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All Posts Tagged With: "Barack Obama"

In first 100 days, Obama changes tone toward Middle East

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In first 100 days, Obama changes tone toward Middle East

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.

Posted: April 29, 2009 09:47   Comments: 0
Whispered or shouted, Pakistan is cause for concern

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Whispered or shouted, Pakistan is cause for concern

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.

Posted: April 27, 2009 10:33   Comments: 0
Turkey, Armenia agree on road map to normalize ties

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Turkey, Armenia agree on road map to normalize ties

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.

Posted: April 23, 2009 16:05   Comments: 3
Israel demands progress on Iran before peace negotiations

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Israel demands progress on Iran before peace negotiations

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.

Posted: April 22, 2009 14:59   Comments: 12
Will action follow words after Americas summit?

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Will action follow words after Americas summit?

Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner writes about the significance of the Summit of the Americas over the weekend and provides some context for Obama's position on Cuba.

Posted: April 20, 2009 13:34   Comments: 3
Drug violence takes center stage on Obama visit to Mexico

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Drug violence takes center stage on Obama visit to Mexico

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.

Posted: April 16, 2009 15:17   Comments: 4
No room for optimism in Mexico’s war on drugs

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No room for optimism in Mexico’s war on drugs

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.

Posted: April 15, 2009 10:01   Comments: 4
U.S. lifts Cuban travel ban and commerce restrictions

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U.S. lifts Cuban travel ban and commerce restrictions

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.

Posted: April 14, 2009 15:23   Comments: 8
Iran and U.S. move closer to nuclear negotiations

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Iran and U.S. move closer to nuclear negotiations

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.

Posted: April 14, 2009 14:28   Comments: 1
U.S. and Egypt must mend ailing relationship

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U.S. and Egypt must mend ailing relationship

Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies examines the deteriorating relationship between the United States and Egypt and explores a better course for both countries.

Posted: April 14, 2009 09:54   Comments: 5

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