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In Obama’s Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity

August 1, 2014 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow, Michael Cohen, has spoken about President Obama's handling of foreign policy on NPR.

A new Washington Post-ABC poll shows fewer than half of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling international affairs.

But the president's grade on foreign policy has actually improved slightly since the beginning of summer, even as crises around the globe have multiplied. And Obama says he's confident in his strategic approach, even as he cautions that there are no quick fixes.

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Tags: ukraine rebellions, russia, obama, foreign policy, barack obama

Looking back in anger: One year of Snowden’s leaks

July 31, 2014 BY: Barton Gellman TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

TCF fellow, Barton Gellman, has been quoted in an AlJazeera America article about the Snowden leaks.

One year ago, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum after a 39-day stay for the NSA whistleblower in the transit zone at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Snowden had become stranded there while trying to flee to Latin America, where several countries had offered permanent asylum after the U.S. government filed charges against him for making off with thousands of classified documents about its surveillance programs.

Since then, the Snowden story has unfolded in dramatic ways for a nonstop 12 months — as the world reacted to the vast amount of information that his files contained — sparking revelation after revelation about some of the nation's most cherished secrets. It has also sparked a fierce policy debate over how to make intelligence organizations more accountable.

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Tags: whistleblower, nsa leaks, leaking classified information, edward snowden

The White House and the Search for a Cost-Effective Climate Policy

July 29, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya says that the Council of Economic Advisers’ new report on climate change demonstrates the need for immediate action.

Tags: united states, power plant rules, epa, economy, council of economic advisers, climate change

Strange bedfellows: Putin, the Chomskyite left and the ghosts of the Cold War

July 28, 2014 BY: Thanassis Cambanis TOPICS: Foreign Policy

TCF fellow, Thanassis Cambanis, has been quoted in a Salon article about the discourse surrounding the Ukraine crisis.

One of the weirder side effects of the Ukraine crisis and the West’s heated confrontation with Vladimir Putin’s Russia has been the reappearance of all kinds of complicated ideological rifts and conflicts left over from the Cold War. It’s as if the disease that afflicted and divided the world between 1946 and 1991 went into remission for 20-odd years but was never cured; given the right combination of rising temperatures, demagoguery and widespread confusion, the virus woke up and spread in all directions.

Another way of looking at this question is that Cold War fever never abated in America but was diverted to other purposes, most notably the unsatisfying and amorphous “war on terror,” in which the goals, the tactics, the strategy and even the enemy were never entirely clear. In that context, the rise of a renewed Russian imperial power was almost a relief to the powers that be. It was like encountering a high school sweetheart who’s still looking foxy at the 20-year reunion dance.

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Tags: ukraine rebellions, ukraine, russia, putin, cold war

Measuring Pipeline Politics in Cronuts

July 23, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Erin Nelson TOPICS: Foreign Policy

Erin Nelson, TCF publications intern, views international pipeline politics through the lens of NYC's favorite pastry. 

Tags: tapi pipeline, pipeline politics, pakistan, natural gas, geopolitics, energy policy, caspian sea, afghanistan


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