Diplomacy With China is Not That Easy

December 21, 2016

President Trump’s China policy cannot be based on deal making alone. Despite all the anti-Chinese remarks he made, Donald Trump was a surprising hero among Chinese nationalists during the presidential campaign. The former reality TV star drew his support from Chinese netizens either privately...

Avoiding the Unthinkable in India and Pakistan

December 18, 2016

As Donald Trump ascends to the White House, he’s wading into the most dangerous conflict on the globe. US President-Elect Donald Trump’s off the cuff, chaotic approach to foreign policy had at least one thing going for it, even though it was more the feel of a blind pig rooting for acorns...

An Open Letter to the Muslim World

Leaders of the Muslim world must act on the tragedy of Aleppo. Dear leaders, Perhaps by now you will have seen or heard the heartbreaking news coming out of Aleppo, Syria. News of missiles raining down from the sky onto the city; of those who have been driven from their...

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...

Terrorists Strike at Heart of Turkey

December 12, 2016

At a time when multiple terrorist groups are targeting Turkey, a political solution with the Kurds might be the best option. Twin bombs in Istanbul may not have targeted Besiktas JK’s stadium, but they underscore the propaganda value of attacking a soccer match for both jihadist and...

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...

Russia Meddled in US Election, Says CIA

December 11, 2016

In a secret assessment, the CIA reveals that Russia meddled in the US election to help Donald Trump win. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Those were the words of Donald Trump in July as he urged Moscow to hack Hillary...

The World This Week: High Court Throws a Googly at Brexit

November 06, 2016

Brexit was always going to be tricky, but the High Court has made it trickier with a judgment that forces the British Parliament to decide on the issue. Just when the pound was plummeting and Brexit was in the air, the wise judges of the High Court threw a googly at British Prime Minister...

Turmoil in Spain, Crisis in Europe

October 12, 2016

The problems facing the Spanish left mirror the crisis engulfing Europe. The current chaos devouring Spain’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) has mixed elements of farce and tragedy. However, the issues roiling Spanish politics reflect a general crisis in the European Union (EU) and a sober...

Saudis and Iranians Agree on One Thing: Soccer Poses a Threat

October 06, 2016

There is little that Saudi Arabia and Iran agree on, except soccer and religion. Sunni scholars in Saudi Arabia and their Shia counterparts in Iran may be at war over who is a Muslim, but there is one thing they agree on: soccer detracts from religious obligations. Iran, in the latest skirmish...

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