Perhaps it’s unfair to expect a competent official to be inspirational. But that is what’s called for; these are extraordinary times.
Foreign Concept provides international affairs coverage by Mark Porubcansky, a foreign correspondent and editor for 30 years, who, until recently, served as foreign editor of the Los Angeles 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.
U.S. justification for backing the Saudis in Yemen has never been clearly explained, either by the Obama or Trump administration.
At least if your idea of fun is widespread talk of stockpiling food; worry about disruptions to the industrial supply chain; and a chronic shortage of farm labor.
Andrew Brunson’s plight has gained a high profile among U.S. evangelicals, and warnings from both President Trump and Vice President Pence were probably aimed, at least in part, at bolstering domestic political support.
Changing Afghanistan was always going to be a long shot. But while the neocons got distracted by the next shiny object, and while they were tearing up Iraq, the window closed on Afghanistan.
One theory, courtesy of Adam Davidson in the New Yorker, combines a sophisticated understanding of power in former Soviet republics and Trump’s business conduct in recent years.
It’s true that serious-minded people can lose their heads sometimes. But it’s a big mistake to dismiss such criticism of Trump, even if it’s from his foes, as more of the empty, poisonous rhetoric of our times.
Trump’s not usually interested in details. Putin is, and he’s not about to give anything away.
It’s hard to make progress without being clear about who’s responsible for what.
Cooperating with Muqtada Sadr would be a bitter pill for many Iraq veterans, and a difficult move for the prideful “America First” president. But he could also be an ally of convenience.