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U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner announces he has asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress but that he did not consult the White House, Washington, Jan. 21, 2015 (AP photo by J. Scott Applewhite).
Strategic Horizons

Netanyahu Stunt Distracts From Congress’ Proper Foreign Policy Role

By Steven Metz
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In a breach of tradition, the U.S. Congress invited the Israeli prime minister to address it in order to challenge President Barack Obama’s negotiations with Iran. Sadly, this is only the latest example of the failure of Congress and the White House to work together on national security. more


The Realist Prism

India Visit Successful, but Will Obama Follow Through?

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s just-concluded trip to New Delhi and his meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed that both leaders are interested in getting the relationship right. The question is whether Obama will now be able to turn a successful visit into sustained engagement. more

Global Insights

Bond With Modi Helps Obama’s India Visit Exceed Expectations

By Richard Weitz
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Though Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States last year yielded few concrete results, it created a personal rapport between him and U.S. President Barack Obama. This week, that bond helped the two overcome obstacles in the bilateral relationship to achieve progress in important areas. more

Global Insights

In State of the Union, Obama Should Not Forget Asia

By Richard Weitz
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What little time U.S. President Barack Obama devotes to foreign policy issues in tonight’s State of the Union speech will probably focus on the Middle East, Russia and Cuba. While these are important, Obama’s ability to leave behind a major foreign policy legacy is probably greatest in the Asia-Pacific region. more

Strategic Horizons

The Paris Attacks and the Logic of Insurgency

By Steven Metz
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To understand last week’s horrific terrorist attacks in Paris first requires understanding the core logic of insurgency. Because insurgents are weaker than the government, they need help from the other side, even if it is unintentional. Whoever planned the Paris attacks is counting on this. more

World Citizen

In Bitter Irony, Jihadi Women Serve as Useful Propaganda

By Frida Ghitis
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When French officials announced they were searching for a woman as an accomplice in the attacks on a Jewish grocery store in Paris, many shook their heads. How was it possible that a woman born and raised in the West could be committed to an extremist ideology that is hostile to women? more