Rate Obama's first performance on the international stage on a scale of 1-10, and tell us why you think so.

Posted by Lauren Keane on April 1, 2009 5:54 PM


Saul Singer, a columnist and former editorial page editor at the Jerusalem Post, is co-author of the forthcoming book, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, Moment, the New Leader, and (an Israeli/Palestinian e-zine). Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served as an adviser in the United States Congress to the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Banking Committees. He is also on Twitter.

Obama Scores A Two (For Showing Up)

Obama bowed to Saudi Arabia's despotic king - another in a line of actions likely to invite aggression by America's enemies. His foreign policy will fail if it's all "soft" and no "power."

Posted by Saul Singer Jerusalem, Israel | 31 COMMENTS
Apr 6, 2009 at 7:37 AM
Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog,, hosted at Globo online at She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

Perfect Ten for Obama's Leadership

Brazilians were delighted to watch Barack Obama calling President Lula "my man", and "the most popular politician on earth."

Posted by Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 0 COMMENTS
Apr 6, 2009 at 7:29 AM
Ignacio Gil Vázquez is the managing editor of Spain’s second largest circulation newspaper, El Mundo. He previously served as foreign correspondent in France and as Culture section editor. He has covered wide-ranging events throughout his career, including the Basque conflict, Catalan politics, Francois Mitterrand’s final years as president of France, his successor Jacques Chirac’s election, and the death of Princess Diana.

Obama: Skip the Formalities

Obama's international debut: average. The meeting was too formal for an informal guy like him. Michelle, on the other hand, dazzled.

Posted by Ignacio Gil Vázquez Madrid, Spain | 2 COMMENTS
Apr 3, 2009 at 5:01 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Five Out of Ten, Plus One Extra Credit Point, For Obama's Debut

This G-20 gathering circumvented tough issues. They did not act as the T-20 (as board of trustees for the world economy). The meeting focused on “good old ways” that got us all to this point and place in history.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 2 COMMENTS
Apr 3, 2009 at 4:56 PM
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Eight Points for Obama. Maybe Nine.

So far so good for Obama's debut: he tells his fellow leaders what they want to hear.

Posted by Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 3 COMMENTS
Apr 3, 2009 at 4:47 PM

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