The Candidate Our Foreign Policy Deserves

The Candidate Our Foreign Policy Deserves

It’s often said that, in democracies, we get the leaders that we deserve. In the current slugfest masquerading as a presidential race, it looks as though we’re getting the leader that our foreign policy deserves. The results of the first round of the 2016 presidential...
How Will the Candidates Tax the Rich?

How Will the Candidates Tax the Rich?

With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary right around the corner and the debates finished up, the Democratic primary appears neck and neck as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton jostle for support in key early states. They have each put forward detailed tax...

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President?

In fairy tales, the hero makes a wish. After a few trials, the wish comes true, and everyone lives happily ever after. But only in this Disney version of fairy tales is wish fulfillment so straightforward. In Goethe’s modern fairy tale, a scholar dreams of knowledge...
What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

Hillary Clinton is wrong about Edward Snowden. Again. The presidential candidate and former secretary of state insisted during the recent Democratic debate that Snowden should have remained in the United States to voice his concerns about government spying on U.S....
The Insult Generator

The Insult Generator

It’s apology season on the campaign trail. After months of botched damage control, Hillary Clinton did what she needed to do when her bureaucratic scandal first erupted. The leading Democratic presidential candidate said she was sorry she didn’t use an official...
After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders

After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders

Last week, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton gave a major foreign policy speechthat provided a glimpse of one possible post-Obama future. In many ways, it was not a pretty picture. But let’s first look at the good points. Clinton endorsed the Iran deal...
Candidates Stop Saying ‘Middle Class’

Candidates Stop Saying ‘Middle Class’

Presidential candidates are getting creative when it comes to describing the middle class, according to The New York Times. Why? Because the middle class in America is shrinking. As a result, the term no longer connotes aspirational, feel-good emotions. Long...
Obama’s Triple Crown

Obama’s Triple Crown

It was only a couple years ago that I was bemoaning Obama’s failure to fulfill his promise to resolve major confrontations in the world diplomatically. “Smart power,” in the Obama lexicon, had largely been window dressing on the same old exercise of hard power — the...
It’s Not Easy for Obama to Prove He’s Green

It’s Not Easy for Obama to Prove He’s Green

  President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, recently boasted that his boss will “go down in history as the greenest president we’ve ever had.” Yes, cars, trucks, and buses will increasingly burn less fuel because of this White House. If the courts don’t...
Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment

Advice for Hillary Clinton on Her Brother’s Bad Judgment

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, is on the advisory board of a company that is trying to mine gold in Haiti. No one should be judged based on decisions made by family members, but here is why Hillary Clinton is in...
Hillary Clinton’s Real Scandal Is Honduras, Not Benghazi

Hillary Clinton’s Real Scandal Is Honduras, Not Benghazi

Is it too soon to predict who will be the next president of the United States? Without officially declaring her intention to run again, Hillary Clinton has cornered Democratic frontrunner status. Given the weak and crowded Republican field, that makes her the...
Affirming Somali Sovereignty

Affirming Somali Sovereignty

Somalia is, on paper, a sovereign state. But for the past two decades, beset by endless civil strife, secessionism, and regionalism, it has been anything but. The international community has acted as a de-facto caretaker of Somali affairs in the absence of a credible...
Reinforcing Washington’s Asia-Pacific Hegemony

Reinforcing Washington’s Asia-Pacific Hegemony

In the coming weeks and months, Foreign Policy in Focus will run weekly features on the Obama administration’s military “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region, examining both its geopolitical impacts and the response from regional civil society groups....