President Obama

TOPSHOT - US President Barack Obama leaves after an event celebrating the Villanova Wildcats men's basketball 2016 NCAA championship win in the East Room of the White House May 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Barack Obama’s Shaky Legacy on Human Rights

For all his promises — and a Nobel Peace Prize — the Obama presidency delivered more hope than change.

TOPSHOT - A member of the Syrian pro-government forces stands amid heavily damaged buildings in Aleppo's 1070 district on November 8, 2016, after troops seized it from rebel fighters.
Syrian state media said government forces had advanced southwest of divided second city Aleppo, seizing the 1070 district from rebel forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor also reported the advance, saying it would allow government forces to protect areas already under their control on the southern outskirts of Aleppo.

 / AFP / GEORGES OURFALIAN        (Photo credit should read GEORGES OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria Will Stain Obama’s Legacy Forever

The arc of history is long, but it won't ever judge the president's Syria policy kindly.


Obama: Not Even the President Can Undo American Leadership

At his first post-election press conference, President Obama assured the press and public alike that Trump will find there is a difference between campaigning and governing.


Obama, Syria, and the Missed Opportunities of UNGA 2016

World leaders gathered in New York City to give speeches and discuss the world’s most pressing foreign-policy issues, but they neglected two of its biggest problems.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20, 2016  -- U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on Sept. 20, 2016. The 71st session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday opened its annual high-level General Debate at the UN headquarters in New York, with a focus on pushing for the world's sustainable development. (Xinhua/Wang Ying via Getty Images)

‘A Nation Ringed by Walls Would Only Imprison Itself’

In his final U.N. address, President Obama pleads with world leaders to keep global borders, markets, and minds open.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters on September 24, 2014 in New York City. The annual event brings political leaders from around the globe together to report on issues meet and look for solutions. This year's General Assembly has highlighted the problem of global warming and how countries need to strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Obama’s Farewell to a World Awash With Troubles

As they gather for a United Nations summit, global leaders are expected to fall short in tackling crises from migration to Syria.

A man wearing a gas mask takes part in a protest against the prospect of using Albania as a site for destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile in front of Albanian Embassy in Pristina on November 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ARMEND NIMANI        (Photo credit should read ARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Continues Hunt for Syria’s Elusive Nerve Agent

International inspectors find gaping holes in Syria’s chemical weapons declarations, raising concern that Assad may have hidden some of his deadliest warfare agents.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Back to Escuela With Trump and Obama

As Trump talks softly in Mexico, and Obama gets pranked in Asia, a quick run through the big international stories driving late-summer headlines.


The Future History of Obama’s Foreign Policy

In the coming decades, will the outgoing president’s foreign policy ultimately be remembered as a success or will it be overshadowed by what some would call his inability to act?

QUETTA, PAKISTAN - MAY 22 :  Wreckage of a destroyed vehicle in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was allegedly traveling in Noshki, Balochistan province is seen after it was hit by US drone on May 22, 2016.  According to reports a US drone attacked a vehicle said to be carrying Mullah Mansoor and his driver in Noshki, Balochistan province, Pakistan. (Photo by Barkat Tareen /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Obama Rolls the Dice With Killing of Taliban Chief

The drone strike in Pakistan shows the United States is betting on weakening the insurgency on the battlefield — not at the negotiating table.


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.

Bamford Drone Final Flat

Terrorists Have Drones Now. Thanks, Obama.

86 countries have drones, 19 of them armed. Now ISIS wants them too. Is it too late to stop the unmanned arms race?

LAREDO, TEXAS - JULY 23: Citizens watch as Republican Presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump leaves in his plane after his trip to the border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas. Trump's recent comments, calling some immigrants from Mexico as drug traffickers and rapists, have stirred up reactions on both sides of the aisle. Although fellow Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has denounced Trump's comments and his campaign in general, U.S. Senator from Texas Ted-Cruz has so far refused to bash his fellow Republican nominee. (Photo by Matthew Busch/Getty Images)

Obama: Trump’s Border Wall Plan Is Counterproductive. And Also Wacky and Half-Baked.

The Democratic president also slammed GOP hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz's immigration plans as "Draconian."


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.

BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN: A US F-15 E  from 492nd Squadron takes-off at the Bagram Air base in Parwan province, some 50 kms north of Kabul, 26 June 2007. The NATO force in Afghanistan said President Hamid Karzai was right to be angry about civilian casualties in its military operations, and it needed to improve the way it worked. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar Wants to Buy Dozens of U.S. Warplanes. Why Won’t Washington Sell Them?

The White House can’t decide whether to sign off on a multibillion-dollar arms deal with the Persian Gulf kingdom, a sometime ally that has close ties to Islamist militants and Iran.


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.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015 in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Obama was expected to lay out a broad agenda to address income inequality, making it easier for Americans to afford college education, and child care.  (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

The FP Guide to Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

Look for Obama to appeal for tolerance toward Syrian refugees and tout his diplomacy with Iran and Cuba as he tries to frame his foreign-policy record.