Over the next four years the U.S. will face a number of foreign policy issues, most of them regional, some of them global.
Protection must await a successful outcome of peace negotiations which were set to begin in Norway on October 17 between the Colombian government and the FARC.
Once loosed, the dogs of war range where they will.
A small sampling of media headlines points to a problem raised repeatedly by international, peace and human rights organizations.
A new report by a leading British defense and security think-tank finds that Taliban leaders and members "deeply regret" their past association with Al-Qa'ida, and top-ranking Taliban officials say a cease-fire could be negotiated in Afghanistan as part of a broader agreement.
Colombian President Santos confirmed that his government and the FARC signed an agreement Havana that peace talks would begin in October in Oslo.
Indigenous resistance in Colombia has become a social movement.
The political situation in the West African country of Mali has taken a significant turn for the worse.
The Islamic Republic's political prisoners are hostages held to terrorize the nation, says UK-based Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People's Rights.
The media were keen for a real wide split in the party. In truth, a lot of the members feared the same.