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Did Putin once again outfox Obama?

March 15, 2016
Michael Crowley, Nahal Toosi | POLITICO
Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Monday that Russia will begin pulling out of Syria appeared to take the White House by surprise, and revived concerns that the Russian leader is outmaneuvering Barack Obama.
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How Barack will juggle Bibi, Vlad and Hillary

December 30, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
Bibi Netanyahu is waiting him out. Vladimir Putin may try to test him. And Hillary Clinton is keeping a wary eye on him. As he enters the final year of his presidency, Barack Obama will find his foreign policy complicated in new ways by the clock ticking down to his last day in office.
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Putin ‘Seducing’ Iraq’s Tribes

December 21, 2015
Nancy Youssef, Shane Harris, Michael Weiss | The Daily Beast
‘Russia is serious in fighting terrorism,’ one sheikh tells The Daily Beast, ‘unlike the U.S.’
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Obama officials are talking to Putin more than ever

December 14, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
But do they have anything to show from their stepped-up dialogue?
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As he departs Paris, Obama defends his Islamic State strategy in Syria

December 1, 2015
Juliet Eilperin, Steven Mufson, Greg Jaffe | The Washington Post
President Obama laid out his case once again for his Syria strategy built around a combination of military air power to degrade the Islamic State and diplomatic pressure to push out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Obama to Hollande: Stay the course against Russia

November 23, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
U.S. officials fear Putin is hoping more aggressive action against ISIL in Syria will forestall an extension of economic sanctions over Crimea.
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With Islamic State as a common enemy, can Russia and the West cooperate on Syria?

November 17, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces to cooperate with the French military, as both countries bombed targets in Syria. What are the prospects of Russia cooperating to help end the Syrian civil war? Gwen Ifill gets reactions from former Defense Department official Evelyn Farkas and Vali Nasr of Johns Hopkins University.
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