Obama in the Middle East: Condominium Or Equilibrium?

by Jim Lobe In the last 48 or so hours, U.S. warplanes began bombing Islamic State (ISIS or IS) targets in and around Tikrit in support of the Iran-backed and Shi’a-led Iraqi government. At the same time, Washington provided unspecified… Continue Reading  

What Did Obama Really Say at West Point?

by Robert E. Hunter A supertanker sails a long way, they say, between the moment the helmsman sets a new course and the vessel fully responds. This was the task President Barack Obama took on this week, as he sought… Continue Reading  

Obama’s Middle East Scorecard

by Robert E. Hunter Viewed from the aerie of the Oval Office, US policy in the Middle East is much more pluses than minuses, and there is much to commend that view. President Barack Obama has successfully navigated the Ship… Continue Reading  

The US in the Middle East Today

by Charles Naas Not even a month in office, Secretary of State John Kerry took his first official trip to the troubled Middle East and immediately felt first-hand the pressures and metamorphosing power relationships in the region. He began his visit… Continue Reading  

Obama needs a Game-Changer on Iran

This was one of the most memorable lines from Barack Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention: “…the greatest risk we can take is to try the same, old politics with the same, old players and expect a… Continue Reading