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Iran is Winning the War for Dominance of the Middle East

There is a continuous battle for Middle Eastern dominance, with the two loose coalitions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, neither of whom have any solid grasp of what good governance would resemble in the region. TCF fellow Thanassis Cambanis says that despite the highly regional localized struggle, the U.S. should "take particular care in this conflict."

Sure, it’s bizarre to see the U.S. military working with Iran to battle the Islamic State in Iraq, while working against Tehran in Yemen. It’s also refreshing. This isn’t a homily; it’s foreign policy. It’s encouraging to see the United States operating around the edges of a complex, multiparty conflict and finding ways to advance American interests.

Read Cambanis's full article.

Tags: saudi arabia, middle east violence, middle east conflict, iran

Obama’s State of the Union and Climate Change

TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya looks at how climate change fit into this week’s State of the Union address for the U.S. News and World Report’s Debate Club.

Tags: state of the union, president obama, obama, climate change

Corruption and Revolt

In this week’s New Yorker, TCF fellow Patrick Radden Keefe takes a look at corruption: all nations have it, but just when is it too much? 

Tags: karzai, foreign policy, corruption, afghanistan

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.

Read the full article.

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


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