Leaders who can foster a national sense of grievance, maintain a stable economy and stitch a few fig leaves over their worst excesses have built a surprisingly stable model of governing. One big problem remains for them: the exit strategy.
He’s just going about it in the worst possible way.
It’s easy amid the madness du jour to lose sight of incremental change for the better.
The creation of a Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a result of differences that have been simmering since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and took on new urgency when war broke out between Ukraine and Russia.
If the lesson of recent years is that the urge for greater European integration and openness to immigration have passed their peak, then it would be wise to keep an eye on this new brand of conservatives.
China, the United States and Taiwan have managed tense times before. But the status quo appears increasingly fragile. If someone cracks it, we’re not risking a trade war. We’re risking a real war.
The prime minister will campaign hard for her deal, and the leadership can twist some arms. But the betting is that she still comes up short. Meanwhile, the clock will be ticking.
Russia did try to interfere in the election, and experts also are clear on another point: Worse is yet to come.
Hosting a ceremony Sunday that marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Macron focused on the war’s ruinous nationalism, contrasting it with an idealistic patriotism that he declared to be the exact opposite.
Perhaps it’s unfair to expect a competent official to be inspirational. But that is what’s called for; these are extraordinary times.
You can indeed throw the bums out. But in Brazil – as in many other countries – it can be very easy to replace them with scoundrels.
Among the many reasons the Khashoggi incident is so alarming is that it seems to indicate that score-settling with one’s own citizens abroad is creeping into the mainstream.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be too inexperienced to fully appreciate the trouble he’s in. Even so, as long as Trump is on his side, he may not care.
More stories are trickling out about Chinese influence campaigns that target business and state leaders, or seek to influence students or universities. If we’re shocked, we shouldn’t be.
Events like President Trump’s visit to the U.N. last week and the dispute over the Brett Kavanaugh nomination help make clear how self-absorbed the U.S. has become and how sharply its status has diminished.
Trump could announce that he intends to pick up on some unglamorous work undertaken by many of his predecessors. The U.S. has a willing negotiating partner – a difficult one, for sure – in Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Major challenges are brewing on several continents, where the right moves could make the difference between war and peace or help achieve a longstanding U.S. objective. Yet Washington is preoccupied and ill-prepared.
The name Idlib may be only vaguely familiar now, but you’ll be hearing much more about it.
China is hiding a dirty secret in the far northwest corner of the country.
U.S. reports indicate spy satellites have detected continued activity at a North Korean missile site. A report concluded that Kim is continuing his nuclear program. Of course he is.