How Raytheon Runs US Foreign Policy

May 18, 2020

In 2017, US President Donald Trump’s new administration found itself in a quandary. Should it continue providing weapons for use in Saudi Arabia’s murderous war in Yemen that had been raging for two years? In June 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unexpectedly declared neighboring...

Donald Trump’s Policies Have Diminished America’s Global Leadership

November 30, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to former US Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh. US foreign policy is a hot topic of discussion in the media. Since his inauguration in 2017, President Donald Trump has been embroiled in controversy with world leaders: from hanging up on...

The US Role in the Migrant Crisis

June 25, 2018

Washington must show compassion to the migrants at the US-Mexico border that its foreign policy had a hand in creating. Announcing the US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, told the media, "I want to make it crystal clear...

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy of One

June 18, 2018

From the G-7 dustup to the flashy photo shoot with Kim Jong-un, US foreign policy is now determined solely by the president's pettiest personal preferences. In the wake of the disastrous G-7 meeting in Canada and the successful summit in Singapore, it’s hard to know what to call US foreign...

China Is Rising… and Everyone Should Take Note

May 11, 2018

China is a force to be reckoned with. Not only should the US take notice, but the rest of the developed world should do too. A recent issue of Foreign Affairs, “Letting Go: Trump, America, and the World,” questions the extent to which the United States under President Donald Trump has...

Afghanistan: Deteriorating Security Situation to Continue in 2018

November 09, 2017

A modest increase in US troop numbers is unlikely to reverse worsening insecurity in Afghanistan in the coming year. Afghanistan has experienced a violent 2017, with the government continuing to steadily lose territory to the Taliban. According to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan...

Trump Draws Geopolitical Battle Lines in South Asia

August 22, 2017

Pakistan’s refusal to confront its demons could leave it out in the cold. US President Donald Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan; a tougher approach toward Pakistan’s selective...

Will Trump Complete the Pivot to Asia?

February 16, 2017

Barack Obama failed to execute an economic and military pivot to Asia. Will Donald Trump pick up the fumble and run with it? James Mattis visited Asia this month on his first foreign trip as the new head of the Pentagon. It was less a get-acquainted visit than a damage control tour. His boss,...

After 8 Years in Office, Obama Signs Off

January 20, 2017

Obama has his faults, but he will go down as a president who impacted everyone around the world. As the US president leaves office, journalists, publications and prominent figures are assessing Barack Obama’s legacy and achievements over the past eight years. We cling on to the values and...

The 2016 “Are You Serious?” Awards

January 03, 2017

Last year’s lowlights from world politics, the culture wars and the military-industrial complex. Each year, Conn Hallinan gives awards to individuals, companies and governments that make reading the news a daily adventure. Here are the awards for 2016. The Golden Lemon Award The Golden Lemon...

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