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February 19, 1988 | ROBERT E. HUNTER, Robert E. Hunter is the director of European studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington
When Congress defeated further funding for the Nicaraguan Contras, the post-Reagan era in U.S. foreign policy began. The President can no longer prevail on such a controversial matter of war and peace. But this is not the only indication of a new age. In fact, controversy over Central America deviates from an unusual degree of comity in U.S. foreign policy.
March 9, 2014 | Doyle McManus
When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, one of his selling points was the promise of a more modest foreign policy than that of his predecessor. And when Obama won reelection 16 months ago, he renewed that pledge. Drone strikes against Al Qaeda would continue, and Navy visits to the South China Sea would increase, but the U.S. footprint around the world was being resolutely downsized. Mitt Romney warned at the time that Obama wasn't being tough enough on Vladimir Putin, but the president scoffed at the idea that Russia was a serious geopolitical threat.
May 28, 1993 | SERGIO MUNOZ, Sergio Munoz is a senior fellow at the Center for the New West and a Times contributing editor.
First, there was a piece in the last issue of Foreign Affairs quarterly that provocatively advanced the need for a California foreign policy that would allow the state to independently pursue its interests abroad. Then, in April, came two conferences, one in Los Angeles and one in La Jolla, in which experts, including many from the East Coast Establishment, debated the changing nature of U.S.
March 2, 2014 | By Paul Richter, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - When President Obama surveyed foreign priorities in his State of the Union speech, Iran topped the list, along with Mideast peace and the administration's shift of attention to East Asia. Europe got only glancing mention, with nothing about threats to its security. Suddenly, Russian troop movements in Ukraine, which U.S. officials now are calling an invasion, have shuffled the president's foreign policy priorities and set up what Nicholas Burns, a former undersecretary of state, called “the most difficult international crisis of his presidency.” “This goes directly to vital American interests,” said Burns, who has worked for presidents of both parties.
October 20, 1996 | Robert A. Manning and Robert A. Manning, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, was a State Department policy advisor from 1989-93
It may be difficult to avoid the appearance of influence peddling. But have large contributions from wealthy Asians to the Democratic Party altered U.S. foreign policy to their country's benefit, as the GOP is charging? Not really. Instead, it's influence peddling on the margins of the U.S.-Indonesia relationship. You don't have to accept Republicans' feigned shock! shock!
January 12, 1992 | Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips, publisher of the American Political Report, is author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor" (Random House)
President George Bush's embarrassing trip to the Far East has raised a possibility unimaginable nine months ago in the victorious flush of the Gulf War--that U.S. foreign policy is starting to become a shambles like U.S. economic policy--and could cost Bush and the GOP a critical 1992 political credential. It's hard to overstate the importance.
December 27, 1998 | Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg is author of "Judging the State," a study of constitutional politics in Pakistan. She was in Islamabad earlier this year
Although proverbial Washington insiders insist that high-level visits drive decisions, proverbs have their limits. The visit of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Washington earlier this month at best corrected some errors of history and policy. But until both countries change their ways of thinking and acting, they remain locked in a loveless embrace that has done disservice to Pakistanis and their neighbors for decades.
April 4, 1999 | Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of "Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in Transition."
The Bay of Pigs and the Fall of Saigon: Until last week, those were the two worst U.S. foreign-policy flops since the end of World War II. Now the Rape of Kosovo threatens to join this exclusive club. It is hard to imagine a more public, more humiliating foreign-policy failure.
May 20, 1990 | Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead is the author of "Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in Transition" (Houghton Mifflin). He interviewed the congressman in his Capitol Hill office
Rep. Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri is no stranger to controversy. As a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, he staked out a get-tough policy on foreign trade that won him fervent admirers--and caustic critics. Gephardt's call for tough penalties against countries that violate U.S. standards of fair trade was denounced as protectionist by many economists in the United States and abroad.
February 26, 2009 | Lauren Wiseman
William Jorden, a former New York Times reporter who became a State Department specialist on the Vietnam War as well as U.S. ambassador to Panama, and who wrote a definitive account of the 1978 Panama Canal treaty negotiations, died of lung cancer Friday at a nursing care facility in New Bedford, Mass. He was 85. Jorden joined the New York Times in 1952 and reported from Japan and Korea.
February 16, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948 says, "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. " But, like other rights enshrined in that declaration, religious freedom is widely violated around the world. Is that any of the business of the United States? President Obama thinks so, and he's right. Before the most receptive audience imaginable - a National Prayer Breakfast - Obama recently insisted that "promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy.
June 24, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
I hate to say this. Well, maybe I don't. It appears that Edward Snowden, the 30-year-old computer analyst hiding in broad daylight, has managed not only to throw a wrench into U.S. foreign policy but also to outfox the very national security apparatus whose overreach he warned against. It's pretty astonishing that our government can figure out a way to vacuum up our every phone call, email and text message but can't get its hands on Snowden, who left Hong Kong for Russia on Sunday, and may be there still, as he figures out how to make his way to what he has (inexplicably)
May 16, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Writer-director Michael Singh's documentary "Valentino's Ghost" connects the United States' Middle East foreign policy agenda to the American media's often negative portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. It's a provocative, absorbing - and at times dicey - study. Using film and TV clips plus archival news footage, the India-born Singh ambitiously tracks the on-screen depiction of Arabs starting in the 1920s when Rudolph Valentino melted hearts as "The Sheik" and Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckled his way through "The Thief of Bagdad.
February 28, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
FT. MEADE, Md. - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to sending huge digital archives of secret U.S. military and diplomatic records to the WikiLeaks website, saying he was motivated by a U.S. foreign policy "obsessed with killing and capturing people. " Manning, 25, sat erect in dress blues beside his lawyers in a military courtroom and read aloud for more than an hour - slowly but sometimes stumbling over his words - from a 35-page, handwritten statement that described his personal angst over America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
April 25, 2012 | By Marco Rubio
The United States cannot afford to keep putting Latin America on the back burner as it focuses the bulk of its attention on Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The Western Hemisphere holds significant strategic interest for the U.S. - as well as enormous promise. Efforts should be focused in four key areas: building a democratic movement, enhancing trade and economic ties, cooperating on energy issues and building and strengthening security alliances. It's no coincidence that increased prosperity has followed in the wake of stronger democratic institutions in Latin America.
November 20, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Ron Paul is polling in the top tier of the Republican field in key states like Iowa, but has largely been out of the national conversation that's focused on fleeting moments for other surging candidates. But on Sunday he was put on the defensive for past statements linking U.S. foreign policy to the attacks of 9/11. The Texas congressman, appearing on CBS' "Face The Nation," contended that he was just stating indisputable fact. "I think there's an influence. And that's exactly what, you know, the 9/11 commission said.
September 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An outspoken Moroccan prince said U.S. foreign policy was behind this month's attacks, the first such public criticism by a member of the royal family since the attacks that killed thousands. In an analysis published in the Moroccan daily Al Alam, Moulay Hicham al Aloui, 37, said assaults by radical Islamists across the world were mainly because of the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The political establishment in staunch U.S.
February 14, 1995 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The strongest currents of isolationist sentiment in half a century are washing across the country and the Congress, and they are threatening to sweep away a 50-year tradition of activist U.S. foreign policy. President Clinton's inability to win congressional support for his first package of emergency aid to Mexico alarmed both the Administration and foreign governments.
July 5, 2011 | By Max Boot
The signature line of President Obama's June 22 Afghanistan address was "America, it is time to focus on nation-building here at home. " This no doubt resonates among an electorate sick of foreign wars and eager to focus on domestic problems, but it is a wrongheaded statement. Whenever America has eschewed commitments abroad and turned inward, the results have been disastrous. The most isolationist decade in the country's history — the 1930s — was followed by World War II. The "Come Home, America" isolationism of the 1970s was followed by the fall of South Vietnam, the genocide in Cambodia, the Iranian hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
June 28, 2011 | By Andrew J. Bacevich
At periodic intervals, the American body politic has shown a marked susceptibility to messianic fevers. Whenever an especially acute attack occurs, a sort of delirium ensues, manifesting itself in delusions of grandeur and demented behavior. By the time the condition passes and a semblance of health is restored, recollection of what occurred during the interval of illness tends to be hazy. What happened? How'd we get here? Most Americans prefer not to dwell on the questions. Feeling much better now!
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