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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
With the Elephant Out of the Room, Republicans Turn to Other Targets
In the final debate before the pivotal Iowa caucus, Donald Trump’s rivals tried to make the most of his absence -- and to find ways of slowing Ted Cruz.
Exclusive: Chief of U.S. Commandos Warns Loose Lips Could Risk American Lives
A memo to Defense Secretary Ash Carter says that it’s time to put special ops back in the shadows.
Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me
In an exclusive interview, Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration micromanaged the Pentagon, stabbed him in the back on the way out — and still has no strategy for fixing Syria.
The U.S. Navy Wants to Show China Who’s Boss
In a growing military rivalry with Beijing, U.S. commanders are looking for new anti-ship missiles and rewriting their war-fighting doctrine in the Pacific.
To Close Guantánamo, Obama Will Have to Test the Limits of Presidential Power
The president took office promising to abandon George W. Bush’s policy of using executive orders to sidestep Congress. Now he’s doing the same.