Manas base was crucial for the transit of NATO soldiers and supplies into Afghanistan. The closure Tuesday – little remarked on by the US press – short circuits debate on more troops for Afghanistan.
Robert Ford resigned as US ambassador to Syria earlier this year, and this week he broke his silence, harshly criticizing the Obama administration's response to the three-year war.
The Taliban prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl might do some good, but fear and anger are getting in the way of a realistic appraisal.
A prisoner swap with sworn enemies is never pleasant. But sometimes, it's necessary.
And does it really matter?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says when it comes to Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in other parts of Ukraine's east, Europe and the US made them do it.
Thailand's latest coup was presented as a way to bring the nation back to "peace and love." But if not handled carefully, it could lead to more bloodshed.
Former President Hosni Mubarak was given a three-year jail sentence for embezzling $17 million. But Egypt's current elite, largely identical to its old one, is unlikely to stop using the government for personal enrichment.
Julian Assange attacked Glenn Greenwald yesterday for a redaction in a recent story based on Snowden's NSA documents. Greenwald said it was done to save lives.
The Obama administration, clearly frustrated at the extent of Chinese industrial espionage, has indicted five military officers for stealing trade secrets. Does this step make sense?
A separatist referendum went forward in much of eastern Ukraine today over the objections of Kiev and many western governments, including the US.
Boko Haram gets lost in translation. Oh, and the word 'boko' isn't derived from the word 'book.'
Michele Dunne, a former administration official, argues that it may be.
Is it wise to let concern about terrorism trump all?
Secretary of State John Kerry talks tough on mass death sentences in Egypt. But US actions signal a far different take on Egypt's authoritarian about-turn.
Obama's push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is well into its second year. Actual progress so far? None. John Kerry is unlikely to change that.
Saudi Arabia is unhappy that the US won't do its bidding over Syria, and that it didn't back Egypt's Hosni Mubarak during mass street protests against his rule. Should Obama care?