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President Obama is laboring to defend not just the merits of a nuclear framework with Iran but how the finalization of such a pact would affect his ability to confront Tehran's growing influence.

Read the full Washington Examiner article After nuclear framework, will Obama be able to confront Iran?

Apr 07, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, United States

Japan, European countries, and the United States have a common interest in boosting United Nations peace operations. Japan has been a prominent supporter of a U.S. initiative to encourage participation in peacekeeping operations, but to date, Tokyo’s follow-up has been constructive but limited. For Tokyo and its allies, ensuring that the UN can handle today’s ugly crises is an unavoidable task.

Apr 03, 2015
Richard Gowan
East Asia, Europe, United States
United Nations

The U.S., Iran and other world powers reached a framework agreement, curbing Iran's nuclear program for at least 10 years. Joy Reid, Fred Kaplan, and James Traub discuss the historic achievement and the critical reaction to it.

Apr 03, 2015
James Traub
Middle East, United States

President Ghani’s trip to Washington this week is like pressing the reset button for Afghan-American ties. While the Obama administration is satisfied so far with his early performance, he faces an uphill battle at home.

Read the full Deutsche Welle article For Ghani wooing Washington is the easy part of his job

Apr 01, 2015
Barnett Rubin
Afghanistan

Relations between Israel and the US are at their most strained in years, following comments by newly-re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that there wouldn't be a Palestinian state on “his watch.”

Read the full Voice of America article Palestinians Consider UN Options

Apr 01, 2015
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, United States

The United States sent its European allies some stern signals about their obligations to the American-led international order last week. On Monday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power visited Brussels, where she warned NATO members to halt their “dangerous” defense cuts and called on European powers to offer more troops to United Nations peace operations.

Mar 16, 2015
Richard Gowan
Europe, United States
United Nations

The Republican majority in the U.S. Congress led by House Speaker John Boehner, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama are engaged in a vital debate on how to deal with the Iranian nuclear program.

Feb 04, 2015
Barnett Rubin
Europe, Middle East, United States

There were signs of easing tensions in some parts of the international system last week, but warnings of deepening crises on other fronts.

Read the full World Politics Review article Big-Power ‘Buffering’ Mechanisms Needed to Manage Era of Disorder

Nov 12, 2014
Richard Gowan

It is a truth universally acknowledged, at least among American political analysts, that the struggle against violent Islamist extremism is back in play as an organizing principle in international affairs.

Read the full World Politics Review article U.N. Trapped on Front Lines of New Struggle With Violent Islamists

Nov 04, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, United States

Last week’s top-level session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York offered three basic lessons. The first is that the United States can still dominate the U.N. when it wants to. The second is that a clear majority of other countries’ leaders are quite relieved to follow an American lead. But the third is that the U.N. is only really still relevant in two—admittedly sensitive—regions: Africa and the Middle East.

Sep 29, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations