Obama speechwriter on Trump’s “healthy regard for dictators”
Ben Rhodes played a key role in crafting both the Iran deal and the historic thawing in relations between the US and Cuba – and was by Obama’s side on all but one of his overseas trips. Here he gives his views on the world after Obama. Rhodes was deputy foreign policy advisor and speechwriter…
Alyssa Mastromonaco interview
While President Trump focuses on fighting battles overseas there is a war raging in his own White House. Alyssa Mastromonaco, President Obama’s former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, discusses her new book about her experience inside the Oval Office.
Second British hostage held by Islamic State named
The second British hostage held by Islamic State militants is named as Alan Henning by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Chemical threat hanging over Syria's civil war
The battle for Damascus may have begun, but Syria has the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons in the Middle East – and what is to stop them being used if they fall into the wrong hands?
Obama comes up against 'world leader weariness' in Burma
World leaders have been beating a path to Burma for months now to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein. So why is Barack Obama so late to the party?
General John Allen: a fine soldier unfairly besmirched?
Inclusive, diplomatic, a team player loved by his troops, soldiers testify that it would be ridiculous if General Allen lost his appointment as Nato’s top soldier because of the Petraeus affair.
What is normal about drone warfare?
America’s so called “war on terror” did not end when George W Bush left office. Under Barack Obama the covert war entered a new phase, one of increasing reliance on missile strikes from aerial drones.
Obama says G'day to opportunities in Australia
President Barack Obama is cosying up to Australia – but the Chinese are not impressed. Read more from our Asia Correspondent John Sparks.
So this debt ceiling thing is routine or the end of the world?
An exasperated White House press secretary asked reporters this week if they expected “a President Bartlet moment” — say, a march up Capitol Hill to whip Congress in line, à la fictional president in “The West Wing” television series. “Yes,” one reporter replied.
Is 24-hour cable news killing American politics?
Sarah Smith considers whether 24 hour news channels are helping or destroying American politics.