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Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch

Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch

After his meeting with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, during his visit to Israel following last month’s ceasefire, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken explained his goals: "As I told the president, I'm here to underscore the commitment of the United States to...

Extinguishing the World’s Oldest Democratic Project

Extinguishing the World’s Oldest Democratic Project

What is happening to America’s democracy? Under the presidency of Donald Trump, America’s most venerable institutions have been compromised or attacked and its values questioned. The assertion seems risible: the United States, the world’s lone superpower, the most powerful military in the...

High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump

High Crimes and Demeanors in the Age of Trump

The US blames everyone but itself for the sorry state of global affairs. Let me try to get this straight: From the moment the Soviet Union imploded in 1991 until recently, just about every politician and mainstream pundit in America assured us that we were the planet’s indispensable nation,...

Trump Draws Geopolitical Battle Lines in South Asia

Trump Draws Geopolitical Battle Lines in South Asia

Pakistan’s refusal to confront its demons could leave it out in the cold. US President Donald Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan; a tougher approach toward Pakistan’s selective...

America’s Values Should Guide its Foreign Policy

America’s Values Should Guide its Foreign Policy

Without the compass of values to guide foreign policy, we descend to profit and power and sacrifice principle and people. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed his State Department employees in Washington earlier this month. It was his first significant encounter with his charges since...

The Real Threat to US Interests in Afghanistan

The Real Threat to US Interests in Afghanistan

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?

Will Trump Complete the Pivot to Asia?

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,...

US-Russian Relations in an Uncomfortable World Order

US-Russian Relations in an Uncomfortable World Order

There is a failure in the West to understand how the Kremlin interprets Washington's basic foreign policy aims and intentions. The telephone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump on January 29 was the first official contact between the two leaders since...

After 8 Years in Office, Obama Signs Off

After 8 Years in Office, Obama Signs Off

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...

Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future

Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future

Trump’s clearest indication yet of his policy approach toward the Middle East and North Africa was tucked into a recent thank-you speech in Cincinnati. In a little-noticed thank you speech in Cincinnati, a stop on his tour of battleground states that secured his electoral victory,...

Donald Trump and the New World Order

Donald Trump and the New World Order

Will Donald Trump usher in a new way of doing politics? Donald Trump, the orange mystery, has captured the White House in the most unexpected manner and against the wishes of our liberal, globalized world. The common themes running rampant through the anti-Trump protests across America are of...

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