Absent more forceful US role, others make frantic bid to halt fighting.
Team Obama is more pragmatic and less ideological than its predecessors, say diplomats and campaign advisers. Afghanistan will be a foreign-policy priority.
New York Times correspondent Patrick Tyler analyzes 50 years of US policy in the Mideast.
Under Obama, the US may send 20,000 more troops and encourage talks with the Taliban in an effort to reclaim the upper hand in Afghanistan.
Ukraine said Tuesday that will avoid a Kremlin cutoff in gas supplies. European gas customers breathed sighs of relief.
He has criticized Bush’s attempts to trump Congress, especially on war issues.