US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Needs a Rethink

December 21, 2021

In 2019, former US President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation about a conversation he had with Donald Trump, the incumbent president at the time. He said Trump called him for advice about China. Carter, who normalized US ties with China in 1979, told the president that the United States had...

10 Problems With US Foreign Policy Under Biden

December 10, 2021

The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it’s not too early to point to areas in the foreign policy realm where we, as progressives, have been disappointed — or even infuriated.  There are one or two positive developments, such as the renewal of Barack Obama's New START...

Lessons From 50 Years of Covering Foreign Policy

September 28, 2021

For over 50 years, I have been writing about foreign policy — mostly America’s but those of other nations as well. I think I have a pretty good grasp of places like Turkey, China, India, Russia and the European Union. I regret that I am less than sure-footed in Africa and Latin...

Qatar Plays a Strong Foreign Policy Hand

September 27, 2021

Afghanistan: A Final Nail in the Coffin of American Foreign Policy

August 27, 2021

When the United States began Operation Enduring Freedom, leading its forces into Afghanistan to empower local resistance to oust the Taliban, Afghans around the world cheered in sheer jubilance. The unipolar hero that is the United States of America had come to save the day and defeat the wicked...

So Far, Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Proving Too Conventional

July 02, 2021

On the domestic front, Joe Biden is flirting with transformational policies around energy, environment, and infrastructure. It’s not a revolution, but it’s considerably less timid than what Barack Obama offered in that pre-Trump, pre-pandemic era. When it comes to foreign policy, however,...

Israel Is the Rock on Which US Foreign Policy Is Built

April 27, 2021

International military cooperation can take many forms. When pushed to the extreme, it can even turn into its opposite. What was meant to protect from danger can sometimes become the fact that precipitates an unwanted conflict. For that reason, most nations now seek to avoid the once popular idea...

China’s Balancing Foreign Policy in the Gulf

March 11, 2021

Amid a period in which the US has been imposing “maximum pressure” on Iran, Tehran has moved closer to China, which is playing a balancing role in the Gulf region.

Will Kuwaiti Foreign Policy Change?

March 02, 2021

As an internationally respected Arab diplomat who was Kuwait’s foreign minister before becoming emir in 2006, the late Sheikh Sabah was an architect of his country’s foreign policy.

Foreign-Language Entertainment Is Having Its Soft-Power Moment

December 18, 2020

Since the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929, non-English films from all over the world used to compete for a nomination in one single category, best foreign film, as all the other Oscars traditionally went to American and, sometimes, British productions. But in 2019, Netflix’s...

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