawal from Syria two days after President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced that Moscow’s objectives in the country had been “generally accomplished,” observers debated...

    Ukraine Lists Individuals It Wants EU To Blacklist Over Savchenko Trial
    Mar17

    Ukraine Lists Individuals It Wants EU To Blacklist Over Savchenko Trial

    Ukraine has identified nearly 50 people it considers responsible for the “illegal detention and falsified trial” of Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko and has urged the European Union to impose sanctions against them. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Gorbachev Wanted to Preserve the Soviet Union
    Mar17

    Gorbachev Wanted to Preserve the Soviet Union

    The last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, said he was always against the collapse of the country on the anniversary of its historic referendum. The Soviet government attempted to slow the dissolution of the union of Communist states by holding a referendum in 1991, asking citizens if they opposed or supported their republic...

    Good Points and Bad Points
    Mar17

    Good Points and Bad Points

    Let’s first get through the list of problems with the “Obama Doctrine” laid out in Jeffrey Goldberg’s interview, where I would echo many of the criticisms being made of him by others in the foreign policy establishment.First, while it’s true that there is a “cult of credibility” in Washington which is often overemphasized,...

    The Obama Doctrine and Ukraine
    Mar17

    The Obama Doctrine and Ukraine

    In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, President Obama laid out key elements of his approach to foreign policy. There is much in it with which one can agree. “Don’t do stupid s—” makes sense as an axiom of foreign policy—or of any policy, for that matter—as does taking deliberate and strategic decisions about when to engage...

    Kremlin: Putin resists Obama’s call for Savchenko release
    Mar17

    Kremlin: Putin resists Obama’s call for Savchenko release

    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin is resisting President Barack Obama’s call for Russia to release a Ukrainian pilot who is on trial over the death of two Russian journalists, a Kremlin spokesman said Thursday. Nadezhda Savchenko was fighting with a Ukrainian volunteer brigade against Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine when she was...

    Ukraine tears down giant Lenin statue, live on YouTube
    Mar17

    Ukraine tears down giant Lenin statue, live on YouTube

    Exhaustive efforts to tear down Ukraine’s largest remaining monument to Vladimir Lenin bore fruit on Thursday when workers prized the late Soviet leader’s statue from its plinth in the southeastern city of Zaporizhzhya. …read more Source: The Toronto...

    President Donald Trump Would Be A Global Threat On Par With Jihadi Terrorism, Warns Economic Research Firm
    Mar17

    President Donald Trump Would Be A Global Threat On Par With Jihadi Terrorism, Warns Economic Research Firm

    The prospect of Donald Trump becoming the president of the United States, and the ripple effect that would have on the world, is beginning to freak a lot of people out. A geopolitical research firm attempted to quantify that panic by ranking a possible Trump presidency on its list of risks to global economic security, on par with the rising...