How Obama lost influence with Brics

Matt Kenyon, US Brics
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The president’s real pivot is not to Asia but to America, inspired by domestic sentiment

The master of cold war diplomacy

Two books laud a veteran’s understanding of Russian nationalism

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The US cable barons must be challenged

No one in Washington seems to have the will to stop industry moguls from tightening their grip on the internet

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Obama’s attention deficit diplomacy

Shared universal ideals have been supplanted by hard-nosed realism, but at a cost

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America’s democracy is fit for the 1%

Both US parties are up for rent, and patriots of all stripes should be troubled

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Republican America revives

Demographic and other factors are against the Grand Old Party but its electoral hopes are high

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Britain has lost America’s respect

The ‘special relationship’ has been compromised by one side that is no longer sure of who it is

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Imperial presidency quietly strikes back

Obama’s words suggest he is reluctant to use his vast power. His actions convey the opposite

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Putin cooks up Obama’s chicken Kiev moment

Diplomacy is the US president’s preferred weapon. Now he must prove he can wield it

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Obama’s funeral for a policy success

Rarely has the gap between the US public’s perception and that of economists been greater

To Russia with love: Obama’s energy lever

The US energy windfall will enable Washington to loosen Moscow’s grip on its neighbours

Mayor America

Has the mayor of Chicago reinvented the city’s notorious political machine – and does he covet the White House?

Review - HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

A portrait of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state offers insights into her methods but is undermined by its uncritical tone

The Fed’s waning magic in Yellen’s era

A widely forecast year of US take-off is in danger of faltering but the central bank has run out of ammunition

Obama’s trade agenda hangs on a thin Reid

The Democrat from Nevada never met a trade deal he liked

The west and the rest

Could relative decline be just a temporary setback for the west – or even an opportunity?

High stakes merger for Hillary Clinton and Obama

The former rivals will now sink or swim together

The rise of a new US federalism

With federal government largely paralysed, the future is being shaped in the cities

The tide is rising for America’s libertarians

The new spirit in a rising climate of anti-politics has become an attitude, rather than a movement

After the surge


Edward Luce Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT's leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy and other articles.

Ed has worked for the FT since 1995 as Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi and Washington bureau chief between 2006 and 2011. In 2000 Ed was the chief speechwriter for Lawrence H. Summers, the US Treasury secretary. His first book, In Spite of the Gods, The Strange Rise of Modern India remains a high seller.

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