The World Obama Inherits
Shaping an agenda for the visit to a majority Muslim nation that is a close U.S. ally.
The fight over Amb. Charles Freeman highlights the domestic politics of foreign policy.
As the first African-American president, Obama will face extra pressure to deal with Africa's crises.
Their explosive mix of terrorism and nuclear weapons fuels fears of an all-out war.
Obama has pledged to devote more resources to the war, but the insurgency keeps getting stronger.
Two wars. Nuclear wannabes. Terrorists. A global recession. Oh, and reversing Bush's legacy
Border issues and trade will be among the top issues America's neighbors raise with the new president.
The list of challenges is long: Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, Syria, and a damaged U.S. brand.
Violence has been declining steadily, but a number of factors could still easily reverse the trend.
Officials have long list of issues to fix, from climate change to arms control, after rocky Bush years.