WorldViews: U.S. Foreign Policy


Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Obama’s six big foreign policy points in the State of the Union

The big one was the Iran nuclear deal. The rest were, well, modest.

By Max Fisher  |  12:57 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Jon Stewart explains what’s weird about Congress’s Iran sanctions push

What the “Daily Show” host gets right and wrong about the sanctions bill.

By Max Fisher  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Robert Gates was wrong on the most important issue he ever faced

Gates says Joe Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.“

By Max Fisher  |  04:30 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Obama’s foreign policy report card for 2013

The administration squeaked by with a solid C average.

By Max Fisher  |  02:35 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Why Sen. Max Baucus is a strange choice for U.S. ambassador to China

The 72-year-old senator has relatively little obvious China experience.

By Max Fisher  |  06:55 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 12/04/2013

American isolationism just hit a 50-year high. Why that matters.

This poll shows why Obama would struggle to focus on foreign policy in his second term.

By Max Fisher  |  12:47 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Obama’s approaching an Iran deal. Here’s why Congress might stop it.

Congress is facing a real dilemma over Iran talks.

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2013

The Decline of the Vulcans: How Obama’s sidelined Cabinet explains his foreign policy

How his administration consolidated foreign policy decision-making may have shaped key decisions.

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Why did we go to war in Iraq? An interview with Peter Baker.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy, Wonkblog

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Washington thinks pro-Israel groups are all-powerful. Few Americans agree.

Despite the groups’ fearsome reputation in Washington, only 4 percent call them the most influential lobby.

By Max Fisher  |  07:03 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 10/17/2013

What Iran Air Flight 655 says about America’s role in the Middle East

Historian Toby Craig Jones on the deeper meaning of the 1988 incident.

By Max Fisher  |  04:54 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 10/04/2013

How the shutdown is hurting U.S. foreign policy

The U.S. is missing another opportunity in Asia, this time because Obama must stay home to deal with Congress.

By Max Fisher  |  01:57 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Why Obama should still go to Asia if the government stays shut down

Everyone assumes he’ll cancel his big trip. But what’s more important for the U.S.?

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Read: Full text of Obama’s speech to the United Nations on Syria, Iran and war

The president pledged deep U.S. involvement in the Middle East and in ending conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  11:25 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Nations

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Why the U.S.-Russia 'reset' is falling part: not enough incentive to hold it together

The reset may have been doomed not by high tensions but by low stakes.

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013

Read and watch: Obama talks about Putin, Snowden and terror threats on Jay Leno

Transcript and video highlights from an interview with lots of foreign policy and national security talk.

By Max Fisher  |  08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, National Security, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 07/24/2013

The case for Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan

The reported choice is surprising, but her family legacy and gender equality work are real assets.

By Max Fisher  |  04:39 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 07/22/2013

A revealing map of how the world views China vs. the U.S.

The U.S. is more popular in most countries, but there are some big exceptions.

By Max Fisher  |  09:46 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Maps, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 07/19/2013

U.S. Congress gestures in an unusual direction: toward diplomacy with Iran

The typically hawkish institution appears to be softening on Iran at a key moment.

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Another reason why the U.S. hasn't condemned Egypt's coup: one high-level personal relationship

How one lunch between an American and an Egyptian may have guided the U.S. reaction.

By Max Fisher  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 07/09/2013

The State Department's Arabic outreach team spoofed an al-Qaeda video

The Digital Outreach Team tries to curb anti-American attitudes, but a study finds it may have the opposite effect.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:31 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 07/05/2013

Key congressional committee backs Egypt coup

Top members of the House Foreign Affairs committee tacitly support the military's decision to remove Morsi.

By Max Fisher  |  04:43 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Edward Snowden, Vladimir Putin and the limits of American diplomacy

Why can't the United States compel Russia to extradite such a highly sought fugitive?

By Max Fisher  |  02:41 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 06/20/2013

The U.S. military is scrapping up to 2,000 of its mine-resistant vehicles, which cost $1 million each

The Pentagon is disposing of as much as $7 billion worth of hardware that's too expensive to ship home.

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. Military

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 06/12/2013

'America talked the talk while Iran walked the walk'

How did Tehran outmaneuver the U.S., not to mention Saudi Arabia, in Syria's civil war?

By Max Fisher  |  12:11 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 06/05/2013

What do Susan Rice and Samantha Power promotions mean for Syria policy? Probably not much

The two are famous supporters of liberal interventionism, but don't look for them to push it in Syria.

By Max Fisher  |  01:30 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 05/13/2013

The real roots of China-Japan tensions

A prominent historian argues that China is struggling for a post-Mao ideology and Japan is bristling against U.S. dominance.

By Max Fisher  |  09:32 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 05/03/2013

New U.S. representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan is critic of Biden on war

James Dobbins previously published an article criticizing, and at points mocking, Biden's proposed Afghan war strategy.

By Max Fisher  |  06:01 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, pakistan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Half of Americans can't identify Syria on a map (young Republicans do slightly better)

One in five respondents told Pew they thought it was Turkey.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 04/25/2013

What is Obama's red line on chemical weapons and what happens if Syria crosses it?

The administration has articulated the red line six times. Here's what it said, what it means and what it has promised to do about it.

By Max Fisher  |  05:01 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Thatcher and Reagan: Was their 'special relationship' partly a myth?

The famous partnership between the U.S. and U.K. heads of state covered over a number of sometimes bitter disputes.

By Max Fisher  |  12:35 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy, United Kingdom

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Actually, the Kennedys have a storied history of diplomacy with Japan

Caroline Kennedy's possible appointment as ambassador to Tokyo might make more sense than you'd think.

By Max Fisher  |  03:52 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013

America's B-2 bomber 'practice run' may have also been about deterring South Korea

Seoul has recently considered developing its own nuclear weapons, something that would risk isolating the country.

By Max Fisher  |  11:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  North Korea, South Korea, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Yes, Netanyahu's apology to Turkey is a very big deal

The detente, long sought by Obama, could serve as a practice run for Israeli and Palestinian talks.

By Max Fisher  |  02:37 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, Turkey, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 03/21/2013

How Obama just reframed the Israel-Palestine conflict

The president’s speech in Jerusalem sought to change the way Israel thinks about its approach to peace with the Palestinians.

By Max Fisher  |  01:01 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Video: Obama teases Netanyahu about 'red lines'

The Israeli prime minister, who has warned the U.S. to set a red line on Iran's nuclear program, comes in for some presidential joshing.

By Max Fisher  |  02:16 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Was there a window of opportunity for success in Iraq?

For all the missteps of the initial invasion, it's possible that the war still could have gone differently.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Video: Israel uses 'Golden Girls' theme to suggest that Obama still likes Netanyahu

The strange official video includes the cardboard cut-out leaders high-fiving, despite reports of a tense relationship.

By Max Fisher  |  04:45 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Today's Reads: Riches in Australia, memory in Iraq

Are Americans losing their nuclear taboo?

By Max Fisher  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  australia, Iraq, Today's Reads, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Poll: Only half of Americans believe U.S. is world's top military power

The U.S. actually spends more on its military than the next 13 countries combined.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/27/2013

China is happy with John Kerry because it thinks he'll drop the 'pivot to Asia'

The new secretary of state has put less emphasis on engaging in East Asia.

By Max Fisher  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Why New Zealand is officially, earnestly upset about 'Argo'

The Oscar-winning film, in one brief line, resurfaced some old and bitter tensions.

By Max Fisher  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Zealand, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013

The gaping hole in Obama's plan to stop Chinese hacking

The official U.S. strategy requires engaging Beijing in the sort of calculus-shifting diplomacy that China has resisted for centuries.

By Max Fisher  |  11:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, Diplomacy, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 02/19/2013

A map of the foreign governments that hosted Congressional staff on free trips (China is #1)

According to the data, China hosted more free trips for U.S. members of Congress and senior staff than any other country.

By Max Fisher  |  01:09 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Chinese hacking: Obama admin. signals it will elevate issue with Beijing

The U.S. says it will raise its opposition to hacking within the already-complicated U.S.-China relationship.

By Max Fisher  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The 11 foreign policy takeaways from Obama's State of the Union

Less Afghanistan and Syria, more cyber security and drones, outreach to Iran and more.

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, C.I.A., Cyber Security, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Is Israel the only U.S. ally in the Middle East? An answer in map form

Sen. Manchin says yes, but this map says no.

By Max Fisher  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Is Khamenei rejecting direct nuclear talks or just negotiating?

The supreme leader appeared to slam the door on direct U.S. negotiations.

By Max Fisher  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 02/06/2013

6 concrete policy ideas for fixing America's drone dilemma

Some starting points for a conversation about drones and targeted killings that accepts the arguments of supporters and opponents.

By Max Fisher  |  01:38 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Beyond secret drones: The roots of the awkward, improbable, contradictory U.S.-Saudi relationship

How, and why, do Washington and Riyadh manage to sustain an alliance that has so many problems?

By Max Fisher  |  12:16 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A., Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/01/2013

A revealing list of the most-mentioned words at Hagel's confirmation hearing

What Washington talks about when it talks about running the world's most powerful military.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Obama, in new interview, seems to lean away from Syria intervention

The president's comments suggest he does not currently see U.S. military involvement as worth the risks.

By Max Fisher  |  03:19 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Fascinating interactive map: Where U.S. secretaries of state have traveled since 1989

Embedded in this graphic are the stories of 24 years of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy.

By Max Fisher  |  12:33 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 01/23/2013

What it's like for one Middle East reporter to watch the Benghazi hearings

"These hearings are a sorry coda to an actually very important situation."

By Max Fisher  |  04:42 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 01/21/2013

The one substantive foreign policy point in Obama's inauguration speech

The president reiterated a diplomatic approach to Iran but otherwise suggested that he will focus domestically.

By Max Fisher  |  01:04 PM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 01/07/2013

On Israel, Iran, and spending, Chuck Hagel looks a lot like Robert Gates

The expected defense secretary nominee has been criticized for his views on major issues, but they look awfully similar to those of Bush-appointed Gates.

By Max Fisher  |  12:17 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Russia's UN ambassador calls Susan Rice 'one tough individual'

Vitaly Churkin joked that he will request "double pay" if Rice stays on at the United Nations.

By Max Fisher  |  09:25 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Nations

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Chuck Hagel's ambiguous stance on dealing with Iran

The possible nominee for defense secretary opposed Iran strikes during the Bush administration, but may have changed his stance.

By Max Fisher  |  04:28 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/11/2012

The coming realignment of world powers, foretold in charts

By 2030, three of the world's top four powers could be Asian and none of them European.

By Max Fisher  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Global trends, India, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Israeli leaders gush over Hillary Clinton in tribute video

Some see a possible Netanyahu endorsement here for a presidential run.

By Max Fisher  |  03:56 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Who won' the Israel-Gaza conflict?

Short answer: no one. Longer answer: sort of everyone, except for civilians, Mahmoud Abbas, and prospects for long-term peace.

By Max Fisher  |  03:43 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Israel-Palestine, Turkey, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Obama's message for North Korea in visiting Burma: Let's make up

Pyongyang, however, might not be able or willing to follow Burma's example of reform and opening.

By Max Fisher  |  01:59 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma, North Korea, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Why it's such a big deal that Obama said Myanmar' rather than Burma

The subtle but significant move is a concession to the government, but does it risk bestowing too much legitimacy on a regime with a long record of abuses?

By Max Fisher  |  12:09 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma, Diplomacy, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 11/09/2012

The Iraq success story that propelled David Petraeus to the top

How the major general who entered Iraq a skeptic came out its biggest star.

By Max Fisher  |  05:21 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 11/08/2012

A revealing map of which world leaders Obama called back today

In his customary post-victory calls, Obama talked to four Middle Eastern leaders, three in Europe, and none in East Asia.

By Max Fisher  |  02:28 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A very awkward video of Netanyahu congratulating Obama

The Israeli leader offers reassurances in a meeting with the U.S. ambassador.

By Max Fisher  |  12:47 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Does Obamas victory mean defeat for Netanyahu?

Some see political trouble for Israel's prime minister, but so far, he looks able to withstand any blowback.

By Max Fisher  |  12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Netanyahu more resolved than thought to strike Iran, but Israel might not be

The Israeli leader tried to set a unilateral attack in motion in 2010, but was stopped by internal political and military forces. Have those dynamics changed?

By Max Fisher  |  10:06 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 11/02/2012

NYT: Mitt Romney wants good relations with Putin, son told Kremlin ally

Would it really be surprising if Romney pursued a Russia policy more like Obama's than his rhetoric suggests?

By Max Fisher  |  02:01 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 10/31/2012

China and Japan looking to the U.S. on disputed islands

A preview of the big challenges America will face in its Pacific century.

By Max Fisher  |  03:44 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012

More hints of an opening for direct U.S.-Iran talks

Tehran has reportedly appointed an envoy to receive "approaches from the Americans."

By Max Fisher  |  10:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Report: British attorney general thinks strike on Iran could be illegal

The Guardian reports on a secret legal memo shaping London's response.

By Max Fisher  |  05:05 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Kingdom

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 10/24/2012

The U.S. presidential debate, as seen by Iran’s defense minister

Brigadier General Vahidi's offers a revealing misreading of American politics.

By Max Fisher  |  11:16 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Poll finds 20 of 21 countries strongly prefer Obama (exception: Pakistan)

The countries where Obama leads make up 56.4% of global population.

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Global trends, Pakisan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Afghanistan optimism at the presidential foreign policy debate

Both candidates exuded confidence about the planned 2014 drawdown.

By Max Fisher  |  12:50 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Debate’s big winner: Israel. Big loser: Israel-Palestinian peace process

The candidates avoided discussing one of Israel's most existential long-term challenges.

By Max Fisher  |  11:31 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel-Palestine, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Presidential debate: Obama and Romney almost word-for-word same on Syria

The candidates strained to articulate a policy difference on worsening the Middle East conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:10 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Growing debate consensus: Romney sounded just like Obama

Foreign policy-watchers saw few concrete differences at Monday's debate.

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012

The importance of Mali

Why Mitt Romney mentioned the land-locked African state -- twice.

By Max Fisher  |  10:08 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Romney: Latin America ‘a huge opportunity’

The candidate sees a U.S. opportunity to the south.

By Max Fisher  |  10:03 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latin America, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Would direct U.S.-Iran talks be bad for Israel?

The larger issues underlying the building U.S. debate over reported nuclear negotiations.

By Max Fisher  |  02:49 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Unraveling the secret U.S.-Iran nuclear talks

What people are saying about the New York Times story alleging a deal to hold private bilateral negotiations.

By Max Fisher  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Benghazi’s overlooked lesson: The militia-ization of Libya

The country relies on citizen militias for basic security, but do they have too much autonomy and power?

By Max Fisher  |  11:39 AM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  After the Arab Spring, Libya, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Chinese debate-watchers shrug at candidates’ China-bashing

Online response to the town hall has been uncharacteristically muted.

By Max Fisher  |  11:05 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, This Chinese Life, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Six crucial Libya questions that should have been asked at the presidential debate

Here's how President Obama and Mitt Romney might address the Benghazi attack in more depth than they did at Tuesday night's town hall.

By Max Fisher  |  09:55 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Libya, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 10/16/2012

The Cuban Missile Misunderstanding: How cultural misreadings almost led to global annihilation

Both Kennedy and Khrushchev assumed the other shared his own priorities and worldview, contributing to the Cold War episode in ways we didn't understand until 25 years later.

By Max Fisher  |  03:29 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cold War, Cold War legacies, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/16/2012

The presidential debates: The unspoken assumptions behind the foreign policy topics

Of the six debate topics on Oct. 22, why are four about national security and none about economics? Three Middle East and no Europe?

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/16/2012

Who counts as al-Qaeda?

A revealing domestic debate about whether or not the Benghazi attackers qualify as members of the group.

By Max Fisher  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden, Libya, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/16/2012

The very, very slow thaw of the half-century U.S.-Cuba standoff

The communist nation will ease travel restrictions, another small step toward normalization.

By Max Fisher  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cold War legacies, Cuba, Immigration, U.S. Foreign Policy