September 20, 2012 Recent anti-American protests in the Middle East have stoked debate over what the U.S. role in the region should be. The Obama administration says the U.S. will continue to engage with new political movements in the region. Some argue for more concrete goals.
September 14, 2012 The State Department is mourning those killed in the violence in Libya, while trying to calm the storm the anti-Islamic video has caused — add to that, standing by free-speech principles and facing an ever-skeptical audience in the Arab world.
September 10, 2012 Foreign policy hasn't been a major focus this election season, but whoever wins will face a delicate tangle of issues in the region. On top of a major decision about Iran, the U.S. must deal with a new government in Egypt, an intensifying war in Syria, and nervous allies in the Persian Gulf.
August 29, 2012 Iran is in the spotlight this week as it hosts a summit of nonaligned nations. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is attending, ignoring the advice of Israel and the U.S., which have been trying to isolate Iran. U.N. officials say Ban will bring a tough message to Iran. But others are skeptical.
August 6, 2012 Condoleezza Rice has been floated as a possible running mate for the Republican presidential hopeful. The former secretary of state would boost Mitt Romney's foreign policy credentials, but says she's not interested in the job. Still, she wowed Romney donors earlier this summer.