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Trump's strategy is failing and the Taliban is winning

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just consider this incomplete précis of the past six days.<p>The Taliban stormed into the strategic city of Ghazni on Friday, ultimately killing hundreds over at least four days of intense urban fighting and undermining the Afghan security plan of focusing on keeping population centers safe.<p>On …

Donald Trump

Pakistan's Imran Khan calls for more 'trustworthy' ties with U.S.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan called for more "trustworthy" ties with the United States which have frayed amid U.S. accusations that Pakistan is aiding Islamist insurgents waging war in Afghanistan, something Islamabad denies.<p>Khan, who is due to be sworn-in as …

Imran Khan

Can Imran Khan bring peace between India and Pakistan?

As a kid growing up in India in the bleak days of the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was a surreal experience watching Pakistan and India cricket …

Imran Khan

Why Pakistan’s election had such an ambiguous outcome

Five years ago, Pakistan celebrated its first peaceful transition between two civilian governments. By contrast, its July election has greatly disappointed many observers.<p>The former cricket player and celebrity Imran Khan will be the next prime minister, defeating the head of the former ruling …

Pakistan

U.S. can't be trusted, Iran says, as North Korea slams continued U.S. pressure

SEOUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programs.<p>North Korea for its part denounced the United …

North Korea

Why Trump's Sanctions on Iran Carry So Much Force

Few things in Donald Trump’s foreign policy have been more consistent than his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal the U.S. reached with that country …

South Asia

Pakistan's Indebted Economy Careens Toward Another IMF Bailout

The Pakistan economy is in distress. How else to describe an emerging market that has seen three currency devaluations since December, depleted its …

Imran Khan

If America Retreats, China Will Reshape Global Norms

Everywhere one looks these days, it seems that global norms are under assault. From the South China Sea to Eastern Europe, longstanding international rules of the road — concepts such as non-aggression, freedom of navigation and self-determination — are being flagrantly flouted or subtly eroded. …

Geopolitics

Charting the US-China trade battle

<b>The world's two largest economies, the US and China, are locked in a worsening trade battle that could have unexpected side effects on the global economy.</b><p>The US has applied tariffs on goods imported from China worth $34bn in the latest measures designed to tackle its trade deficit with the Asian …

What Trump’s Trade War Is Really About

As the trade war between the U.S. and China escalates, with President Donald Trump imposing tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports, both sides are trying to portray themselves as victims of an unconstrained unilateralist rival. They're both wrong: This dispute is about something much bigger.<p>For …

China

How The U.S. Is Scoring Own Goals Against China

There is little question that the most significant historical and economic global event of the last 30 years is the rise of China. And while the rise of China poses a direct threat to American hegemony, continuing American leadership and governance failures are compounding this shift in power. …

Can China build an anti-U.S. alliance?

By Catherine Rampell<p>Columnist<p>President Trump is right about one thing. China really <i>has</i> been stealing many of America’s most valuable ideas.<p>For years, the Chinese government turned a blind eye to counterfeited U.S. luxury goods, bootlegged Hollywood films, fake Apple stores, trade secrets pilfered …

China

Jalalabad Attack: Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan, a brief history

<b>Video Editor:</b> Kunal Mehra<b><br>Camera:</b> Abhay Sharma<p>What's it like to be 1 in 5,000?<p>For Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan, that's about how small their …

Another Death Knell for the Iran Nuclear Deal

The Financial Action Task Force—an international group that monitors money laundering worldwide—avoided a decision to return Iran to its blacklist of …

Managing an anti-American Turkey

Now is the time for American resolve and if need be significant consequences imposed on Turkey to advance our interests.<p>A Turkish flag flutters atop …

The China-U.S. Power Struggle Is Just Beginning

Chinese President Xi Jinping has an ambitious master plan for his country’s transformation into a wealthy, technology-driven global economic power. …

China

NATO Allies Defend Their Military Spending In the Face of President Trump's Criticism

(BRUSSELS) — NATO allies are pushing back against U.S. criticism that they are not spending enough on defense as President Donald Trump ratchets up …

US Diplomat in Pakistan for Talks on Afghan Peace

A U.S. diplomat has begun crucial meetings with officials in Pakistan to seek their cooperation in pushing Taliban insurgents to engage in peace and …

Israel confident U.S. to keep protections in any Saudi nuclear power deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel’s energy minister said on Tuesday after meeting Trump administration officials he is confident that the United States will not relax non-proliferation standards in any nuclear power deal it agrees with Saudi Arabia.<p>Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s energy minister is pictured …

Saudi Arabia

Harvard Scholar Explains How America Created Al-Qaeda

It’s truly amazing how much the consciousness of the planet has changed within the past 5 years alone, and it’s not just happening within one topic, …

A new world is dawning, and the US will no longer lead it

From pulling out of treaties to denigrating allies to starting trade wars, the impulsive actions of President Donald Trump are upending the …

What Erdogan's reelection means for Turkey and the world

<b>Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) —</b> Recep Tayyip Erdogan was already modern Turkey's longest serving ruler. Sunday's election result is an endorsement of the President's increasingly hardline measures that will raise alarm bells in the corridors of Western powers.<p>Other leaders, from Russia's Vladimir Putin to …

​Australia's pivotal strategic role in Indo-Pacific order

The recent Lowy institute poll shows what has been quite clear in strategic circles in Asia-Pacific, that the most relevant and pivotal country in …

Why Markets and Political Scientists Disagree on the G7

EPA-EFE/LUDOVIC MARIN<p>Click for full view<p>British Prime Minister Theresa May (top L), European Council President Donald Tusk (top 2nd L), German …

EU Warns the Global Trade War Is About to Get Worse

The global trade war is about to get worse, as the rules-based system of international commerce is poised to revert to an environment where the …

Trump Is Fulfilling Russia’s Dream of Splitting the Western Alliance

One of Russia’s principal foreign-policy goals for decades has been to split the United States from is allies. Whether by accident or by design, …

The whole world sees it: Trump is doing lasting damage to the global order that made the U.S. a superpower

A little more than a week ago, as President Trump completed his world mini-tour, my Ukrainian researcher emailed me. She witnessed some of the violence of Ukraine’s latest revolution and tends to be clear-eyed about the state of the things. Watching Trump’s behavior at the G7, and then with Kim …

Geopolitics

Ending The ‘Theater of the Absurd’ At The UNHRC

It is possible that there is no more misplaced and absurdly titled international body than the United Nations Human Rights Council. Though the name …

Trump’s ‘grand bargain’ with Russia is an illusion

<i>Alexander Vershbow, a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, is a former NATO deputy secretary general and a former ambassador to Russia, South Korea and NATO.</i><p>President Trump is once again floating the idea of a summit with Vladimir Putin. Trump …

Russia

EU escalates international trade war, slaps U.S. with tariffs

The European Union slapped $3.2 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods on Thursday, the New York Times reports.<p><b>The big picture:</b> The move escalates …