Politics and Strategy


Why Obama’s National Security Strategy Seems a Lot Like Bush’s

Author: Matthew C. Waxman

Matthew Waxman reviews Charlie Savage’s new book Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency. Waxman writes about the ways in which Savage explains the different styles, and yet remarkable continuity, in foreign policy between President Obama and his predecessor, President Bush. Waxman notes that Savage’s novel contribution is the way he not only demonstrates the surprising continuity in their two foreign policies but in explaining the cause of that continuity.


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Remarks by Assistant Secretary Russel: U.S.-Asia Policy Update

Daniel R. Russel, assistant secretary at the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, spoke at The Asia Society in New York City on November 4, 2015. He discussed the Obama administration's "rebalance to Asia," which includes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and developments in the region, such as maritime disputes and diplomatic meetings between leaders from China, Japan, and South Korea.

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5 Things That the President of Nigeria Can Do to Get His Country Back on Track

Author: Matthew Page
The Washington Post

President Muhammadu Buhari, who was inaugurated May 29, is the antithesis of the stereotypical Nigerian politician: incorruptible, soft-spoken, self-effacing and deliberate. He embraces the nickname “Baba Go-Slow and Steady.” Buhari’s unhurried style has its downsides, however: It took him an unprecedented four months to name a solid but unextraordinary cabinet.

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Op-ed by Secretary Kerry: U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changing World

Secretary of State John Kerry wrote an op-ed on Medium, "U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changing World," which discusses four areas where he sees global cooperation working: trade agreements, climate change negotiations, nuclear negotiations, and counterterrorism efforts. This op-ed is a summary of his speech at Indiana University.

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