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.
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.
Trump Agrees to More Intel Briefings … Just Not Every Day
Plus, a brief history of the president's daily briefs.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.