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February 28, 2006

Grand Strategy
White: Time to Set a 2008 Date for U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Wayne White, who was the State Department’s top intelligence analyst on Iraq from 2003-2005, says he is “very gloomy” about the situation in Iraq, and advocates that the United States set a “date cer…

April 11, 2011

Political Movements
Tumultuous Middle East, Timid White House

Tunisia’s abolition of the secret police and ruling party--and its ending of censorship--make it the model for change in a turbulent region where the White House has been too timid in supporting prot…

February 13, 2014

France
Why Franco-American Ties Matter

President Hollande’s state visit was an attempted boost for the United States’ lead EU security partner and a sign of a more activist foreign policy in the White House, says CFR’s Charles Kupchan.

February 17, 2010

Tibet
U.S.-China: Dalai Lama Drama

Tensions over the first visit of the Dalai Lama to the Obama White House indicate China’s mounting domestic concerns even as it exercises growing global clout, says Tibet expert Robert Barnett.

May 10, 2012

United States
Obama and the Laws of War

Targeted killings are up in Yemen and military trials have resumed in Guantanamo. CFR’s Matthew Waxman assesses the White House’s evolving legal basis for its war on al-Qaeda.

November 12, 2008

United States
Presidents and the National Security Council

President-elect Barack Obama assembles his national security team at a time when responsibility for foreign policymaking has shifted increasingly to the White House, says Carnegie Endowment scholar D…

November 3, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
More Afghan Troops Needed to Secure Afghanistan

As the Obama administration assesses American troop numbers in Afghanistan, the senior U.S. Army general training Afghan security forces says the White House should also double the size of the Afghan…

August 1, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
What to Expect at the U.S.-Africa Summit

With the White House set to host some fifty heads of state for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Jendayi Frazer discusses major items on the summit’s agenda.

May 6, 2013

South Korea
The U.S.-Korea Embrace

In their first White House meeting on Tuesday, Presidents Obama and Park will likely seek to reassert the long-standing security and economic relationship between the United States and South Korea, s…

October 2, 2013

United States
How the Shutdown Weakens U.S. Foreign Policy

The U.S. government shutdown raises troubling questions about American predictability and feeds doubts about the ability of Congress to be a partner with the White House on foreign policy, says Richa…