Foreign Policy

3:11am

Thu May 29, 2014
It's All Politics

More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 10:13 am

President Obama and superintendent of the Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., take the Pledge of Allegiance at the West Point graduation ceremony on Wednesday. In an interview with NPR, President Obama said U.S. foreign policy should focus more on diplomatic efforts than on large-scale military operations.
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In an interview with NPR, President Obama says now is an appropriate time to step up aid to moderate Syrian rebels. But most of his foreign policy aims are geared toward expanding diplomatic efforts in a host of regional disputes.

Obama has come under fire from critics who say he has failed to show American leadership on issues ranging from Syria's civil war to Ukraine's crisis to China's growing clout in Asia.

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5:50am

Wed January 29, 2014
It's All Politics

Inside The State Of The Union: What The President Proposed

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 10:49 am

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.
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After a long spell of partisan trench warfare and gridlock, President Obama called for "a year of action" Tuesday as he focused on themes that are central to his second-term agenda. The changes he proposed in his annual State of the Union speech were relatively modest, but flashes of ambition showed in his promise to move forward, with or without Congress, to address issues of income inequality.

Here's what President Obama proposed on the policy front:

Minimum Wage

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2:47pm

Sat May 25, 2013
Politics

Week In News: Obama's Foreign Policy Pitch

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 3:39 pm

Transcript

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden.

Coming up, a novel of village life amid the daily violence of war-torn Chechnya. But first, President Obama sets a new course in the war on terror.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end.

LYDEN: James Fallows of The Atlantic joins us, as he does most Saturdays. Hi there, Jim.

JAMES FALLOWS: Hello, Jacki.

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9:48am

Thu May 23, 2013
Politics

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama Speaks On Drones, Guantanamo

Screencap of President Obama as he speaks from the National Defense University, May 23, 2013
White House YouTube

1:53am

Tue April 16, 2013
Author Interviews

Is The United States A 'Dispensable Nation'?

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 12:04 pm

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In The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy In Retreat, former State Department adviser Vali Nasr describes veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke being all but frozen out by President Obama's inner circle, for whom Nasr believes diplomacy was a "lost art."

Instead of engaging civilians to find political solutions in Afghanistan and beyond, they would look first to the military and intelligence agencies for solutions that were politically popular — that includes getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.

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