Wednesday marks Barack Obama's 100th day in office. Worldfocus contributing blogger Juan Cole takes a look at how the president has fared in the Middle East, where Obama has attempted to change the tone of U.S. foreign policy -- but not necessarily the substance.
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After the Taliban briefly gained control of Pakistan's Buner district last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded bluntly, saying "I think that the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and to the extremists." Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner weighs the pros and cons of this loud and public warning to a U.S. ally.
Turkey and Armenia have worked out a framework to normalize relations, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday. The announcement comes just before Armenia commemorates the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks between 1915-1917 -- a long source of tension between the neighboring countries.
Alon Ben-Meir of New York University discusses what's behind the shift in Israel's approach to peace negotiations and the challenges it presents for the Obama administration and the Palestinians.
Rodolfo de la Garza of Columbia University discusses Barack Obama's visit to Mexico, where he focused on the issue of drug violence. Some in Mexico blame the drug problem on America's appetite for illegal drugs and its gun laws.
U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to venture to Mexico on Thursday for talks with President Felipe Calderon. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner argues that unless political leaders are willing to commit to real change and take the resulting flak, it will be impossible to alleviate Mexico's drug problem.
Following the announcement that some restrictions on travel and commerce will be eased between the United States and Cuba, Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner discusses how these changes will impact the average Cuban, if more changes on the part of the U.S. are expected and if the U.S. will ask the Cuban government for changes.
To get Iran to come to the negotiating table for talks on its nuclear program, the United States is proposing a shift in strategy, including possibly dropping the requirement that Tehran shut down its nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations. David Sanger of The New York Times discusses the implications of this potential shift in U.S. policy.