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The film chronicles the behind-the-scenes whirl of key players on Obama's foreign policy team, including Secretary of State John Kerry and speechwriter Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, as all three crisscross a world that seems on fire. They organize historic ...
President Donald Trump issued this month his final ultimatum to Congress regarding the Obama-era Iran nuclear agreement: You fix it, or I'll nix it. But in laying out his criteria for legislation, the president opened the door to countless loopholes that defenders of the deal might try to exploit. If Trump lets them, ...

Bashing Obama administration foreign policy is something nearly all elected Republicans can agree on, even foreign-policy restrainers like Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. John Duncan. And paleoconservative critics at The American Conservative magazine, fans of some of Obama's military pullbacks compared ...
Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here. A few months before President Barack Obama wrapped up his tenure in the Oval Office, he and his foreign policy team had a pointed argument over his final speech to the United Nations General Assembly, a fight that ...
Nat'l Politics; Samantha Power on Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy; Time's Up at the Golden Globes ... Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Greg Barker, director of a new documentary about President Obama's foreign policy legacy, discuss the film, called "The Final Year."
“It's consistent with how really this administration see themselves as neither Bush nor Obama,” he added, referring to the last two presidents. Trump set the tone with his very first tweet of the New Year, which blasted the past aid given to Islamabad and its continued reticence to aggressively target terrorists.

And yet, a more inward-looking United States and a greater international diffusion of power, increasingly militarized foreign policy, and shrinking space ... Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the same election season, and Barack Obama, as a candidate in the preceding ones, both rejected foreign entanglements and ...
According to foreign policy experts, Iran's ruling establishment was clearly caught off guard by the speed and ferocity of the protests, which mark the largest outpouring of opposition to the state since the disputed 2009 presidential elections. Tony Katz covered the latest developments in Iran and the ...
The first win is that Trump enforced a real "red line" against the use of nerve gas in Syria by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, something that Obama had failed to do. On April 4, 2017, the Syrian regime used sarin, a nerve gas, against civilian targets in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing more than ...
Rhodes and others around Obama keep on talking about doing all this novel thinking, playing from a new playbook, bucking the establishment thinking. But if that is the case, why have they given so much foreign policy power to two career hacks who never have had an original thought? I mean, of course, ...
President Barack Obama failed to de-escalate the conflict by trying to get the two sides to share. President Donald Trump's strategy of taking a confrontational approach with Iran while giving Saudi Arabia unconditional support has further exacerbated the situation. A policy that lies somewhere between ...
Director Greg Barker's The Final Year takes the audience on a globetrotting tour with former President Barack Obama's foreign policy team over the course of 2016. Over its 90-minute running time, we follow Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Secretary of State John Kerry, and United Nations ...
President Obama's foreign policy was notable for headline-grabbing deals with enemies such as Iran and Cuba, and the abandonment of dissidents there and elsewhere. But under the radar, his administration's trademark was promoting progressive pet projects as new national-security priorities, and ...
The movie is neither an in-depth analysis of Obama's foreign policy nor a candid depiction of the internal tensions of the policy makers. Viewers who didn't follow world news at the time might not even be able to tell that the president favored a less aggressive approach to international crises than Kerry and ...
Many of the deepest concerns about President Obama's Middle East and terror policies have been justified by recent revelations. This raises a serious question: should legal action be taken when an Administration forges a path that diverges sharply from widely accepted norms, is accomplished in an ...
About 90,000 live deep in the West Bank on the Palestinian side of the Security Barrier, a number that rose 20,000 during the Barack Obama administration. As time passes, the situation becomes ever more complicated. Soon, we'll reach a tipping point where neither Israelis nor Palestinians believe ...
And the general election presidential voters in 2008 saw that Obama had a better track record than McCain on Iraq, sounded smarter on other key policy issues, including the Economy, and chose Obama to be their President. [Did Obama perform well, during his Presidency, on foreign policy and domestic ...

Well, in many cases, President Obama sought to ignore it altogether. Indeed, if his foreign policy could be boiled down to two words, they would be these: Stay out. The Obama administration spent the better part of eight years making disengagement a cornerstone of American foreign policy, captured by the ...
“I have deep respect for the career Foreign and Civil Service staff who, despite the stinging disrespect this Administration has shown our profession, continue the struggle to keep our foreign policy on the positive trajectory necessary to avert global disaster in increasingly dangerous times,” Shackelford ...
... expert on Iran or Iraq but has years of experience in military intelligence and in the Senate, where he served Republican senators on foreign-policy issues. ... for sanctions policy at the State Department and National Security Council director on Iran from 2012 to 2014 under President Barack Obama.
Women held a number of powerful positions in the Obama administration. And I thought — I hoped — I was doing my part to make our profession more equitable by being a good boss, mentor, and colleague to women. But I know now that I failed to grasp a lot of the things that were happening to undermine ...
We know that Kremlin intermediaries reached out to Trump foreign-policy advisor George Papadopoulos and then to Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., ... But it also had the effect of making it more difficult for Obama to unilaterally call attention to Moscow's efforts to hack the election without it appearing to be ...
Preparations ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to London on May 23, 2011. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images). There are only two countries in the world whose citizens have fought alongside American troops in every single war since World War I: Britain and Australia. No other American ally, friend, or partner ...
But Obama's trip may garner particular attention, given that many foreign countries are still uncertain about Trump's foreign policy and may look to his predecessor to help explain America's current direction. "Barack Obama is the great explainer to the rest of the world of what the heck is going on in America ...
President Barack Obama failed to de-escalate the conflict by trying to get the two sides to share. President Donald Trump's strategy of taking a confrontational approach with Iran while giving Saudi Arabia unconditional support has further exacerbated the situation. A policy that lies somewhere between ...
My strong view is that it is completely out of balance,” offered Tom Malinowski, formerly Obama's assistant secretary of state for democracy, ...
... Post reported were routinely included in President Barack Obama's briefs, leaving little doubt that Trump was not caught off guard.
The Trump administration has kept many of Obama's policies in place; and ... foreign-policy establishment that Trump was supposed to disrupt.
In a remarkable speech from the White House, the world saw qualities in President Trump that were lacking in his predecessor: patience, ...
Tim Kaine — passed over as President Barack Obama's vice ... used her Armed Services perch to outline a case against Trump's foreign policy.
The Obama administration struggled to craft a coherent policy toward ... a U.S. official with knowledge of the planning told Foreign Policy, with ...
Under Trump, the United States has dropped about 20,650 bombs through July 31, or 80 percent the number dropped under Obama for the ...
One of the prime examples of this harrowing existence is Ben Rhodes, an ex-foreign policy advisor and speechwriter for Obama. Ben's latest crusade is acting indignant over President Trump's accusations that his boss wiretapped Trump's phone. Rhodes ...
Earlier Ben Rhodes, who was Mr Obama's foreign policy adviser and speechwriter, also addressed Mr Trump's claims in a tweet, saying: "No President can order a wire-tap.
It's no secret that our new president loves generals. He's has the most military-heavy foreign policy team in memory. In the splurge of "news," media-bashing, ...
He asked on Twitter whether it was legal for a "sitting president to be wire-tapping" and referred to the allegation as "a new low".
Generations of previous U.S. secretaries of state have sought to cultivate close ties with U.N. leaders to help rally international backing for U.S.
"Diplomacy not military force" was its motto, with one salient example being Secretary of State John Kerry's farewell New York Times op-ed: "President Obama has restored assertive diplomacy as our foreign policy tool of first resort." (As if prior ...
Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama's aspiring novelist speechwriter turned foreign policy wingman, famously claimed to hate what he called The Blob in a laudatory and much discussed New York Times Magazine profile last year.
Now he is everywhere, appearing regularly on TV to defend Trump's ban on travelers and refugees from Muslim-majority countries and elaborate on the president's murky foreign policy. He is particularly fond of criticizing the Obama administration for ...
Thankfully, for those interested in understanding the administration's foreign policy thinking, we have Michael Anton, currently serving as the deputy assistant to the president for strategic communications on the National Security Council staff in the ...
In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump made an impassioned plea for a return to American global leadership, guided by national interest and tempered by a recognition of the limits of the policies of previous ...
For instance, Congress repeatedly barred the Obama administration from using funds to transfer detainees out of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
By all accounts, former U.S. President Barack Obama had a stellar start to his retirement (you just can't beat lounging on a billionaire's private island, kitesurfing and kick-boarding).
I spoke with three of the Alpha Ladies of national security, and they are not impressed.
H. R. McMaster, President Trump's new national security adviser, is considering a reorganization of the White House foreign policy team that would give him control of Homeland Security and guarantee full access to the military and intelligence agencies ...
During the 2016 campaign, Trump threaded the same rhetorical needle as pre-presidency Obama, referencing "bad deals" instead of "dumb wars.
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused Barack Obama of treating America's adversaries "with tender love and care" while our allies were "snubbed and criticized by an administration that lacks moral clarity.
Corker joined with McCain and Ryan in moving to reassure Australia after The Washington Post reported that Trump lambasted an Obama-era refugee deal during a conversation with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and cut the call short. The GOP senators ...
Has it really only been a month? We wish we could say that Trump surprised us, but from the minute he took the oath of office one month ago today, he hasn't: This has been the worst, most unsettling start of a new president in modern memory.


 

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