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Obama’s Record on Foreign Policy Is Incomplete

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 12:55 am (UTC-4)
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Although Obama wants people to remember the new relationships he’s opened, like those with Cuba and Iran, his legacy will inescapably include Iraq and Syria too.

Obama Can Make His Asia Pivot Endure

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 4:01 pm (UTC-4)
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Only steady, consistent engagement can overcome doubts about U.S. staying power. After some early stumbles, Obama has set a good precedent by committing the U.S. to several regional meetings, which should forge stronger bonds well into the future.

Unaccountable China

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 3:55 pm (UTC-4)
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… China has been engaged in the frenzied creation of artificial islands and the militarization of the South China Sea … a strategically crucial corridor through which $5.3 trillion in trade flows each year. But what is even more shocking … is that China has incurred no international costs for its behavior.

12 Nation Trans-Pacific Partnership Aims to Rebalance Global Economic Power

Posted October 7th, 2015 at 4:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Amid the din of news about Russia’s air strikes in Syria and the deadly – but mistaken – U.S. bombing of a charity hospital in Afghanistan came a quieter, but no less significant, change in the global landscape. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is touted by President Obama as a “21st century trade agreement” that brings together 12 nations, including the U.S. and Japan, in a far-reaching free trade deal. Central to the debate over its merits is China. Should China have been included? Or was it the right call to keep Beijing out?