from The Great Debate:

Hunting for scapegoats, Obama bagged the wrong guy in Hagel

By Lawrence Korb
November 24, 2014

U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel listens as President Obama announces Hagel's resignation at the White House in Washington

The timing of Chuck Hagel’s resignation as secretary of defense may have been a surprise, but the fact that he was on his way out has been rumored for weeks. The real issue is why he either stepped down or was forced to leave after such a comparatively short time in office.

from Breakingviews:

Review: World needs agreed ground rules for peace

October 24, 2014

By Martin Hutchinson

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Breakingviews:

Biggest risk of geopolitics is as a distraction

By Edward Hadas
June 26, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Ian Bremmer:

Obama isn’t the only one with a passive-aggressive foreign policy

By Ian Bremmer
June 19, 2014

 China's President Xi speaks during his meeting with U.S. President Obama, on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit, in The Hague

America and China are the world’s two major powers, with the largest economies and militaries. The stakes are high for them to practice what they preach on foreign policy: their words and actions influence the global economy, as well as the behavior of allies and enemies.

from Expert Zone:

India’s next foreign policy

By Jaswant Singh
April 30, 2014

(This piece comes from Project Syndicate. The opinions expressed are the author’s own)

from Mark Leonard:

The revenge of the German elite

By Mark Leonard
February 4, 2014

This week, Germany’s foreign policy establishment struck back against a public they say has become increasingly insular, self-satisfied and pacifist. In surprisingly blunt language, German President Joachim Gauck took to the stage last Friday at the Munich Security Conference to declare: “While there are genuine pacifists in Germany, there are also people who use Germany’s guilt for its past as a shield for laziness or a desire to disengage from the world.”

from David Rohde:

John Kerry will not be denied

By David Rohde
November 21, 2013

The secretary of state's critics call him arrogant, undisciplined, and reckless -- but his relentlessness in pursuit of negotiations might produce some of the most important diplomatic breakthroughs in years.

from Breakingviews:

Fracking may change U.S. foreign policy for good

August 29, 2013

By Rob Cox and Christopher Swann
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from The Great Debate:

Learning the wrong lessons from Israel’s intervention in Syria

By Dalia Dassa Kaye
May 14, 2013

Israel’s recent attacks on military targets in Syria have made clear the widening regional dimensions of Syria’s civil war. They have also fueled debate about whether the United States should intervene. Look, some say, Israel acts when it sets red lines, and Syria’s air defenses are easy to breach. Israel’s involvement has energized those, like Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who argue for U.S. military intervention in Syria. Unfortunately, the interventionists are drawing the wrong lessons from the Israeli actions.

from Jack Shafer:

The theater of economic sanctions

By Jack Shafer
February 8, 2013

Today's edition of the New York Times visits Tehran and reports on page one that the economic sanctions leveled against Iran by the United States are not working — if by working one means that the country shows any signs of ditching its nuclear program.