Over the course of extended conversations with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, President Barack Obama laid out his views on foreign policy.

He was frank:

Right now, I don’t think anybody can be feeling good about the situation in the Middle East.

He was forward-looking:

I’ve been very explicit in saying that we have more to fear from a weakened, threatened China than a successful, rising China.

And sometimes, he was biting:

[Putin]’s constantly interested in being seen as our peer and as working with us, because he’s not completely stupid.

Here, we’ve collected the president’s thoughts on the world, shared in his own words.