Two experts before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday offered contrasting assessments of Afghanistan policy after the killing of Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan.
Leon Panetta, currently CIA director, is a close ally of Vice President Biden. But political realities could prevent him from adopting Mr. Biden's stance on US troops in Afghanistan.
In order to sustain operations, experts say France and Britain need to forge a broader European consensus on Libya intervention.
Libya may have been less a precedent than a case study in the president's blend of pragmatism and idealism.
The notion of humanitarian intervention went dormant after the Iraq war, but has now returned, championed by many of the same countries that were the greatest opponents of invading Baghdad.
As the US moves to transfer command of Libya operations to Western allies, Europe is grappling with who should take the lead to enforce UN Resolution 1973.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's concession comes closer to protesters' demands. But it also could complicate US counterterrorism efforts in the country, home to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Allied forces have imposed a no-fly zone over Libya, Pentagon officials say. But many in Washington remain uneasy about an engagement whose objectives seem less than clear.
This true story of a courageous female entrepreneur offers a rare glimpse into the lives of Afghan women under the Taliban.
But Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi appears to be alone in supporting Hugo Chávez's offer of international mediation, which even Qaddafi's eldest son has rejected.