Obama Administration

Xi’s Color Revolution Obsession

Xi Jinping is rolling out strategy to prohibit “western influences” in Chinese society from repeating so-called Color Revolutions such as those in the post-USSR.

Was the Arab Spring Worth It?

Tunisia’s democratic repeal of their constitution should raise questions about the purpose and goals of the US-backed Arab Spring

The Natural Next Step: Afghanistan Withdrawal in Context
The Natural Next Step: Afghanistan Withdrawal in Context

One adjective that should never be used to describe the US retreat from Afghanistan is “surprising.” In fact, what happened in Kabul in 2021 was the natural next step on the inward-turning path Americans began walking in 2009.

Force Short of War and Jus ad Vim
Force Short of War and Jus ad Vim

Force-short-of-war raises many moral questions, and jus ad vim has been an attempt to provide answers.

The Syrian Revolution Turns 10
The Syrian Revolution Turns 10

Ten years on, the rulers in Damascus sleep easily once again. Without incurring any great punishment from the outside world for their ghastly crimes, the crisis has left Assad and his henchmen emboldened.

What Power Still Gets Wrong on Humanitarian Intervention: A Book Review of Samantha Power’s The Education of An Idealist
What Power Still Gets Wrong on Humanitarian Intervention: A Review of Samantha Power’s The Education of An Idealist

In “The Education of an Idealist,” Samantha Power comes across as a compassionate person with generous impulses. These attributes cannot by themselves determine policy on the question of humanitarian interventions.

Obama and Trump’s Mistakes in Syria: Green Lights and Red Lines
Obama and Trump’s Mistakes in Syria: Green Lights and Red Lines

As we continue to sift through the shrapnel of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria and green-light Turkey’s long-planned operations against Syria’s Kurds and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, we need to keep in mind that what transpired in October represents only the short-term consequences.

Obama’s Internationalist Moment: Review of HBO’s The Final Year
Obama’s Internationalist Moment: Review of HBO’s The Final Year

HBO’s The Final Year traverses the globe, from Africa to the Arctic, Havana to Hanoi, but it is in Syria where the cockfight personified by Samantha Power and Ben Rhodes climaxes. Indeed, President Obama claims that “on no other issue was there such a split” between them.

Obama's First Months as Commander in Chief and On the World Stage: A Retrospective to Assess Trump
Obama’s First Months as Commander in Chief and On the World Stage: A Retrospective As We Assess Trump’s Early Foreign Policy

As we assess Trump’s early foreign policy moves and first international tour, it helps to look back upon Obama’s. Here, then, are passages from A Perilous Path.

Explore The Latest

2020 Presidential Election (8) Abraham Kuyper (5) Alliances (123) American Exceptionalism (14) American Revolution (6) Anti-Semitism (13) Apologetics (23) Biden Administration (101) Brexit (9) Cancel Culture (1) Catholic Church (56) character formation (13) Chemical Weapons (4) Christian Ethics (501) Christian Realism (353) Christianity & Crisis Archives (117) Civil Religion (14) Civil-Military Relations (16) Climate Change (4) Cold War (53) Communism (94) Coptic Church (14) Corruption (30) COVID-19 Pandemic (42) Cybersecurity (14) Democracy (327) Deterrence (39) Dictatorship (50) Diplomacy (134) Education (3) Episcopal Church (3) Evangelical Christians (28) Freedom (33) Freedom of the Press (12) Genocide (5) History (202) Holocaust (11) Human Flourishing (42) Human Rights (256) Immigration (27) Integralism (9) Intelligence & Espionage (47) International Religious Liberty (296) Islam (48) Islamic State (ISIS) (114) Just War Tradition (212) Kurds (9) Liberalism (89) Millennial Christians on Nation-States and Patriotism (16) Missile Defense (12) Missions (8) Moral Injury (5) Nationalism and Patriotism (147) Nuclear Weapons (78) Obama Administration (47) Pacifism (30) Peace (140) Political Theology (64) Political Theory (91) Race (9) Refugees (26) Revolutions (7) Russian Orthodox Church (11) Socialism (2) Soft Power (34) Strategy (2) Syrian Civil War (34) Technology (14) Terrorism (145) The Biden Administration (5) The World in 2020 (4) Theology (92) Trade & Economics (95) Trump Administration (262) United Nations (UN) (10) US Military (40) US State Department (13) Vietnam War (20) War (196) Zionism (8)