Our favorite longreads and blog posts from the past week.
The prime minister was invited by the Republican leadership of Congress without the White House being informed, and he came specifically to attack one of the president’s major foreign policy initiatives, negotiations toward an arms-control accord with Iran.
For years, oil has been powered our increasingly technologically dependent world. Oil alternatives are becoming increasingly popular, and coupled with the Persian Gulf’s limited supply, many governments have tried to stay ahead of the market, which forecasts a world that’s not dependent on the Arabian Peninsula’s oil.
Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the FY2016 Foreign Affairs Budget. That budget, while comprising only 1 percent of overall federal spending, reflects the regional and topical complexity of U.S. policy abroad.
Seven months into the fight, key questions remain for the coalition: How is ISIS doing as it confronts the U.S.-led military campaign against it in both Iraq and Syria? Should the United States and its coalition get more actively involved on the front lines of the fight in Syria? And should we push for greater American involvement in Iraq?