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...

The Coming Uncertainty: US-Southeast Asia Relations in the Age of Trump

January 19, 2017

With President-elect Donald Trump taking office, the possibility of a declining US commitment to Southeast Asia has become a concern. This year will kick-start with, arguably, one of the highest-profile news stories in modern history: the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the...

Time is Running Out for The Gambia’s President

January 16, 2017

Will there be a peaceful transition of power in The Gambia? It’s clear that Adama Barrow, the president-elect of The Gambia, has the support of most African nations and the wider international community. His inauguration—scheduled for January 19—marks a watershed moment for the Gambian...

Is Russia After the United States?

January 06, 2017

Is America wrong in branding Russia as its enemy? When the Cold War hatchet was buried following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union, it appeared that Russia and the United States may have found a way to peacefully coexist. However, in recent years,...

Israeli Settlements Explained

January 04, 2017

A look at the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law. Several United Nations Security Council resolutions, as well as the International Court of Justice, have also found settlements...

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...

Africa This Month: The Season of Elections, Hope and Change

December 31, 2016

Even as economic turmoil buffets the continent, elections are the flavor of the season as big men start to tumble from their thrones. Twelve fateful months ago, the authors decided they would tell a new “story of Africa with its multitudinous cadences and intricate plots.” Over the last 11...

Now is the Time for Obama to Recognize Palestine

December 27, 2016

Just as he established diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama should do the same with Palestine. I’d like to return today to an argument I made two years ago in The Nation, which is that President Barack Obama should recognize Palestine before he leaves office. For different but related...

UN Resolution on Israel Changes Nothing

December 26, 2016

The UN Security Council resolution is just one more fruitless international effort to address a conflict that refuses to end. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) vote on December 23 is a fitting end to the Obama administration and, of a different sort, to the term of Secretary General Ban...

Aiming at Russia, West Shoots Itself in the Foot

December 20, 2016

When it comes to Europe's dealing with Russia, there is a strong temptation to weigh individuals according to their pro- or anti-Moscow credentials. On December 12, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was in Serbia with an invidious task to fulfil: convince Belgrade that Russia wants closer...

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