Susan Rice at the NSC

by Robert E. Hunter Turnover in top US foreign policy and national security jobs can often be a “good thing” — for the nation and the world. New brooms at least start out with a different look at the world,… Continue Reading  

Rice Replaces Donilon as Obama’s Top Foreign Policy Adviser

by Jim Lobe via IPS News In a reshuffle of top foreign policy posts in his second term, U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday announced that his controversial and blunt-spoken U.N. ambassador, Susan Rice, will replace Tom Donilon as his national… Continue Reading  

U.S. “Rebalancing” to Asia/Pacific Still a Priority

by Jim Lobe via IPS News Amidst growing tensions with North Korea and, to a lesser extent, China, the White House Monday insisted that its “re-balancing” toward the Asia/Pacific remained on track and that Washington is fully committed to its… Continue Reading  

Warning From the Holding Company

This post originally appeared at Souciant. Martin Dempsey is not a popular man in the halls of the Israeli Prime Minister’s office these days. The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff incurred the wrath of Benjamin Netanyahu by… Continue Reading  

Three Observations from Tom Donilon’s Brookings Speech

On November 22, Thomas Donilon, the National Security Advisor for the Obama Administration and by some accounts the President’s foreign policy guru delivered what was considered a seminal speech at the Brookings Institute on the administration’s Iran policy. The rationale for the… Continue Reading