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The Timid Giant: the Retreating Drift of U.S. Foreign Policy under Barack Obama

December 7, 2016

By: Adam Evans Upon assuming office as President of the United States (U.S.) on 20 January 2009, Barack Obama inherited two undesirable bequeathments: at home, a tanking economy gripped by a recession; and abroad, a set of unpopular, bloody and seemingly unending military entanglements in Iraq and Afghanistan. The degree of success of Obama’s handling … Continue reading “The Timid Giant: the Retreating Drift of U.S. Foreign Policy under Barack Obama”


The Question of Limited Intervention in Syria: ‘And Then What?’

October 26, 2015

By: Alexander Decina Given the atrocities witnessed during the course of the Syrian civil war—be it the Bashar al-Assad regime’s use of barrel bombs or the depravity of the so-called Islamic State—it is hardly surprising to hear continued frustration at U.S. and Western inaction. Some have estimated the death toll to be higher than 250,000—a number … Continue reading “The Question of Limited Intervention in Syria: ‘And Then What?’”


Obama offers some humility; this can be a good thing

May 29, 2014

By Zachary Wolfraim: President Obama sought to outline a vision for US foreign policy in his commencement speech to West Point graduates on 28 May and once more highlighted the role of American leadership in global affairs.  While he noted that the US was the ‘indispensible nation’, the new dangers to the international system were … Continue reading “Obama offers some humility; this can be a good thing”


Drones series, Part IV. ‘May you die in a drone strike’: Yemen, AQAP and the US drone program

April 18, 2014

By Dr Victoria Fontan: Drones are slowly making their way into our modern lives. They can now deliver books, medical marijuana, or beer to sailors at sea. In the next few years, drones will dramatically change our lives. Farea al-Muslimi, a Yemeni youth activist, explains how they have already changed the social fabric of his … Continue reading “Drones series, Part IV. ‘May you die in a drone strike’: Yemen, AQAP and the US drone program”


Obama, NATO and the Brussels Response

March 28, 2014

By Zachary Wolfraim: Editor’s note: On Wednesday, March 26, US President Obama visited Brussels to recommit his position to the NATO alliance. This piece is a response by a former NATO consultant who attended the event. * This speech was initially meant to discuss the transatlantic relationship, events in the Ukraine conspired to turn the … Continue reading “Obama, NATO and the Brussels Response”


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