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In review: Herman Cain’s seven biggest foreign policy blunders

If he wants to weather the current controversy and remain the front-runner, Herman Cain must convince voters he can govern competently. His foreign policy blunders aren’t helping.


U.S. support against the LRA spotlights group’s brutal history

The U.S.’s new commitment to assisting in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa is putting a renewed focus on the group’s long and brutal history of violence in the region.


Herman Cain thinks Uzbekistan doesn’t matter. He’s wrong.

Herman Cain recently dismissed Uzbekistan as a country Americans shouldn’t care about. Joshua Foust explains why he’s wrong.


Resetting the ‘Russian reset’

There is a growing movement to resurrect Russia as America’s biggest rival. But painting Russia only as the enemy misrepresents what it really is, writes Joshua Foust — a large, complex and ascendant power seeking to flex its muscles.


Tim Pawlenty, neocon?

The former Minnesota governor has tried to burnish his public image by adopting a hawkish foreign policy platform in the early days of the campaign.


Republicans offer starkly different views on Obama’s Afghanistan strategy

The GOP presidential candidates issued mostly muted responses to President Obama’s decision to withdraw 30,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.


In turnaround, Republicans struggle to attack Obama on national security in first debate

“Republicans won’t have the historic advantage that they enjoyed for something like 30 years” on matters of national security, said one Democratic strategist.


  In Perspective: Jon Meacham on the crisis in Egypt

Jon Meacham ruminates on America’s checkered history with friendly authoritarian and totalitarian regimes.


  The legacy of Richard Holbrooke

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers the legacy of the late Richard Holbrooke, who died this week at the age of 69, and his impact on U.S. diplomacy.

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