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The punditry vs. the presidency

TCF fellow, Michael Cohen writes about the criticism of President Obama's foreign policy in an article on the NY Daily News.

There is a fun foreign policy game making all the rounds in Washington D.C. this summer: Pin the tail on Barack Obama.

Its appeal is not hard to understand; it's so easy to play.

Step 1: Pick a foreign crisis that touches even slightly on U.S. national security interests. This shouldn't be hard, because the United States defines practically everything in the world as being an American interest.

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Tags: president obama, foreign policy, barack obama

The stubborn optimism of Obama’s foreign policy worldview

TCF fellow, Michael Cohen has been mentioned in a Vox article about President Obama's foreign policy.

President Obama, speaking at a fundraiser event in upstate New York in Friday, sounded downright optimistic about this moment in American foreign policy.

He declared that the US was safer than ever, dismissed the threat of Russian aggression, downplayed the chaos in the Middle East as not particularly new, and argued that US global leadership was still solidly secure. "Our values, our leadership, our military power but also our diplomatic power, the power of our culture is one that means we will get through these challenging times just like we have in the past," he said. "And I promise you things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years ago."

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Tags: ukraine, syrian rebels, president obama, foreign policy, egyptian politics

Obama’s Hidden-Hand Foreign Policy

TCF fellow, Stephen Schlesinger has written about President Obama's foreign policy in an article for The Huffington Post.

Over six years of his presidency, President Obama has pursued a down-sized foreign policy that has mixed diplomacy, sanctions and force in varying measures to protect American national security interests abroad -- without involving US ground forces.

Obama began this approach from Day 1 of his presidency when he negotiated the withdrawal of all American soldiers from Iraq, our second longest running war, and then pulled most of US forces out of Afghanistan, our longest running war.

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Tags: ukraine, syrian war, president obama, iraq war, iran, foreign policy, barack obama, afghanistan war

Why the Latest Snowden Leaks about Pakistan Are Scary

The New Republic covers senior fellow Barton Gellman's most recent work for the Washington Post, which reveals the United States's strained relationship with Pakistan. 

As the story notes, "Pakistan appears at the top of charts listing critical U.S. intelligence gaps. It is named as a target of newly formed analytic cells. And fears about the security of its nuclear program are so pervasive that a budget section on containing the spread of illicit weapons divides the world into two categories: Pakistan and everybody else." The real importance of the piece, however, is what it indirectly explains: namely, that even if the Pakistanis follow our wish and wholeheartedly pursue terrorist groups and Taliban elements, there is bound to be serious collateral damage, and a host of fresh problems.

The U.S. Is Doing an Awful Lot of Spying on Pakistan

The Atlantic covers senior fellow Barton Gellman's latest work published in the Washington Post, which reveals that the U.S. government is highly concerned with Pakistan's nuclear program and human rights violations. 

Gellman's report "comes at a critical time for diplomatic relations between the United States and Pakistan. While the covert operation to kill Osama bin Laden ruffled feathers and raised questions of national sovereignty, the incident was just the most prominent example of American fears that the Pakistani government is not fully aware of what is going on inside its borders, which is especially worrisome given the cache of nuclear arms in the country."

The liberal case for President Obama to strike the Syrian regime

TCF fellow Michael Cohen for The Guardian on how taking action against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad would help to further deter others from using chemical weapons. "If President Obama uses the attack as an opportunity to jump-start political negotiations between the Assad regime and the rebels," Cohen writes, "a punitive attack could potentially play a positive even constructive role in ending the conflict. Yet even if that fails, upholding the global set of norms and rules that have contributed to what is probably the least war-like period in the history of the species is not nothing."


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