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 Barack Obama Middle East foreign policy

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Obama mocked Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential debate for asserting Russia was our country's biggest threat - hey Mitt, "the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back!" Russia then had its way with Obama during the following ...
Qatar is home to the US's largest military base in the Middle East and a long-time US ally. Since its gulf neighbors, led by Saudi Arabia, imposed a blockade two ...
His singular policy aim appears to be overturning anything Obama accomplished.
He also spent four years in the Obama White House serving as a senior advisor in the offices of the National Security Advisor and the Middle East advisor. He was previously a reporter for the Washington Post where he covered conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon, ...
Therefore, immediately after the WWII the basic US strategy became to establish the American hegemony in the oil-rich countries in the region of the Middle East supporting there all kinds of non-democratic and even dictatorial regimes who expressed ...
Elsewhere in foreign policy, we have just begun a deepening of the war in Afghanistan, the longest in American history, with no strategy in place.
The Obama administration never made clear whether the 16-year-old son was targeted individually because he was al-Awlaki's son or if he was the victim of a "signature" strike, fitting the description of a young militaryage male.
They were preceded by a president who promised a "humble foreign policy," no nation-building, and military involvement only where the exits were clearly marked.
By Colum LynchColum Lynch is Foreign Policy's award-winning U.N.-based senior diplomatic reporter. ... "The Syrian government has a big interest in having the U.N.
President Trump rarely raises human rights concerns as part of his foreign policy, and his secretary of State says that advocating for them "creates obstacles" in advancing American interests abroad.
Given this background, it came as a surprise to pundits, politicians, and foreign policy experts alike when the president chose Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, as the very first stop on his very first overseas trip.
Three key stories since the 2011 Arab Spring broadly explain how the United States and Russia fit into these dynamics, and why these two great powers are being dragged into confrontation in the Middle East. The first story is the tension ... The second ...
President Trump is pushing for a historic breakthrough between Israel and the Palestinians, but the lack of specifics in his approach has left some foreign policy experts scratching their heads. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will ...
After sanctions from the United States, and European Union, the Kremlin has attempted to build new energy-financing channels and export markets in the Middle ...
"I would be very surprised if they willfully shot down a U.S. plane that came to bomb some al Qaeda target west of the Euphrates river," said Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, a think-tank in Washington ...
Tom most recently was the Assistant Secretary of State for human rights and that gives him a pretty unique perspective on the abrupt and even rapid switch in foreign policy that we're seeing between the Obama administration, in which Tom serviced since ...
However fraught and uneven, the U.S. commitment to human rights has long imbued its foreign policy with a sense of moral conviction and uplift, tempered some of Washington's most bellicose and self-serving instincts, and made international affairs into ...
Thus, if President Trump learned more about the oil market and the Middle East, he would wisely continue the Obama's effort to run a more even-handed foreign policy toward the region. But alas, he doesn't seem to have the curiosity or the inclination.
For now this is only a "mini-surge" involving a much smaller commitment of American forces than the George W. Bush administration's 2007 Iraq surge, or the Afghan surge authored by Generals David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal during the Obama ...
A pair of top White House officials is pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its proxy forces on the ground there, ...
The militarization of U.S. foreign policy certainly didn't start with President Donald J. Trump; in fact, it goes back several decades.
Energized by Mr. Trump's support, the Saudi and Emirati regimes led a "coalition of the willing" to force back in line the Qatari leadership, which had followed a foreign policy independent of and at times in opposition to theirs. Saudi Arabia and its ...
Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence on the National Security Council, and Derek Harvey, the NSC's top Middle East advisor, want the United States to start going on the offensive in southern Syria, where, in recent weeks, the U.S ...
In Obama's case, he was approaching the end of his two terms in office without any major foreign policy victory.
America's Syria policy is just as incoherent now, though, as it was when Barack Obama was president. In August of 2013, the former president ... Like the Obama administration, the Trump foreign policy team recognizes that Assad is bad news but is ...
As Ken Hackett was preparing to move to Rome as the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See in September 2013, Washington was debating whether or not President Barack Obama should bomb Syria in response to its use of chemical weapons in Bashar al-Assad's ...
Goodbye Pacific pivot, hello Pacific retreat EnlargeFILE - In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump talks to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ...
Senators from both parties said the move to impose sanctions on Iran was necessary to confront what they describe the country's efforts to exert its powers throughout the Middle East, at the expense of US allies and partners. Iran describes its ...
Senior White House officials said that Obama's overtures had enriched Cuba's military while repression increased on the island.
New York // A week ago, Donald Trump used a White House news conference to denounce Qatar as "a funder of terrorism at a very high level", his latest statement offering implicit support for the gulf state's blockade by other regional powers.
Just last month Vice President Mike Pence told the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians that "Protecting and promoting religious freedom is a foreign policy priority of the Trump administration." Protecting Christians specifically, he ...
In Obama's case, he was approaching the end of his two terms in office without any major foreign policy victory.
In Obama's case, he was approaching the end of his two terms in office without any major foreign policy victory.
The Democratic party, the Pentagon and the CIA "are pressuring Trump to get on board with foreign policy" that existed and bolstered under former President Barack Obama, which destabilized other countries in North Africa and the Middle East, he said.
Former President Barack Obama once articulated his vision of foreign policy as not doing "stupid shit." By this he meant not putting boots on the ground in long-term, unwinnable wars.
Former US President Barack Obama was under pressure from certain Middle Eastern leaders to bomb Iran, former US Secretary of State John Kerry has ...
Energized by Trump's support, the Saudi and Emirati regimes led a "coalition of the willing" to force back in line the Qatari leadership, which had followed a foreign policy that is independent of and at times in opposition to theirs. Saudi Arabia and ...
While the party has moved to the left on many domestic issues, and emerged as an effective counterbalance to the meanness and incoherence of Donald Trump, many Democrats remain wedded to Obama's foreign policy legacy. This is the one area in which ...
Legitimizing Iran was anathema not only to Saudi Arabia but to much of the Washington foreign-policy establishment, the "blob" so disparaged by Obama's deputy national-security adviser Ben Rhodes. ... Andrew Exum, a former deputy Assistant Secretary of ...
The long-serving conservative who frequently criticised Mr Obama's foreign policy said Mr Trump's penchant for inflammatory tweets sent a message that "America doesn't want to lead".
WASHINGTON - On the eve of fired FBI Director James Comey's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee - one that many feared could ...
The president's visit last month to Europe and the Middle East "showed the power of both competing to advance interests and engaging to develop relationships and foster cooperation.
Joshua Geltzer was senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff from 2015 to 2017 after serving in other roles at the NSC and Justice Department during the Obama administration. Jon Finer was chief of staff and director ...
It surprised them when I told them that, on basic Middle East policies, Trump was following the policies of Obama. Obama's administration considered ... Foreign policy is as much about what is left unsaid as what is spoken. While nations are likely to ...
KSA and Israel emboldened President Trump to cross a redline President Obama resisted. This dared KSA to ... Pakistan has vulnerabilities of poor leadership, a non-performing foreign policy and too much economic reliance on Middle East. In this game of ...
It surprised them when I told them that, on basic Middle East policies, Trump was following the policies of Obama. Obama's administration considered ... Foreign policy is as much about what is left unsaid as what is spoken. While nations are likely to ...
WASHINGTON - As his top advisers sought to defuse an escalating crisis in the Middle East, President Donald Trump Friday doubled down on his criticism of Qatar, a key U.S.
Freeland's remarks outlined a pretty standard view of the post-war era of peace and stability in the West, with all the expected smugness and virtue-signaling about Liberal foreign policy. ... In 2008, after the world economy came crashing down and ...
There's no question that Bush and Obama's Middle East policies were costly failures, and Bill Clinton's track record in the region is hardly something to be proud of.
By Dan De LuceDan De Luce is Foreign Policy's chief national security correspondent. ... The Obama White House last year put a hold on shipments of thousands of precision-guided munitions and cluster bombs for Riyadh, and pulled back some intelligence ...


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