The Real Threat to US Interests in Afghanistan

April 12, 2017

If Russia and China make progress in Afghanistan, they will be emboldened elsewhere. On March 9, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stepped into the press briefing room to announce a review of American policy in Afghanistan. His major point? That the White House is “working with … key...

Will Trump Complete the Pivot to Asia?

February 16, 2017

Barack Obama failed to execute an economic and military pivot to Asia. Will Donald Trump pick up the fumble and run with it? James Mattis visited Asia this month on his first foreign trip as the new head of the Pentagon. It was less a get-acquainted visit than a damage control tour. His boss,...

After 8 Years in Office, Obama Signs Off

January 20, 2017

Obama has his faults, but he will go down as a president who impacted everyone around the world. As the US president leaves office, journalists, publications and prominent figures are assessing Barack Obama’s legacy and achievements over the past eight years. We cling on to the values and...

The 2016 “Are You Serious?” Awards

January 03, 2017

Last year’s lowlights from world politics, the culture wars and the military-industrial complex. Each year, Conn Hallinan gives awards to individuals, companies and governments that make reading the news a daily adventure. Here are the awards for 2016. The Golden Lemon Award The Golden Lemon...

Donald Trump’s Bomb Squad

December 16, 2016

One or two bomb throwers can blow up the international community. Donald Trump is appointing a whole cabinet of them. Shortly after the November election, a friend sent me a photo via Facebook. It was a sandwich board outside a bookstore in Massachusetts. It read: “Post-apocalyptic fiction...

How Can Turkey Stop the Cycle of Terrorism?

December 11, 2016

Erdogan’s government must seek a political resolution to the deepening conflict in Turkey, which has no end in sight. With the latest terrorist attack on Turkish soil—twin blasts close to the Besiktas football stadium in Istanbul that killed at least 38 people and injured many more—the...

How Washington Turned Ireland Into an International Scofflaw

November 02, 2016

Activists in Ireland are rallying against the US military’s use of Irish airspace for Washington’s wars. “We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.” So declared the Irish...

The World This Week: Thai King’s Death Raises Royal Question

October 16, 2016

With the death of the old king, time might be running out for Thailand’s anachronistic, regressive and repressive monarchy. This was a week of much upheaval. Even as the pound continued to tumble, tragedy struck Haiti. Hurricane Matthew killed over 1,000 people in the town of Jérémie. In...

Hong Kong’s Endgame With China Has Just Begun

September 21, 2016

Will Hong Kong’s recent election lead to a cohesive and sustainable approach in dealings with China? In the late 1970s, Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese revolutionary who was responsible for propelling the transformation of China to the power it is today, had a grand dream. His ambition of creating...

Bringing the Promised Democracy to Iraq

September 20, 2016

The US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this first part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the importance of future...

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