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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.

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

Geopolitical Tremors: America, Nuclear Talks and the New Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 31, 2015

The US is rethinking its approach to the Middle East and has even found commonalities with erstwhile archenemy Iran. Meanwhile, relations with traditional American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, are cooling. A nuclear deal could further the shift. more... Comment ]

Krise in Venezuela: Parlament erteilt Maduro Sondervollmachten

Krise in Venezuela: Parlament erteilt Maduro Sondervollmachten

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 16, 2015

Venezuelas Abgeordnete haben sich selbst entmachtet. Das Parlament hat beschlossen, dass Staatschef Maduro neun Monate lang per Dekret regieren darf. Die Sozialisten begründen den Schritt mit der Bedrohung durch die USA. mehr... Video | Forum ]

Vorwurf der Menschenrechtsverletzung: Obama weitet Sanktionen gegen Venezuela aus

Vorwurf der Menschenrechtsverletzung: Obama weitet Sanktionen gegen Venezuela aus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2015

Ihre Vermögen werden eingefroren, ihre Visa entzogen: Die USA haben Sanktionen gegen sieben Beamte Venezuelas verhängt. Das Weiße Haus wirft ihnen die Verletzung der Menschenrechte regierungsfeindlicher Demonstranten vor. mehr... Forum ]

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

Leon Panetta Interview: 'You Have To Deal with Russians from Strength'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, former US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta calls for more decisive action against Moscow, including weapons deliveries to Kiev, to show Russia it will have a "higher price to pay" for its actions in Ukraine. Interview Conducted By Markus Feldenkirchen and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

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 ]