Less ideological than Bush, Barack Obama pursues a more traditional approach to foreign affairs, marked by a narrower definition of US interests.
The suicide bomber who killed seven CIA agents last week in Afghanistan was a double agent for Al Qaeda and was recruited by Jordan's intelligence as a spy, according to reports. A new report from a US think tank offers a harsh assessment of CIA intelligence in Afghanistan.
The US is stepping up its efforts in Yemen quietly, giving the country tools and money to comabt terrorism without fanfare. The strategy is the result of lessons learned in Pakistan, in particular.
Yemen's air strike Thursday targeting Al Qaeda hideouts and perhaps Anwar al-Awlaki, the cleric linked to the Fort Hood shooter, was the second conducted with US assistance in a week.
The Iraq Air Force is slowly reclaiming control of the country's airspace – the last bit of Iraqi national sovereignty to be returned as the Americans pull out.
The murder of 13 in Abu Ghraib this weekend has some worried that Al Qaeda in Iraq may be exploiting gaps between withdrawing US forces and Iraqi troops not yet ready to stand alone.
The debate over sending more US troops frames a larger clash over counterinsurgency strategy as the new template for war.
As part of the counterinsurgency mission, US Army units will return to the same regions in order to build on experience and develop stronger relationships on the ground.
Emerging economic superpowers China and India may compete here. What should be the US role?