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    BLANKLEY: Obama the isolationist?

    Is it possible for an American president to carry out accidentally an isolationist foreign policy? That odd question crossed my mind last week as I talked with various foreign-policy experts about the Middle East, Russia and Afghanistan. There can be no doubt that by his words and his travels, President Obama intends to be anything but an isolationist president. He proudly called himself a citizen of the world while in Berlin during the campaign. He has gone out of his way to travel the world, speak to the world and reach out for the favorable judgment of all the peoples of the world.


  • Inside the Ring

    The Obama administration is secretly working with Russia to conclude an agreement that many officials fear will limit U.S. missile defenses.


  • Illustration: Nuclear missile

    PAYNE: Hope masquerading as experience

    The Obama administration recently released its 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which, along with the New START treaty with Russia, provides the basic directions in U.S. nuclear policy.


  • An Uzbek woman who fled from the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh after her husband was killed and house burned down stands in line in no-man's-land near the Uzbek village of Jalal-Kuduk waiting for permission to cross into Uzbekistan, Monday, June 14, 2010. Tens of thousands of refugees fled pogroms that began last week in southern Kyrgyzstan. (AP Photo/Anvar Ilyasov)

    100,000 Uzbeks flee riots in Kyrgyzstan

    Some 100,000 minority Uzbeks fleeing a purge by mobs of Kyrgyz massed at the border Monday, an Uzbek leader said, as the deadliest ethnic violence to hit this Central Asian nation in decades left entire blocks of a major city burned to the ground.


  • A Uzbek woman who fled the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh cries as she waits for permission to cross the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border into Uzbekistan on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Uzbekistan closed the border Tuesday, leaving many camped out on the Kyrgyz side or stranded behind barbed-wire fences in no man's land. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Red Cross: 'Several hundred' dead in Kyrgyz unrest

    Rioting has killed at least several hundred people in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as new reports strengthened suspicions that the violence was deliberately ignited to undermine the interim government.


  • HOLMES: New START negotiations: Show us the records!

    The Obama administration's drive to win Senate approval of the New START arms treaty with Russia has hit a speed bump. Several senators are asking to see the secret negotiating record from the administration's official talks with Russia.


  • People without tickets watch the Pope's Mass service on a temporary video screen set up outside the Nationals Park on Thursday, April 17, 2008. (Bert V. Goulait  /  The Washington Times)

    BOOK REVIEW: 'Russia Against Napoleon'

    For starters, be prepared to reconsider two things that you think you know about the French Emperor Napoleon - that he was a consistently brilliant military general who ranks as one of the foremost battlefield commanders in history, and that his most calamitous defeat, in his 1812 campaign in Russia, was chiefly a result of "General Winter," the fierce cold and snow that caught his Grande Armee deep inside Russia, hundreds of miles from home.


  • HOLMES: In search of an Obama doctrine

    Signature foreign policies often define presidencies. For Ronald Reagan, it was standing up to communism and advocating "peace through strength." For Bill Clinton, it was sponsoring humanitarian interventions in the former Yugoslavia. For George W. Bush, it was promoting global freedom and using pre-emptive force and other tough measures to prosecute the war on terrorism.


  • HOLMES: Obama's nuclear policies are troubling

    President Obama's nuclear-weapons policy is finally taking shape. We now have the text of his "New START" treaty with Russia, the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and statements on fissile materials at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.


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