Obama Administration

US Navy crew man machine-guns as they stand aboard a Riverine Command Boat off the coast of Bahrain's Salman port, near Manama, on May 12, 2013, one day before the start of the biggest exercise of mine countermeasure maneuvers in the Arabian Gulf. The US Navy along with other 40 nations are conducting the games. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANI        (Photo credit should read MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Officer in Persian Gulf Snafu Allowed To Stay In Navy, Panel Rules

The skipper of two riverine boats captured by Iran last year will get to remain in the Navy after all. A naval administrative board rejected a request from commanders to force him out of the service.

António Guterres attends a press conference presenting the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre report in Geneva on May 14, 2014. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Big Powers Clip U.N. Secretary-General’s Wings

In an early challenge to António Guterres' independence, the United States and other veto-wielding powers insist on filling U.N. jobs with their own picks.


Obama Can Strike One Last Iran Deal

The fate of two Americans detained in Iran's notorious Evin Prison could hinge on the final days of the Obama administration.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01:  Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on October 1, 2015 in New York City. Netanyahu spoke at length about the nuclear deal with Iran. World leaders gathered for the 70th session of the annual meeting.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Bibi’s Revenge at U.N. Risks Israel’s Bid for Security Council Seat

Israel’s dream of a seat on the 15-nation body is dimming as Netanyahu retaliates against countries that opposed settlement expansion.


President Trump and the Art of the ‘Ultimate’ Israel-Palestine Peace Deal

The two-state solution is not lost for the incoming administration. But Trump will have to pick his battles on settlements wisely.

TOPSHOT - soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) celebrate while standing in trenches in Lelo, outside Malakal, northern South Sudan, on October 16, 2016.  
Heavy fighting broke out on Ocotober 14 between SPLA (Government) and opposition forces in Wajwok and Lalo villages, outside Malakal. SPLA commanders claim they succeeded to keep their positions and assure their forces just responded "on self defence". / AFP / Albert Gonzalez Farran        (Photo credit should read ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Push to Halt Genocide in South Sudan Unravels at United Nations

The Security Council is balking at an arms embargo that is too little, too late for the world’s youngest nation.

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. Scraps Plan to Punish Syria for Using Chemical Weapons

With an assist from Moscow, Damascus could dodge sanctions for gassing its own people.

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 04:  Four F-16's, 310th FS, "Top Hats"  fly over during the national anthem before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 4, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Blob Is Back: The Revenge of the Syria Hawks

With Obama leaving, Washington’s foreign-policy brain trust sees a fresh opportunity to take the fight to Assad.

IDLIB, SYRIA - APRIL 17: A Syrian man receives treatment at the Sarmin field hospital following a suspected chlorine gas attack by Asad regime forces in Idlib, Syria on April 17, 2015. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

U.S. Pushing for International Action to Destroy Syria’s Chlorine Stocks, Barrel Bombs

The Obama administration wants to censure Syria with international support it is rallying through the global watchdog on chemical weapons.

Supporters of the Al Nusra Front take part in a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the international coalition in Aleppo on September 26, 2014. The US struck a little-known group called "Khorasan" on September 24, but experts and activists argue it actually struck Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, which fights alongside Syrian rebels. AFP PHOTO/ Fadi al-Halabi        (Photo credit should read Fadi al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)

How Failed Peace Talks in Syria Help Al Qaeda

If the West can’t deliver for Syria’s mainstream rebels, maybe al Qaeda will.


Obama’s Syria Strategy Is the Definition of Insanity

Another ceasefire is in tatters. But America keeps reaching out to Russia while expecting a different result.

US President Barack Obama shows the way to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit September 21, 2011 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Dinner, Drinks, and a Near-Fatal Ambush for U.S. Diplomats

President Salva Kiir has been feted by the White House. So why are his goons trying to kill American officials in South Sudan?

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14:  A woman walks along the United Nations (UN)  hallway before a meeting with candidates vying for the position of  secretary-general on April 14, 2016 in New York City.  At least eight candidates are running for the office - four men and four women. A woman selection would be the first for the UN. One top canadiate is former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.  (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

So, You Want to Be U.N. Secretary-General?

The Security Council is about to start winnowing down the cluttered slate of aspirants for the top U.N. job.

In this photograph taken on November 3, 2015, Afghan Taliban fighters listen to Mullah Mohammad Rasool Akhund (unseen), the newly appointed leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban, at Bakwah in the western province of Farah.  A breakaway faction of the Taliban has appointed its own leader in the first formal split in the Afghan militant movement under new head Mullah Mansour, posing a fresh hurdle to potential peace talks. Mullah Rasool was named the leader of the faction in a mass gathering of dissident fighters this week in the remote southwestern province of Farah, according to an AFP reporter who attended the meeting. AFP PHOTO / Javed Tanveer        (Photo credit should read JAVED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images)

Exclusive: Iran Teams With Taliban to Fight Islamic State in Afghanistan

Tehran and the Taliban have been at each other's throats for decades, but the Islamic State's rise has the two historical enemies teaming up like never before.


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.


White House Spin Doctor Tries to Unspin Situation He Spun Himself Into

Ben Rhodes is trying to untangle a web that he has spun for himself.

epa01864058 A handout picture released by Iraqi Prime Minister Office shows US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Iraqi Prime Minsietr Nouri al-Maliki (R) during a press conference after their meeting, in Baghdad, Iraq on 16 September 2009.   / HANDOUT

Joe Biden Didn’t Lose Iraq

The veep may have poor timing, but when it comes to Iraq, he's the only one in the Obama administration trying to save it.


Is Jim Kim Destroying the World Bank — or Saving it From Itself?

The good doctor Kim is out to salvage the bank's global relevance. But his radical reforms have critics calling for his head.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - APRIL 21:  US President Barack Obama (L), King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) and King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (R) are seen as they take part in a family photo during US - Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 21, 2016. (Photo by Pool / Bandar Algaloud/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deep Rifts With Saudi Arabia Overshadow Obama’s Trip

President Barack Obama tried his best to paper over differences between his administration and Saudi Arabia as he concluded a two-day summit in Riyadh with the heads of six Persian Gulf countries.

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reviews troops upon his arrival at Houari-Boumediene International Airport on June 25, 2014 in Algiers. Sisi arrived in Algeria for his first trip abroad since being elected in May and he is expected to meet President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, notably to discuss ways of "promoting the brotherly relations and cooperation that exist between the two countries and on issues linked to the situation in the Arab world and Africa".      AFP PHOTO/FAROUK BATICHE        (Photo credit should read FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt Extends Campaign Against Dissent to Turtle Bay

From Burundi to Syria, the lone Arab member of the U.N. Security Council is sparking concerns that it’s working to weaken international human rights norms.