The fact that the president is exercising caution at this point is, for many, a positive change from the Bush-Cheney approach.
The war in Syria has taken a turn for the worse with two recent developments: Turkey's military involvement, and the growing role of extremist groups.
President Obama attended the sixth Summit of the Americas over the weekend in Cartagena, Colombia, where he and regional leaders wrestled over a range of politically sensitive issues.
A long-awaited and controversial trade pact between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea came into effect on March 15.
The Obama administration is in the middle of a major shift a "strategic pivot" says the Oval Office, in two regions of the world: Asia and Africa.
President Obama has threatened a veto of a House bill if it includes tightened restrictions on Cuban-American travel and aid to Cuba.
The new rules, which must be ratified by at least two countries to come into effect, calls for national governments to ensure that discrimination is ended and that child and forced labor be abolished outright.
The president said the U.S. is opening "a new chapter in American diplomacy" centered on human rights and economic development. But the new policy has its own contradictions.
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to call for the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya, as well as "all necessary measures" to protect civilians.
Polls have consistently shown a significant majority of Americans favor normal relations with Cuba.