December 31, 2016

The Russian president has both the capability and the intent to cause harm, says a former U.S. ambassador to Russia. And the threat won’t vanish once Donald Trump takes office.

Michael McFaul, Barack Obama’s ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, has a blunt assessment...

December 31, 2016

Addressing the threat of terrorism, both real and perceived, will be a top priority for the Trump administration. Despite the dearth of Islamic State–directed attacks on U.S. soil, polls from earlier in 2016 showed that 73 percent of Americans saw the Islamic State as...

December 23, 2016

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The stormy debate over the Russian computer hacks, the complicity of the Kremlin, and whether they threw the election for Trump will continue for some time. Less debatable is that Trump has signaled...

December 23, 2016

On December 13, Donald Trump nominated ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. Tillerson’s nomination raised questions on whether the top executive of one of the world’s largest corporations (5th largest by market cap, to be exact) can put the American nat...

December 23, 2016

US President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of ExxonMobile Chief Executive Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State is being interpreted in Russia as a friendly move. It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned US–Russia relations in the most positive light s...

December 13, 2016

President Obama has been shamefully derelict in making Putin pay a price for his aggression. It’s time to give Vladimir a taste of his own medicine.

Vladimir Putin’s tenure as Russia’s dictator has been dedicated to twin interlocking goals: to enhance his own power and...

December 10, 2016

(CNN) The impeachment by the South Korean national assembly of President Park Geun-hye has not only sent shockwaves through Korea and its neighbors, but also caused great confusion. Nothing quite like this has ever happened in South Korea before.

The scandal that topple...

The tsunami of populism, nationalism, and antiestablishment sentiment, exemplified by the Brexit referendum and U.S. presidential election, may break again in France’s two-round presidential election in April–May 2017. On December 1, Socialist president François Hollan...

December 9, 2016

In the immortal words of Suga Free, and, it would seem, in the halls of power of Vilnius, “If you stay ready, you ain’t got to get ready.”

Lithuania, the largest of the three Baltic states, is trying to make sure it can withstand the double-whammy of an aggressive Russi...

December 8, 2016

Americans are frustrated with the imbalance in the U.S.-China economic relationship. From January through October of this year, the United States had imported $381 billion of Chinese goods, mostly manufactures; it exported $92 billion in return, mostly soybeans, aircra...

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