Tag Archives: Obama

How Social Media Can Draw the US into Foreign Interventions

When the 2011 Libyan civil war erupted, Twitter became a major instrument to air the rebels’ account of the conflict and present themselves internationally as a viable alternative to Moammar Gadhafi.

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The Draft US Nuclear Posture Review is Not as Crazy as it Sounds

The proposal of new, low-yield warheads seeks to convince adversaries that there is no step in the escalation ladder that the US would not be able to answer reciprocally.

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As Obama Makes Historic Visit, is Cuba Ready for Change?

Cuba has been reforming parts of its economy since 2008. Will the thaw in relations with its Cold War adversary and Obama's visit accelerate those changes?

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Obama’s Final State of the Union: Scholars React

The president's speech on Tuesday was nostalgic, forward-looking – and pretty disappointing, say some scholars.

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Obama: The Fairy-Tale President?

Obama's made a lot of Faustian bargains over the last seven years. But given his likely successors, what we got over the last two terms may be as good as it gets.

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What’s Really at Stake With the Iran Nuclear Deal

If the Iran nuclear deal eventually leads to a withdrawal of sanctions, the results will be increased Iranian supplies, forcing prices lower by some $10 per barrel. That could go a long way in changing the political structure of the Middle East, reducing West's dependency on its traditional allies in the region. Washington wants Iran positioned as a competitor to Russia for EU and Asian energy markets, and as a bulwark against Russian and Chinese expansion.

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Obama’s Good African Story to Tell

President Barack Obama historic address at the African Union headquarters on Tuesday was every bit as rousing as he intended it to be – inspiring yet cutting, easy-going yet contemporary. No bluster. Just Obama being Obamaesque.

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The Missing Piece in UN Sustainable Development Goals

As Obama travels to Africa, it's a reminder of how people and communities need to play a bigger role in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

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A Message for Pakistan

Obama’s second visit to India incensed and annoyed many in Pakistan. Obama snubbed us by not visiting Pakistan but our government continues to remain in a subservient mood, or at least this was how a number of observers and politicians interpreted the event. These emotive responses in Pakistan notwithstanding and regardless of the tangibles achieved, Obama’s New Delhi yatra carries several messages for Pakistan.

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US Boots on Ground in Middle East: How Many Are There?

Americans may reasonably ask if some Middle Eastern countries with estimated armies of around 3 million are unwilling or incapable of marshaling forces sufficient to defeat 30,000 ISIL fighters, why should America put “more boots on the ground”?

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