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Dear Moammar Gaddafi . . .

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Going down in flames would be a fitting end for the criminal you've become.

Dear Hosni Mubarak . . .

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

In response to your truculent, deeply misguided speech.

New START doesn't go far enough

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

It fails to address contemporary menaces centered in rogue proliferators.

Insecurities beneath China's prosperous exterior

Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

HONG KONG The extraordinary power and wealth that China has accumulated in just 30 years are evident in its pulsating streets, giant shopping malls and ostentatious military maneuvers. But less-visible insecurities linger from its recent chaotic past and drive this country's politics. China's str...

Obama needs personal touch in diverse Mideast

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

President Obama's Middle East initiatives are moored in clear and just principles, soul-lifting oratory and a vastly charitable reading of human nature. Unfortunately, they are not anchored in an equally steady understanding of -- or feeling for -- the fractious, grasping, always fascinating people...

Ex-president de Klerk teaches the inspiration of South Africa

Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

South Africa's remarkable, resilient citizens have never failed to surprise or impress me over the past four decades. From the barbaric practices of apartheid to the heroism and wisdom of Nelson Mandela, they seem capable of anything, or perhaps of everything.

President Obama's farsighted nuclear strategy

Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

STANFORD, CALIF. President Obama has turned the once utopian-sounding idea of global nuclear disarmament into a useful tool for U.S. foreign policy. His well-conceived, confidently executed three-part movement in statecraft this month should banish the notion that Obama's ambitious nuclear goals...

As Obama bets on Asia, regional players hedge

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Barack Obama's Asia strategy has a flaw that the administration needs to correct.

Bidding farewell to a life in columns

Sun, 03 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Listen up, Israel: Not now. Obama, don't let the winds of public opinion twist you around your own axle. Yo, Putin, stop shielding the murderers, including those who rid you of meddlesome lawyers. Sarkozy, your energy and irreverence are dazzling. But what about a little more stick-to-itness, cher...

The Redskins' season a tragedy of literary proportions

Sun, 27 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

The Greek tragedies endure because they teach us that life is worth living in spite of the anguish and pain that mark so much of our existence. This has helped me understand and empathize with even the Washington Redskins through this dismal season.

Bankers' long tradition getting short shrift these days

Sun, 20 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

The ugliest Americans are now the nation's bankers.

In the 'arc of crisis' the U.S. can't be allowed to fail

Sun, 13 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

In the streets of Tehran, young Iranians shout "Death to the Dictator" instead of "Death to America." Across the border, Iraqis worry that new violence after months of relative calm will undermine the political process they adopted under U.S. pressure. But they also voice renewed determination to...

On Afghanistan, Obama is a prisoner

Sun, 06 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

President Obama's expansion of the war in Afghanistan meets the tests of strategic necessity abroad and political equilibrium at home. He can reasonably hope that his surge will buy time for things to improve, particularly in Pakistan, the war's vital theater.

How Obama really feels about Afghanistan

Sun, 29 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Dec. 1, 2009 : My fellow Americans, This is not the speech you expected to hear. But my wordsmiths are tied in knots writing an acceptance speech for the only Nobel Peace Prize ever awarded for making speeches. So I am going to tell you how I really feel about Afghanistan. Which is: steamed .

Jim Hoagland: The broader Mideast decision lies with Israel

Sun, 22 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Few things are as dangerous in the Middle East as well-intentioned outsiders. They invariably bring unintended consequences upon those they would guide to a better life. Ask Job. Or consider the case of Mahmoud Abbas, whose hurt and fury over foreign meddling has triggered his threat to quit as...

Jim Hoagland on war's ties to the Fort Hood massacre

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

America's vast spaces inspire such fear and uncertainty for the country's inhabitants that at times they snap, reach for an ever-present firearm and blaze away at their fellow citizens. This narrative comes from a European friend to explain the Fort Hood massacre, as well as those that preceded i...

Jim Hoagland on the dangers of reaching out to Iran and Syria

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Barack Obama's extended hand was whacked across the knuckles by the leaders of Iran, Syria and assorted other thuggeries last week. But the Obama administration did manage a good demonstration in Burma of how its brand of engagement can and should work.

Jim Hoagland on the fall of a gregarious Frenchman

Sun, 01 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Old age is a shipwreck. -- Charles de Gaulle Revolutions notoriously eat their children. But France's political system reserves its sharpest cruelties for elderly politicians as they fall from favor, as de Gaulle learned in 1968. Now it is the turn of former president Jacques Chirac, who was ordered...

Jim Hoagland on NAFTA's growing importance

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Do not move the U.S., Canada, and Mexico toward protectionism, Mr. President.

Why Obama Is Taking His Time on Afghanistan

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Is President Obama dithering on Afghanistan, as critics claim? Or do loyalists praising his deliberate pace have it right? Both camps rush past the obvious: The president is almost certainly applying a calculated, cold-blooded squeeze on his partners in the Afghan endeavor to get what he needs for a...

Honoring Obama for Events Yet to Come

Sun, 11 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Gobsmacked by President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize? You have come to the right place. Chalk it up to the national character of my ancestral homeland.

An Opportunity to Work With Russia and Iran

Sun, 04 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

PARIS -- Three American presidents have set the stage for a grand diplomatic bargain that could align the interests of the world's leading powers in Europe and the Middle East. It is now up to Barack Obama to play out that opportunity by keeping his eye on the forest as well as the trees.

Obama's Misplaced Push for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

Sun, 27 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

President Obama's dream of a world without nuclear weapons seems more like a nightmare to Russia and other nations that possess doomsday arms. Obama is pushing on a door that is closed, barred from inside and locked with a key that has been thrown away as far as the Kremlin is concerned.

Media Files:

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev: Two Faces of Russia

Sun, 20 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

MOSCOW -- The world's economic crisis does not seem to have been unkind to you, Vladimir Putin notes as we sit down to a lunch that begins with calf's tail in aspic. "You all look well fed, well dressed."

A Failed Afghan Election -- and Danger Signs for Obama

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

After a failed election, President Obama needs to be candid on the obstacles ahead.

Shockwaves From Japan's Election

Sun, 06 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Japan's voters have thrust power on an incoherent coalition of hungry politicians distinguished only by their willingness to promise anything to anybody anytime. Good for them. In many ways we should applaud the Japanese who voted for what is being described as "change they can't believe in."

Behind a Libyan Welcome and Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

Sun, 30 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Moammar Gaddafi leaned across the couch and surprised me with the question he posed, squinting as he searched my face for reaction: "Why do you drink poison?"

Health Care and Other Setbacks Raise Questions About Obama's Strength

Sun, 23 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A question Nicolas Sarkozy asked about Barack Obama months ago is trenchant now.

Balkans Nations' Progress as a Legacy of NATO Intervention

Sun, 16 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

KORCULA, Croatia -- The enterprising folk of this Adriatic island town now use the past to propel themselves into the future. As they do, they offer a glimpse of a certain idea of promise for all the Balkans.

Clinton's Iran Indiscretion

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

I love writing about control freaks. They cannot resist responding in ways that prove my point.

Obama Using Deadlines to Forge Foreign Policy

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

President Obama's surge in Afghanistan has a year to show that the increase in U.S. forces and aid can turn the tide there. It is not an open-ended commitment of American troops and money.

Obama Using Deadlines to Forge Foreign Policy

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

President Obama's surge in Afghanistan has a year to show that the increase in U.S. forces and aid can turn the tide there. It is not an open-ended commitment of American troops and money.

White House Message Control Breeds Tension

Sun, 12 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Surprised to see the news the other day that the Obama administration is sending an ambassador back to Syria? So were officials in Hillary Clinton's State Department. They were still hoping to win more movement from Damascus on Middle East issues when President Obama's decision was leaked.

McNamara: Brightness Cloaked in Hubris

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

How McNamara came to be blinded by intellectual hubris.

Global Warming: Preparing for a Sea Change

Sun, 05 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

VENICE -- Europe will be wrangled for the next six months by a lanky, no-nonsense Swede named Carl Bildt. His country chairs this semester's cascade of European Union summits, procedural debates and other gabfests. As Sweden's foreign minister, it is Bildt's job to make sense of it all -- a task...