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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

UAE and Egypt warned over air raids in Libya

TCF senior fellow, Michael Wahid Hanna has been quoted in a Financial Times article about air raids in Libya.

The UN’s newly appointed envoy to Libya on Tuesday warned that outside intervention would not prevent the country’s slide into chaos after Egypt and the United Arab Emirates carried out bombing raids against Islamist-affiliated militias fighting to control Tripoli.
Speaking in Cairo, Bernardino Leon, who takes up his post next month, said “any kind of intervention, or foreign intervention won’t help Libya get out of chaos”. His comments match similar warnings from the US and four of its European allies.

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Tags: united arab emirates, libya, egyptian politics, airstrikes

Hezbollah Is Trying To Fool People Into Believing It’s The Moderate Alternative To ISIS In The Middl

TCF fellow, Thanassis Cambanis has been quoted in a Business Insider article about Hezbollah.

One has to hand it to whoever had the idea for Al-Akhbar’s interview with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah earlier this month.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri may have nicknamed Saad Hariri “Santa Claus” after his return to Lebanon bearing a billion-dollar gift from Riyadh, but the Future Movement leader’s goateed grin was no match for the jolly beam of the silver-bearded Sayyid at his avuncular best.

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Tags: middle east, lebanon, islamists, islamist, islamic state of iraq and syria, isis, iran, hezbollah, foreign policy

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

Truce enshrines Egypt’s mediator role in Gaza wars

TCF fellow, Michael Wahid Hanna, has been quoted in an AFP article about Egypt's role as mediator between Israel and Hamas.

The Gaza truce drawn up by Egypt shows Cairo has an "indispensable" role mediating conflicts between Israel and Hamas, despite strained ties with the Palestinian faction, analysts said Tuesday.

Israel withdrew all of its forces from Gaza on Tuesday after nearly a month-long deadly campaign, as a 72-hour ceasefire announced by Cairo went into effect.

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Tags: middle east violence, israel palestine peace, hamas, gaza conflicts


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