Obama Out, Trump In

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump becomes president, we must remember: We are all observers of history. On January 20, the United States enters a new era. It will no longer be the same country. It will be different from what it has been for the past eight years under Barack Obama. It will also be different from...

How Obama Took Foreign Policy Forward… and Back

January 19, 2017

When it came to race, climate or diplomacy, Obama was like a visitor from the future. On trade and intervention, however, he was often stuck in the past. For Barack Obama supporters, the last eight years have been a victory of wise leadership over the forces of darkness in Congress and the world...

Obama Leaves No Legacy in the Middle East

January 18, 2017

President Obama has joined a long list of US presidents who failed in their Middle East policy. The Middle East may be where grandiose policies by well-intentioned but naive US presidents run aground. Despite some success, American presidents since Jimmy Carter have been known more for their...

The Fate of Neoliberalism Under Trump

January 17, 2017

The US has not invested properly in the education and reeducation that would support the development of advanced intellectual resources and capital. With the rise of alt-right politics in Europe and the United States, along with the election of Donald Trump, some argue that the era of...

The World This Week: Barack Obama Bows Out of the White House

January 15, 2017

Obama promised change but prized continuity, chose Clinton’s economics over Roosevelt’s, and made historic rapprochements with some longstanding adversaries. The curtain has rung down on the first black president of the United States. After an improbable victory, Barack Hussein Obama is...

Putin Has Laid a Trap for Trump

January 13, 2017

Russia has had big plans for Donald Trump. John Feffer explains. Last week, I wrote this article about Russian efforts to cultivate Donald Trump as an asset. Little did I know that news would break this week of allegations that Russia has a file of damaging information it can use to blackmail...

Trump Upends US Foreign Policy… And He’s Not Even Sworn In

January 05, 2017

The one foreign policy arena where Trump’s post-election moves are arousing bipartisan political resistance in Washington is Russia. Never has a president-elect so roiled American foreign policy before even taking office. On a dizzying range of fronts—Russia, China, Europe, the Middle...