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WHITE HOUSE INSIGHTS: Romney, Obama Campaigns Tussle Over Iran Policy

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s speech to his party’s convention in Tampa, Florida, went some way toward painting a clearer picture of Romney as a person and what his plans are for the economy, should he be elected on November 6. Analysts say the speech was lacking in detail when it came to foreign policy, More »

U.S. Republican Presidential Candidate Tests Foreign Policy on Campaign Trail

While the U.S. economy remains front and center in the 2012 U.S. presidential contest, presumptive Republican nominee former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate are trying to keep the situation in the Middle East in the spotlight. Romney said Monday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be indicted under the U.N.’s 1948 Genocide More »

WHITE HOUSE INSIGHTS: Officials in Middle East amid Intensifying US Presidential Campaign

The U.S. presidential campaign is intensifying with just over three months to go before the November election.  As President Obama seeks another term, and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney attempts to unseat him, U.S. officials have visited the Middle East as the world grapples with issues such as Syria and Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Most of More »

WHITE HOUSE INSIGHTS: Clinton, Peres Discuss Syria, Iran at Washington Event

With fighting raging in Syria, and a United Nations peacekeeping official expressing the view that the country is already in a state of civil war, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had more to say at an event in Washington. Clinton appeared at the Brookings Institution Saban Center for Middle East Policy, along with Israeli President More »

WHITE HOUSE INSIGHTS: Syria Violence Spurs Search for Annan Plan Alternatives

The continuing violence in Syria, where fighting between government troops and anti-Assad rebels has claimed dozens of additional lives in recent days, has increased pressure on the United States and its partners, as well as on Russia and China, to come up with plan that could serve as an alternative to that of U.N.-Arab More »

WHITE HOUSE INSIGHTS: US Concern Over Yemen Grows

The situation in Yemen, where the government is battling militants linked to al-Qaida, struggles for attention, for the most part, in White House news briefings which in this presidential election year are increasingly dominated by domestic U.S. politics. But an exception occurred last month. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to a question VOA More »

White House Insight: Iran Must ‘Move Seriously’ in P5+1 Talks

White House Insight: Iran Must ‘Move Seriously’ in P5+1 Talks

Questions about the possibility of military action against Iranian nuclear sites made a return to the spotlight on Wednesday during a White House news briefing, prompted by remarks by Israel’s defense minister, reported widely in Israeli media. In the first extensive remarks in some time on U.S. efforts with allies and partners to persuade Iran More »

WHITE HOUSE INSIGHT: Obama Discusses Iran, Mideast Tensions Impact on Gasoline Prices

More than three weeks after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama sat down to discuss strategy on the Iranian nuclear issue, there are fewer U.S. headlines (though perhaps not in Israel) about potential military action against Iran’s nuclear sites. As the White House always reminds reporters, and as President Obama has More »

WHITE HOUSE INSIGHTS: The US, Israel, and Iran: Where Do We Go From Here?

VOA Correspondent Dan Robinson has one of the most coveted positions in the world – covering the White House and the Presidency of Barack Obama from the front row. Dan shares his observations about the Arab Spring and broader Middle East issues in his WHITE HOUSE INSIGHTS blog. One of the challenges of covering high-level More »

WHITE HOUSE INSIGHTS: Obama, Netanyahu to Address Iran Preemptive Strike Issue

VOA Correspondent Dan Robinson has one of the most coveted positions in the world – covering the White House and the Presidency of Barack Obama from the front row. Dan shares his observations about the Arab Spring and broader Middle East issues in his WHITE HOUSE INSIGHTS blog.   Obama, Netanyahu to Address Iran Preemptive Strike More »