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U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have tea in the garden at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Jan 25, 2015 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza).
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

The Realist Prism

With No-Show in Paris, Obama Remains in Reactive Mode

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The Obama administration’s failure to send a high-level representative to the Paris unity march is being described by some as a gaffe. The decision process on this issue suggests that the administration remains in reactive mode, sticking to established plans rather than adapting to new circumstances. more

Global Insights

Calling Russia’s Bluff on Iran Nuclear Talks

By Richard Weitz
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Despite fears to the contrary, a meeting yesterday between high-level Russian and Iranian officials produced no shift in Russia’s stance on Iran’s nuclear program. The lack of drama is yet another welcome sign that Russian threats to abandon the U.S. on the Iranian nuclear issue are mostly bluff. more