President Barack Obama

MUNSTER, GERMANY - MARCH 05:  Workers in protective clothing unload a dummy grenade during a press day at the GEKA facility on March 5, 2014 in Munster, Germany. GEKA is federally-funded and its sole function is the destruction of chemical weapons from military arsenals. Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons last August and disposal, which is already underway on an American ship in the Mediterranean, is scheduled to be completed by June.  (Photo by Nigel Treblin/Getty Images)

U.S. Allies Slam Brakes on Obama’s Parting Blow at Putin

Obama wanted a showdown with Russia at the U.N. over Syria’s use of chemical weapons. But Europeans say not so fast.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 1: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama arrives to speak during a closing session at the Nuclear Security Summit April 1, 2016 in Washington, D.C. After a spate of terrorist attacks from Europe to Africa, Obama is rallying international support during the summit for an effort to keep Islamic State and similar groups from obtaining nuclear material and other weapons of mass destruction. (Photo By Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. Seeks to Scupper Proposed Ban on Nuclear Arms

The Obama administration once sought a nuclear-free world. Now it’s fighting a ban on those very weapons.

First Helmand, Then Afghanistan

A trip through the country’s beleaguered south reveals demoralized soldiers, corrupt local officials, and sweeping Taliban gains in previously peaceful towns. How did Obama’s “good war” go so wrong?

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The U.S. Helped Birth South Sudan. Now Americans Are Being Beaten and Targeted by Its Troops.

A brutal assault on American and other foreign aid workers in Juba marks a new low for a supposed U.S. ally and the state of U.N. peacekeeping.

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In Coup’s Aftermath, New Rifts Between U.S. and Turkey

Obama was quick to endorse Erdogan’s return to power, but the Turkish leader holds Washington partially responsible for the coup anyway.

Yemenis check the ruins of buildings destroyed in an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition on February 25, 2016 in the capital Sanaa.  / AFP / MOHAMMED HUWAIS        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Drone Release Is Big on Numbers, Short on Detail

The Obama administration finally releases an estimate of how many civilians were killed in its secret drone strikes. But rights groups say the true numbers are vastly higher.

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Ex-Generals March Into Campaign 2016’s Political Wars

Trump's rise has retired generals and admirals playing politics — and weighing races of their own — in ways that haven't been seen in decades.

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The Washington Insider Who Believes He’s an Outsider

What the profile of Ben Rhodes tells us about ego and politics inside the Obama administration.

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Is Obama Too Thoughtful for His Own Good?

In today’s complex, tumultuous world of global affairs, perhaps nuance and patience aren’t assets for an American president.

A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system drives during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin presides over a huge Victory Day parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet win over Nazi Germany, amid a Western boycott of the festivities over the Ukraine crisis. AFP PHOTO / POOL / HOST PHOTO AGENCY RIA NOVOSTI        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S.-Russia Tensions Jeopardize Effort to Lock Down Loose Nukes

Obama’s sparring with Putin is hampering the push to prevent nuclear terrorism — and even raising the risk of an accidental nuclear confrontation.

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Erdogan: Washington’s Closest Allies in Fight Against Islamic State Are Just as Bad as the Islamic State

The Turkish president maintains that the Kurdish militants receiving arms from the U.S. are terrorists — and that the West is wrong to see them any differently.

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Is Cuba Really a Triumph for Obama?

As his last year in office winds down, the president looks to cement his legacy by forging a new path in Latin America.

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Let the Judging of the Obama Administration Begin

From the Islamic State to Libya, from China to Putin, can the sitting U.S. president offer real perspective while he’s still inside the White House?

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Why Is the United States More Afraid of the Islamic State Than Russia?

It’s actually Putin and a rising Russia that pose the greater threat to world order. And that's something we need to acknowledge, for ourselves and our allies.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to supporters as he attends a caucus night gathering at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cruz Takes Iowa With Tough Talk While Clinton, Sanders Split Caucus Vote

Iowa voters embraced the GOP Texas senator and his pledges to carpet bomb the Islamic State, but Clinton’s gamble to hit Sanders by playing up her hawkish bona fides fell short with Democrats.

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