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October 3, 2022

United States
Elections, Violence, and the Future of American Democracy

Violence during the election season undermines the United States’ democracy, its relationship with allies, and its strength against adversaries.

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March 1, 2009

South Korea
Korean Hopes for U.S. Leadership Under Barack Obama

Lee Hong-koo is former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (1994-1995), a trustee to The Asia Foundation and Chairman of Friends of The Asia Foundation/Korea. History will record November 2008 a…

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March 27, 2013

United States
Between Barack, Bibi, and Tayyip

There has been much ink spilled in the last week over the rapprochement between Israel and Turkey.  I have been somewhat reluctant to weigh-in if only because I was fairly certain that reconciliation…

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July 8, 2022

Japan
Japan's Shocking Loss

Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was assassinated on July 8.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan.

December 4, 2020

Americas
Biden Can’t Pick Up in Latin America Where Obama Left Off

Four years of malign U.S. neglect and continental upheaval will require a rethink of U.S. policy.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020.

January 18, 2013

Politics and Government
The World Next Week: Barack Obama Is Inaugurated, Shinzo Abe Visits Southeast Asia, and Israel and Jordan Vote

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Obama’s second inauguration; Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s tour of Southeast Asia; and next week’s elections in Israel and Jordan…

The U.S. Capitol prepares for President Obama's second inauguration with a dress rehearsal on January 13, 2013 (Mike Theiler/Courtesy Reuters).

April 26, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
Obama, the EU, Brexit, and Syria

President Obama has been in Europe this week. In the U.K., he told the Brits not to think of leaving the E.U. In Germany, he said that   So this is a defining moment. And what happens on this c…

March 10, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Obama’s Trip to Latin America

Between March 19 and 23, President Obama will take his first foreign trip this year – and his first ever to South America.

A shaman performs a ritual in front of a photograph of President Barack Obama in Lima.

April 29, 2016

United States
Obama and Brexit

I’ve written before about the mistake the President made by intervening in the decision British citizens must make in June about leaving the EU. But in addition to questioning the wisdom, one might w…

August 25, 2015

Middle East and North Africa
"Pantomime of Outrage:" Obama and Syria

I’ve called attention to the writings on Syria of Amb. Fred Hof in several blog posts (here’s one). Hof, after a career in the U.S. Army, became the State Department’s resident expert on Syria and th…