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Thursday, April 24, 2014   4:30 GMT

Stories by Jim Lobe

A proud native of Seattle, Washington, Jim Lobe received a university degree with highest honours in history at Williams College and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law). He joined IPS in 1979 and opened its Washington, D.C. bureau in 1980, and won the IPS Award for Excellence in Independent Journalism in 2003 and 2004. Lobe has worked for IPS from Washington for most of the past 23 years.



Many More Snakes Than Ladders for U.S. Policy in 2014
by Jim Lobe
If U.S. President Barack Obama conceived his foreign policy prospects for 2014 as a popular childs board game, the snakes he will have to jump over significantly outnumber the ladders that can propel him to success.


Iran Sanctions Bill Big Test of Israel Lobby Power
by Jim Lobe
This weeks introduction by a bipartisan group of 26 senators of a new sanctions bill against Iran could result in the biggest test of the political clout of the Israel lobby here in decades.


Syrious Paralysis on Pennsylvania Avenue
by Jim Lobe
Three months after averting a military strike against Syria with a last-minute deal to deprive it of its chemical weapons arsenal, U.S. policy toward the world's most violent conflict appears increasingly at sea.


Iran Deal Look Safe from Lawmakers Attack for Now
by Jim Lobe
Ten days after the signing in Geneva of a groundbreaking deal on Irans nuclear programme, the agreement appears safe from any serious attack by the strongly pro-Israel U.S. Congress, at least for the balance of 2013.


Public, Elite See U.S. Power in Decline
by Jim Lobe
For the first time since the end of the Vietnam War, both the U.S. public and the foreign policy elite see Washington as playing a less important and powerful role in the world than it did a decade before, according to the latest quadrennial survey released here Tuesday by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Pew Research Centre.


From Tehran to Tokyo, U.S. Geo-Strategic Shifts in Motion
by Jim Lobe
From the Middle East to the East China Sea, the last weeks events have offered a particularly vivid example of the much-heralded shift in foreign policy priorities under the administration of President Barack Obama.


Iran Deal Gains Traction Despite Netanyahu and Republican Dissent
by Jim Lobe
Despite strenuous objections by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and mostly Republican lawmakers here, the new accord between the Iran and the U.S. and five other major powers on Tehrans nuclear programme appears to be gaining support here and abroad.


Stakes over Iran Talks on the Rise
by Jim Lobe
As Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of at least four other major powers prepared to join talks with Iran in Geneva Saturday, the stakes over the eventual success or failure of the negotiations seem very much on the rise here.


Scowcroft, Brzezinski Urge Iran Accord
by Jim Lobe
Two pillars of the U.S. foreign policy establishment urged Congress Monday to forgo any new sanctions legislation directed against Iran, warning that it will risk undermining or even shutting down ongoing negotiations over Tehrans nuclear programme.


Obama Gets More Time for Iran Nuclear Deal
by Jim Lobe
The administration of President Barack Obama appears to have succeeded in preventing Congress from enacting new sanctions against Iran before the next round of nuclear-related talks between the U.S. and other great powers and Tehran scheduled for Geneva Nov. 20.
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