America under Barack Obama has begun the big geopolitical pivot from its fateful over-engagement with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to greater engagement with Asia and the Pacific. But this week showed that the transition is going to be anything but smooth.
Obama's policy in Afghanistan, subject to so much controversy at home and abroad, seems to have found considerable traction. Is the U.S. military finally reversing the Taliban gains?
The Global War on Terror ends, not with parades and speeches, but with an obscure memo, a few news reports, vague denials, and a seemingly off-handed comment from Hillary Clinton.
Was President Barack Obama's pledge Thursday to triple economic aid to Pakistan a case of rewarding failure in what many experts have called "the most dangerous place on earth"?