Michael Freedman

Obama Renews Focus on Southeast Asia

Barack Obama will signal yet another break with his predecessor's foreign policy this week when he takes his first presidential trip to Asia. While the Bush administration focused almost exclusively on the big players like China and India, Obama is very deliberately focusing on smaller countries as well.

Biden Shaping U.S. Europe Policy

Perhaps more than anyone else, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is shaping Washington's Europe policy. As a result of his foreign-affairs work in the Senate, Biden has enormous credibility in Europe, and he has made four trips there this year--more than the president or the secretary of state.

Europhobia Is Only Getting Uglier

What's so bad about Europe? Consider: the EU has a lower infant-mortality rate than the U.S., with France among the lowest. The life expectancy for a boy born tomorrow in the United States is 78; in most of the European Union, he will live an extra year, and he gets another two if he is lucky enough to be born in France.

Obama's Foreign Policy Is More Nixon Than Carter

Republicans have been trying to link Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter ever since he started his presidential campaign, and they're still at it. After Obama recently shook hands with Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez, GOP ideologue Newt Gingrich said the president looked just like Carter—showing the kind of "weakness" that keeps the "aggressors, the anti-Americans, the dictators" licking their chops.But Obama is no Carter.

Hail To The Bureaucrats

the guest list at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos is a thumbnail sketch of who holds power—or would like to. Most recently, the big shots were the titans of banking, private equity, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds—the chief beneficiaries of globalization, and, in a phrase popularized by political scientist Samuel Huntington, examples of Davos Man, the superclass who see national governments as anachronisms "whose only useful function is to facilitate the elite's global...

Too Much Trust in Greenspan Led to Bad Economy

Possibly one of the clearest public statements ever uttered by the notoriously opaque Alan Greenspan came in late October, when he admitted he had "found a flaw" in the laissez-faire ideology he had promoted for decades. "I don't know how significant or permanent it is," he told a congressional committee, "but I've been very distressed by that fact." That this icon of the financial world should falter, even if only for a moment, will live to be one of the most enduring symbols of the 2008...

Georgia's Quasi-Democracy

GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made news when she confirmed her belief that Georgia belonged in NATO, even if it meant that "perhaps" the United States would have to go to war with Russia.

Time To Come Home

Most leaders at last week's G8 summit in Japan shared a dubious distinction: they're unloved at home. George W. Bush is so unpopular his own party doesn't know what to do with him.

From Russia With Love

He has said he sees the letters KGB in Vladimir Putin's eyes and that he wants to kick Russia out of the G8. Yet Russians have a greater appreciation for GOP presidential candidate John McCain than citizens of the big European nations.