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Geopolitical Pivot

National Security Advisor Susan Rice: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

William Bradley | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

As national security advisor, she doesn't have to be a natural diplomat with a gift of politesse. She has to be smart, analytical, articulate, and hard-working. And she has to have the confidence of the president. Which she clearly does.

Why the Hagel Battle Made More Sense for Obama Than the Rice Battle

William Bradley | Posted 03.11.2013 | World
William Bradley

Why did President Barack Obama choose a big battle with Republicans over Chuck Hagel rather than Susan Rice? Obama himself, of course, has not said. He never said that UN Ambassador Rice was his first choice for secretary of state.

The Cliffs We Aren't Falling From (and One From Which We Are)

William Bradley | Posted 02.14.2013 | World
William Bradley

As the Obama Administration works to "re-balance" the nation's strategic focus, there are several crises which seemed to approach metaphorical cliffs all their own.

"Just When I Thought I Was Out... ": Obama Pushes the Geopolitical Pivot Amidst Ancient Enmities

William Bradley | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
William Bradley

Obama and Barak were already working to further the Iron Dome successor anti-missile system. But I suspect Barak's political story has not ended. Then there is the kettle of fish comprising Benghazi.

Obama Passes Through the Minefield of UN Week (But Sets Up A Potential Explosion Next Year)

William Bradley | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
William Bradley

Like a ship navigating through a strait filled with mines, President Barack Obama succeeded in getting through this year's United Nations week gathering of heads of government in New York without damage to his re-election. But he also set up a potentially explosive confrontation during his second term over Iran's nuclear program.

How Romney Should Have Attacked Obama: Anatomy of a Geopolitical Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Romney missed a big opportunity last week when he so foolishly and shallowly attacked President Barack Obama after the attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt.

What Have We Learned Since 9/11?

William Bradley | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

I suspect that historians will look back on the post-9/11 period and find much of it to have been a fundamental distraction from America's deeper interests.

While One Clinton Wows at the Obamarama, Another Pivots to the Long Game

William Bradley | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Assuming that Hillary Clinton still wants to be president, after a breather from years of frenetic activity, first as a presidential candidate and then secretary of state -- she is playing a long game. And the geopolitical pivot to the Asia Pacific is a central part of it.

After the Romneyrama, and Serious Matters

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

For Mitt Romney, the convention provides his latest attempt to re-introduce himself to the American people. But what's that old ad tag line? "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." It's not a Don Draper line but it sounds like it ought to be.