The State of the Union

Questions arise about the president’s annual address to Congress next week. Except for possibly fast-track trade legislation and the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Obama will likely not try to persuade the law makers to support his foreign policies. Domestic priorities, therefore, should dominate his agenda – education, climate change, tax reform, job growth, and the like. But, like his Cuba policy shift, he could surprise us.January 16, 2015

A Lame Duck

In spite of all the recent chatter about bipartisan cooperation between the two branches, lame duck presidents tend to use their advantages in making foreign policies unimpeded by pursuing that path. Expectations are that he will make sufficient concessions over the terms of an Iran deal to get Tehran to yes and prevent Congress from going no. January 16, 2015

A Forgotten and Important Article

January 14, 2015

Shibley Telhami wrote an article last March in Foreign Policy magazine that did not, but should have, gotten more prominence. The relations between Israel and the United States play a huge role in both country's domestic and foreign policy. His analysis highlights what could become a top issue between these two partners.  ...more

The Senate's Gift to ISIS: Sanctions on Iran

January 15, 2015

The Islamic State has many enemies and very few friends. But sometimes, even declared enemies of the Caliphate (or ISIS) can lend it a helping hand. That is essentially what is happening now as Senators Mark Kirk and Bob Menendez push to undermine the nuclear talks with Iran -- a key adversary of ISIS....more

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