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by / on December 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm / in Current Issue, World

Obama’s Stick: Big Enough?

…by The 2014 midterm elections have made bleaker the already subdued possibilities of domestic policy for the Obama administration in its closing two years. Here, Ankeet Ball and Max Bernstein have turned their attention to Obama’s foreign policy. What doctrine constitutes Obama’s foreign policy thus far? What options are left to Obama in his final two years to complete foreign policy goals and strengthen American power abroad? And what will b…

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by / on May 28, 2016 at 1:02 pm / in Domestic, Election, Uncategorized

Obama’s Vision for Relations with Cuba

by In his final year as president, President Obama is receiving hard-earned praise for the actions that he has taken during the past eight years. Some of this praise has been retrospective—such as, perhaps most notably, the op-ed that conservative pundit David Brooks published in The New York Times entitled “I Miss Barack Obama,” in which he details his own surprise at how much he misses Obama as a presidential candidate amidst the cha…

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by / on May 2, 2007 at 4:48 pm / in Content, Domestic, Election

Fake ID

by During a speech in Milwaukee in mid-April, Barack Obama brought his talk back to a common campaign theme: “Our incapacity to recognize ourselves in each other.” That was an especially poignant point to make in front of the mostly black audience. Obama’s authenticity as a black man has been questioned publicly by a number of people. The New York Daily News’ Stanley Crouch was vocal about doubting Obama’s black identity. “Obama did no…

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by / on October 31, 2010 at 8:48 pm / in Congress, Content, Domestic, Issue

Bubba’s Playbook

…looking particularly promising either. That this could be said of two Presidents—Bill Clinton in 1994 and Barack Obama in 2010—says two things. Mark Twain was probably right when he said that history doesn’t repeat itself; it rhymes. But given the points of similarity that do exist, Obama should expect the worst and make use of the lessons of 1994 to understand how he can thrive with a Republican-controlled Congress. Clinton not only went on to b…

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by / on September 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm / in Opinion, World

Truths and Untruths About Obama and Israel

…a careful recitation of this fuller story. Saban gets some of the facts right. He correctly notes that President Obama recently provided $70 million to extend the Iron Dome missile defense system across southern Israel, in addition to the $3 billion in annual military assistance to Israel that the president requests and that Congress routinely approves. These are historically big numbers. He also correctly points out that Obama persuaded Russia a…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm / in Domestic, National Security


…s the way foreign policy has almost disappeared in today’s political consciousness, not in the least because the Obama administration’s policies defy easy political branding. However, despite the media’s predisposition to ignore what happens outside of Wall Street and Main Street this election season, President Obama’s first term has been rather eventful on the foreign policy front. Looking back to 2002, a young Illinois senator gave a stirring s…

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by / on April 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm / in Election 2012

Election 2012: Fool Me Twice

by President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign constantly begs the American people to give Obama another chance to lead the nation, but when deciding who to vote for in November, remember what Obama did (and didn’t do) with his first chance. Progressives expected the Obama administration to give them their shining moment of glory, and indeed he certainly entered office with plenty of support from the mainstream, as well. Obama, back…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm / in Domestic, Interview, Media

American Politics Illuminated

…ice of Loyalty. Ron Suskind’s most recent book, Confidence Men, brings the hidden history of Wall Street and the Obama White House to light. Columbia Political Review sat down with Suskind to discuss the state of journalism, the inner workings of the Obama administration, and the accountability of the financial sector.    Columbia Political Review: Why did you want to go into journalism before you entered J-School here at Columbia? How do you thi…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America as an opportunity to r…

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by / on November 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm / in Uncategorized

Obama and the Middle East: Round Two

…d the pro-Israel community can no longer knowingly turn a blind eye to how damaging these sanctions have become. Obama must, then, order a new look at the sanctions program, strengthening them where they hurt the regime and removing them where they harm innocents. Obama must also push for direct talks, which are unlikely but could present the best medium for a surprise deal, while simultaneously introducing a stronger military threat that the Ira…

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