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?


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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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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.

REMOTE TRAINING FACILITY - MAY 25:  Navy SEALs practice Over The Beach evolutions during a training exercise May 25, 2004 in a Remote Training Facility. SEALs are known for their ability to meet the mission objective in a clandestine way. Navy SEALs are maritime special operations forces that strike from the sea, air and land. They operate in small numbers, infiltrating their objective areas by fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, Navy surface ships, combatant craft and submarines. SEALs have the ability to conduct a variety of high-risk missions, utilizing unconventional warfare, direct action, special reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, diversionary attacks and precision strikes.  (Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Logsdon/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

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.

Outgoing US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to the press at the Pentagon in Washington,DC on January 22, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

AT SEA - AUGUST 13:  In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a RIM-7P NATO Sea Sparrow Missile launches the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a stream raid shoot exercise on August 13, 2007 in the Pacific Ocean, At Sea. Lincoln's self-defense systems fired four Sea Sparrow missiles, engaging and destroying two BQM-74E turbojet-powered drone aircraft and a High-Speed Maneuvering Surface Threat (HSMST) remote controlled Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) during the event. Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA). (Photo by Jordon R. Beesley/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

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.

This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows the razor wire-topped fence and a watch tower at the abandoned "Camp X-Ray" detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014.   AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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.