Joe Biden: An Oasis of Stasis in a Changing World

March 24, 2020

Amy Walter, writing for the Cook Political Report, has asked an important question in the title of her article: “Will Coronavirus Shake Up the Political Stasis?” She looks specifically at what the idea of stasis or change means for US President Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders Is Connecting...

Obama Pushes the Envelope Before Sealing It Shut

November 21, 2019

Writing for MSN News, journalist Dave Goldiner can’t contain his enthusiasm for what he calls former US President Barack Obama’s “rare advice to the crowded field of 2020 Democrats.“  Goldiner focuses on this oracular pronouncement of the twice-elected former president: “Even as...

Barack Obama’s Assault on Purity

April 10, 2019

In Berlin, Barack Obama announces his foundation’s global mission to effectuate “amazing change” by avoiding asking for too much or, it seems, for anything at all. The Daily Devil’s Dictionary explains. Former US President Barack Obama put in a good word for impurity at a town hall...

Donald Trump Enjoys Destroying Barack Obama’s Achievements

November 01, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council. Withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal, was one of US President Donald Trump's main...

Obama Snub: Why Diplomatic Gaffes Matter

September 06, 2016

Whether intentional or not, the Obama airport episode will make the US look diminished to Chinese audiences. It was pretty humorless as diplomatic gaffes go. After touching down in China for the G20 Summit, US President Barack Obama was not provided a staircase—or the accompanying red...

South Sudan Turns Three: Gaza, Obama and South Africa

July 10, 2014

With carnage in Gaza, party politics in the US and injustice in South Africa, where does South Sudan stand today? I was asked if I could write an opinion piece about South Sudan’s independence day, as I have in previous years. But when asked, I realized I had nothing to say (yes, outspoken...

Iraq: Collapse and Chaos in the Cradle of Civilization

June 25, 2014

Iraq is collapsing and the government has to rely on its own political will and security capabilities. Iraq, a country where nearly 4,500 American lives were lost and more than $1 trillion spent in an eight-plus year effort to oust a dictator and rebuild a nation, is approaching chaos —...

Palestinian Unity Government: What’s Next for the Peace Effort?

June 04, 2014

Despite the breakdown in peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, both sides must continue to talk. Failure by the Israelis and Palestinians to even reach a framework accord came as no surprise. Observers and pundits around the world — notably most vociferously in the Middle East...

Indian Elections 2014: A Foreign Policy for Modi (Part 1/2)

April 08, 2014

On what should Narendra Modi base his foreign policy? Foreign policy seldom occupies an important position in political agendas during electoral campaigns, and 2014 in India is hardly any different. The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has, however, evoked a little more...

Afghans’ Vote Re-Shuffles the Diplomatic Deck

April 07, 2014

Amid the country's presidential election, Afghans have created new opportunities for Afghanistan. Afghans' surprisingly enthusiastic participation in their presidential campaign and the election on April 5 should jolt citizens and foreigners alike out of their pessimism about the...

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