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King Abdullah of Jordan visited the White House. Matters were discussed. Diplomatic matters. Read more»

Holbrooke in Afghanistan, 2009

President Barack Obama’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, who died Monday, held deep doubts about the war he was publicly defending — thoughts he is reported to have expressed on his death bed. Read more»


The United States has lost a great public servant, writes John Podesta: Amb. Richard Holbrooke was a brilliant man who could have chosen any path for his life. But he decided to devote his immense skills to public service—a service that was dedicated to the objective of extending to those less fortunate than ourselves the great gift of peace enjoyed by Americans. Read more»

A Jewish family watch the sun set over the West Bank from their settlement, 2003.

If you asked about a moment that encapsulates the tragedy of the Israelis and Palestinians, there'd be no shortage of incidents, fatal and wrathful, from which to choose. Here's an occasion that was less shocking but just as poignant. Read more»

President Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus share a toast during a luncheon at Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday.

Real diplomacy doesn’t happen to the sound of applause. In recent weeks, it seems Obama has come to understand this and has shown a change in the White House’s game plan when it comes to international affairs. Read more» 1