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January 12, 2009

Iran
Obama Must Take Regional Approach on Gaza Violence

Martin S. Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, says incoming President Barack Obama cannot solve the problems in the Gaza Strip unless he takes a broad approach that includes diplomacy with Ira…

August 12, 2009

Food and Water Security
Obama’s Food Security Initiative in Africa

CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett says President Barack Obama’s agriculture development and food security initiative holds promise, but it must focus on how to assist women, who are responsible for th…

April 6, 2009

Europe and Eurasia
’A Very Good Week’ in Europe for President Obama

Europe expert Charles A. Kupchan says that President Barack Obama’s trip to Europe "went as well as could be expected" in light of some of the policy differences that became clear ahead of his depart…

March 18, 2013

Israel
The Meaning of Obama’s Mideast Trip

President Obama travels to Israel to deliver a message of reassurance on the alliance, but will be meeting a new government divided on the Palestinian peace process, says CFR’s Robert Danin.

December 18, 2008

Heads of State and Government
Europeans Await ’President’ Obama With Some Nervousness

European affairs analyst William Drozdiak says Barack Obama’s administration will lead Washington to demand from Europe more troops for Afghanistan, a coordinated economic stimulus package, and help …

December 17, 2008

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Iran Uncertain About Obama’s Intentions

Gareth Porter, a veteran journalist and historian just returned from Iran, says early optimism that President-elect Barack Obama would open a new dialogue with Iran has dissipated.

April 19, 2010

Israel
Time for an Obama Trip to Israel?

President Obama sees the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a national security issue. But badly strained U.S.-Israeli relations mean progress is unlikely unless Obama travels to Israel on a trust-build…

December 5, 2008

Middle East and North Africa
’Tremendous Expectations’ for President Obama in Middle East

Scott Lasensky, a Middle East expert, says the new U.S. administration should listen carefully to voices from the Middle East and that President Barack Obama’s first speeches will be scrutinized for …

March 10, 2011

United States
Obama’s Guantanamo Shift

With his new executive order on Guantanamo, President Obama acknowledges that the controversial detention center will remain open for some time, says CFR’s Matthew Waxman, but provides improved prote…

July 1, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
’Critical’ Moment for Obama, Netanyahu

The latest meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama is crucial in coordinating how to avert a September breakdown in the Mideast peace process, says CFR’s Robert Danin.