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Thursday, September 18, 2014   0:37 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.



Nuclear Deal with Iran Likely to Enhance U.S. Regional Leverage
by Jim Lobe
A successful agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme could significantly enhance U.S. leverage and influence throughout the Greater Middle East, according to a new report signed by 31 former senior U.S. foreign-policy officials and regional experts and released here Wednesday.


U.S. Ground Troops Possible in Anti-ISIS Battle
by Jim Lobe
U.S. combat troops may be deployed against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) if the strategy announced by President Barack Obama last week fails to make substantial progress against the radical Sunni group, Washington’s top military officer warned here Tuesday.


Declining Majority Still Supports “Active” U.S. Role in World Affairs
by Jim Lobe
Despite elite concerns about growing “isolationism” in the U.S. electorate, nearly six in 10 citizens believe Washington should “take an active part in world affairs,” according to the latest in a biennial series of major surveys of U.S. foreign-policy attitudes.


Obama’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Met with Scepticism
by Jim Lobe
U.S. President Barack Obama’s new strategy to “degrade, and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being met with widespread scepticism among both hawks and doves, as well as regional specialists.


Obama Mulling Broader Strikes Against ISIS?
by Jim Lobe
This week’s video-taped beheading of a U.S. journalist by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has spurred renewed calls for President Barack Obama to broaden Washington’s military efforts to strike the terrorist group, including in Syria.


Public Offers Support for Obama’s Iraq Intervention
by Jim Lobe
Despite rising criticism of his foreign policy– even from his former secretary of state – U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision last week to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) militants in northern Iraq enjoys relatively strong public support, at least so far.


Qualified Backing for Obama’s Iraq Intervention
by Jim Lobe
U.S. President Barack Obama’s authorisation of limited military action in northern Iraq, announced in a national television address late Thursday night, has so far received support – albeit highly qualified in some cases -- from across the mainstream political spectrum.


Africa Activists Urge Obama to Act on Extractive Industries Law
by Jim Lobe
As the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit got underway here Monday, anti-corruption activists urged President Barack Obama to prod a key U.S. agency to issue long-awaited regulations requiring oil, gas, and mining companies to publish all payments they make in countries where they operate.


U.S. Summit Seeks to Play Catch-Up in Africa
by Jim Lobe
Despite worsening crises in Ukraine, Gaza, and elsewhere in the Middle East, the administration of President Barack Obama hopes next week to focus at least some more positive attention on Africa.


U.S., Obama’s Image Remains Positive Worldwide
by Jim Lobe
While Republicans and other right-wingers claim that President Barack Obama has inflicted unprecedented damage on Washington’s global reputation, a major new global survey suggests that the image of the U.S. remains generally positive.
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