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    Why Credibility Matters
    Mar14

    Why Credibility Matters

    U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Jonathan Ernst / ReutersThere’s no getting around it: Barack Obama is a phenomenal arguer. He’s got superb legal training; he’s got point-by-point debating skill; he’s got a feel for nuance; he’s got historical examples and...

    How Russia Saw the ‘Red Line’ Crisis
    Mar11

    How Russia Saw the ‘Red Line’ Crisis

    Russian President Vladimir Putin in Valdai, Russia ReutersSince the summer of 2013, when President Obama walked up to the red line over the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then pivoted away from it, it’s become something of a truism among Washington hawks that this bit of cowardice paved the way for Russia’s Vladimir Putin to...

    The Middle East Is Unraveling—and Obama Offers Words
    Mar11

    The Middle East Is Unraveling—and Obama Offers Words

    Anti-government protesters pray at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Amr Dalsh / ReutersJeffrey Goldberg has conducted the most extensive autopsy of President Obama’s foreign policy—and revealed that it is based on the doctrine that the best leader is the one who leads the least, and contemplates and talks the most. Obama is an impressive wordsmith....

    Obama’s Biggest Bet
    Mar11

    Obama’s Biggest Bet

    Jonathan Ernst / ReutersThe title of Jeffery Goldberg’s very fine essay notwithstanding, there is no Obama Doctrine. Indeed, over the course of his on-the-job education in statecraft, President Obama has developed a pronounced aversion to doctrines—grand statements of principle that subsequently provide an enduring basis for policy. Such,...

    Obama Is Not a Realist
    Mar10

    Obama Is Not a Realist

    A man waits for the arrival of President Obama in Nairobi, Kenya. Noor Khamis / ReutersTeaching U.S. foreign policy at Stanford, I had been waiting for a piece like “The Obama Doctrine” for seven long years. Missing among reams of adulation and vituperation directed at the president was an intimate, yet dispassionate look like Jeffrey...

    One President’s Stand Against the Washington Herd
    Mar10

    One President’s Stand Against the Washington Herd

    Reuters / Pete Souza / White HouseIn October 2007, Senator Barack Obama, then a struggling Democratic presidential candidate, stood before a few hundred students at DePaul University in Chicago and delivered a speech that few in the foreign-policy world noticed. Five years after his famous statement against the disastrous Iraq invasion, Obama...

    The Obama Doctrine
    Mar10

    The Obama Doctrine

    Ruven AfanadorFriday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss and stepped back from the consuming void—began with a thundering speech given on...

    The Edge: Mitt Romney: Trump is a Loser
    Mar04

    The Edge: Mitt Romney: Trump is a Loser

    Jim Urquhart / ReutersToday in One Paragraph The Republican presidential candidates will debate tonight at 9 p.m. ET in Detroit. Hours before the candidates line up on the stage, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney publicly denounced Donald Trump, calling him a “phony.” President Obama visited Wisconsin where he praised the...

    The Atlantic Daily: Refugee Crisis, GOP vs. GOP, EPA and SCOTUS
    Mar04

    The Atlantic Daily: Refugee Crisis, GOP vs. GOP, EPA and SCOTUS

    Alexandros Avramidis / ReutersWhat We’re Following: A Sobering Warning From Europe Donald Tusk, the European Council’s president, warned would-be economic illegal migrants against making the life-threatening journey to European countries. “It is all for nothing,” he said. The plea comes as Europe is struggling with the influx of more...

    Facebook Is Making a Map of Everyone in the World
    Feb23

    Facebook Is Making a Map of Everyone in the World

    Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Mobile World Congress on Sunday in Barcelona. Albert Gea / ReutersAmericans inhabit an intricately mapped world. Type “Burger King” into an online box, and Google will cough up a dozen nearby options, each keyed to a precise latitude and longitude. But throughout much of the world, local knowledge stays local. While...

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