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Barack Obama rode a wave of optimism to the White House in 2008, shattering the color barrier to the world's most powerful position. The ride has proven tumultuous since the election, consumed by efforts to win the war in Afghanistan and revive the tepid US economy.

Racial Divide: The Tragedy of America's First Black President

Racial Divide: The Tragedy of America's First Black President

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2014

Police killings of black youth in Ferguson and Cleveland have outraged many in the US. The tragic events show how deep the societal divide remains between blacks and whites. Many have given up hope that President Obama can change anything. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Ukraine-Konflikt: Kissinger warnt vor "Neuauflage des Kalten Krieges"

Ukraine-Konflikt: Kissinger warnt vor "Neuauflage des Kalten Krieges"

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 09, 2014

Im Gespräch mit dem SPIEGEL warnt der frühere US-Außenminister Henry Kissinger vor einer Verschärfung der Ukraine-Krise. Von Deutschland fordert er eine aktivere Rolle in dem Konflikt. mehr... Forum ]

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

The Last Days of Kobani: A Decisive Battle in the Fight against Islamic State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2014

Turkey stands by doing nothing while US bombs have been unable to slow down Islamic State fighters: The battle for Kobani has revealed the West's helplessness in the face of radical jihad. Worries of a massacre are growing. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2014

Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle against Islamic State extremists, he has a war of his own. His plan of attack, though, is filled with uncertainties and America's ultimate goal remains unclear. By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

'I Could Have Stopped Them': Ex-CIA Lawyer Defends Waterboarding Decision

'I Could Have Stopped Them': Ex-CIA Lawyer Defends Waterboarding Decision

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 20, 2014

In an interview, former top CIA lawyer John Rizzo says the US' waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation methods" for terror suspects had "deep trouble" written all over them. But he doesn't regret his decision to approve the measures. Interview Conducted by Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Global Missionary: John Kerry's Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

Global Missionary: John Kerry's Faltering Effort to Redefine US Foreign Policy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2014

John Kerry has spent months rushing from one conflict to the next, but has little show for it. His failures are symptomatic of an America that lacks a foreign policy identity -- and of a country that seems uncomfortable with its role as a superpower. By Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Obama Advisor John Podesta: 'Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line'

Obama Advisor John Podesta: 'Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 30, 2014

Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a SPIEGEL interview, John Podesta, a special advisor to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices. Interview Conducted by Susanne Koelbl and Marcel Rosenbach more... Comment ]

Nach Schulschießerei in Oregon: Obama frustriert über lasche Gesetze

Nach Schulschießerei in Oregon: Obama frustriert über lasche Gesetze

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2014

Bei einer Schießerei an einer Schule in Oregon ist ein 14-jähriger Schüler zu Tode gekommen. US-Präsident Obama zeigt sich erneut frustriert über die US-Waffengesetze. Die Chancen für eine Reform stehen schlecht. mehr... Video ]

'A European War': The Fight for Ukraine's East Gets Bloodier

'A European War': The Fight for Ukraine's East Gets Bloodier

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2014

Fighters from Russia's Caucasus region have joined the separatists in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev has intensified its efforts to win back control of the region. Just 10 days after the presidential election there, the conflict is quickly turning into a war. By Moritz Gathmann and Christian Neef more... Comment ]

Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth

Trans-Atlantic Supplicant: Merkel Chooses Unity over NSA Truth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 05, 2014

There was a time when Angela Merkel was committed to investigating the extent of NSA spying in Germany. Now, though, the chancellor has made an about face. Trans-Atlantic unity is her new priority, and the investigation has been left to languish. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]