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International reaction to the United States presidential election

All the President's Dreams

President Obama came to office promising a new era in international affairs. So far, he’s been big on rhetoric and has accomplished little. Obama’s inability to prioritize foreign policy risks destroying his presidency.

The Federalists Go to Brussels

The European Union’s potential for superpower status has been greatly exaggerated. Brussels has neither the stomach for the job, nor the united purpose to undertake it.

The Ascension

The creation of Barack Obama’s legacy will play out against three fundamental backdrops: America’s financial crisis; the ability to shore up the power of the United States; and the willingness of Joe Q. Public to spend blood and treasure beyond ou

The Big Ten: The Case for Pragmatic Idealism

James Baker endorsed Republican presidential hopeful John McCain today. In September, he gave his decalogue for foreign policy in The National Interest.

Transatlantic Troubles

America need not restore the bygone, comprehensive relationship with Europe to achieve its purposes.

Reforging the Atlantic Alliance

NATO is not dead or doomed, but the Allies should use the Prague Summit to assure its healthy future.


Obama's Shredded Foreign-Policy Playbook

The Obama Doctrine's pillars have all crumbled, replaced by one goal: avoiding disaster.

A Bad Plan for Obama

The New York Times' proposal for the president's second-term foreign policy combines wooly-headed idealism with half-baked ideas.

Ignoring Russia

Obama should have gone to Moscow’s Victory Day Parade. Small slights to Russia won’t help us get its cooperation on bigger issues like Iran.

Books & Reviews

Pax Californica

America has at times oriented itself to the East, at others to the West. But what we have always had is a sense of our manifest destiny. And now the ideals of California—nihilism with a suntan—seem to be our primary ideological export.

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April 20, 2014