Foreign Policy

What a World Led by China Might Look Like

The Trump administration may be accelerating "Easternization," argues Gideon Rachman.<p>Next week, Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to the United States to meet Donald Trump for the first time. But according to Gideon Rachman, the chief foreign affairs commentator for the <i>Financial Times</i>, power …

World Politics

Donald Trump's Ignorance Extends to Foreign Affairs. That's A Big Problem.

The president’s meeting with Germany’s Angela Merkel offers a window into the foreign policy perils of a fact-free presidency.<p>WASHINGTON – Germany’s chancellor stood just a few feet away as President Donald Trump said her country’s trade negotiators had done a much better job than their American …

World Politics

Brexit triggered: 5 huge obstacles to an amicable divorce

<b>London (CNN) —</b> It's go time.<p>The U.K. has officially begun the formal process of leaving the European Union.<p>It promises to be a messy breakup, with wrangling over shared assets, finances and the future of trade.<p>Top EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, has warned that Britain faces severe disruption to air …

Brexit

The 5 most deranged conspiracy theories from GOP mega-donors’ bizarro climate conference

Apparently, evil communists have convinced the public that climate change is caused by humans.<p>Before President Trump even approved the Keystone Pipeline, GOP mega-donors Robert Mercer and Rebekah Mercer were already celebrating with a two-day anti-climate conference sponsored by the conservative …

UN Climate Change Conference

Every Terrifying Thing That Donald Trump Did This Week

It’s been a little over two months since Donald Trump became commander-in-chief. But for the president’s detractors, it’s felt like centuries — long …

Government

The Death Of A US Contractor Has Exposed America’s Failures In Syria

American survivors tell the inside story of the fatal explosion that killed a US military contractor with two children. The blunders that led up to his death expose deep problems in farming out much of America’s Syria strategy to private companies. Now, the feds are investigating.<p><b>When the Bulgarian</b> …

Armed Conflict

The Last G-20 Meeting Marks The End Of Free Trade

In the last G-20 meeting, its members agreed to drop the forum’s commitment to free trade at the insistence of the United States. That agreement was reached at one meeting and was contained in a single document—such agreements and documents are far from written in stone.<p>In spite of that, it must be …

Free Trade

Trump Is a Chinese Agent

The big story everyone is chasing is whether President Trump is a Russian stooge. Wrong. That’s all a smoke screen. Trump is actually a Chinese agent. He is clearly out to make China great again. Just look at the facts.<p>Trump took office promising to fix our trade imbalance with China, and what’s …

World News

Remember When Republicans Cared About U.S. Allies?

Agree with them or not, Republicans have historically been very clear about how they talk about our allies and our adversaries. That’s out the window now. But no one says a peep.<p>When Barack Obama was president, conservatives criticized him endlessly for alienating allies and coddling adversaries. A …

World Politics

Dick Cheney lashes out at Russia for “act of war” as neocons try outreach to liberals

Former vice president and leading neocon hawk joins bipartisan coalition comparing Russian hacking with bombing<p>Former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the few elite Republicans who endorsed Donald Trump for president early in the 2016 campaign cycle, is speaking out against the Russian government …

World Politics

Will Congress finally vote on ISIS war?

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration's deployment of additional US troops to Iraq and Syria -- and the prospect of increased operations in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East -- will ramp up pressure on Congress to formally authorize the war against ISIS, according to lawmakers pushing …

Armed Conflict

Obama's Legacy Is Proving Far Harder To Erase Than Trump Imagined

Campaign promises are meeting governing realities, and realities are winning.<p>It wasn’t quite in the league of predicting the Dow would hit 36,000 months before the dot-com bubble burst, but when New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait unveiled his book on Barack Obama’s enduring legacy shortly before …

World Politics

Angela Merkel rejects one of Theresa May's key Brexit demands

Divorce settlement must come before talks about future relationship, says chancellor, as EU leaders respond to article 50 letter<p>Angela Merkel has rejected one of Theresa May’s key Brexit demands, insisting negotiations on Britain’s exit from the European Union cannot run in parallel with talks on …

Elections (UK)

Arab Nations Push to Develop Their Own Defense Industries

Wealthy Gulf Arab states have a warning for Western suppliers of military equipment: If they want business, they have to transfer technical knowledge to local companies that are part of a rising, homegrown defense sector.<p>Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with troops fighting in neighboring …

Armed Conflict

How North Korea could kill 90 percent of Americans

OPINION | They could deliver a 30 kiloton weapon by land, sea or air, and they could shut the country down with an EMP attack.

North Korea

May wants security, free trade, liberal values: just what we’re throwing away

The prime minister’s talk of a brighter future for this country after triggering article 50 sounded like a fantasy. And now there’s no turning back<p>Nothing conveyed the madness of Brexit like the triggering of it. Theresa May’s speech to the Commons delighted the anti-EU warriors – of course it did. …

Free Trade

The Weeds: Trump’s Twitter foreign policy does not square with his Cabinet’s actions

Vox foreign editor Yochi Dreazen joins Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias to discuss the president’s foreign policy.<p>Republicans’ failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare may have dominated headlines last week, but that wasn’t the week’s <i>only</i> story.<p>On this episode of <i>The Weeds</i>, Ezra Klein and Matt …

World Politics

Whatever Happened to Free Trade?

After World War II, the global economy rose on a wave of trade and finance, lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in developing countries and providing rich countries with cheaper goods, lucrative investments and hopes for a more peaceful planet.<p>That tide is now receding.<p>Nine years …

Business

The U.S. Has An 'Active Cyber War Underway' To Thwart The North Korean Nuclear Threat

<i>New York Times</i> reporter David Sanger talks about North Korea's nuclear program and warns that the regime, which has been "fodder for late night comedians for many many years," is no joke.

North Korea

Trump may actually win the war against Islamic State

While Washington has been absorbed in battles over healthcare and incipient scandals, a real war is escalating sharply in Syria and Iraq: the one against Islamic State.<p>Without much public notice, thousands of U.S. combat troops are back on the ground in the Middle East: roughly 7000 in Iraq, almost …

World Politics

Why do countries relapse into war? Here are three good predictors.

As policymakers and stakeholders grapple with designing post-war strategies in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, it is increasingly important to understand what works to prevent countries from relapsing into war.<p>Conflict-torn states have narrow windows of opportunity to prevent war relapse, and failure …

World Politics

Can Trump Fix Government by Running It Like a Business?

Past administrations have attempted reform by taking cues from the private sector with mixed results. It might be even harder for a White House that lacks experience in government to achieve success.<p>Donald Trump is taking steps to make the government more like the private sector. Past …

Government

Teen Boy Is Only Survivor Of Shipwreck That Killed 146 Migrants

It's a tragically common storyline in the central Mediterranean.<p>A 16-year-old boy from Gambia was sitting in the back of a rubber dinghy on Monday, inching across the Mediterranean Sea. After spending six months in Libya waiting for a way across, he was finally on his way to Europe.<p>But after a few …

Refugees

Russians reportedly in ‘hand-grenade range’ of friendly US troops in Syria

The Russians have come within “hand-grenade range” of American troops in Syria — sparking fears of friendly fire and increased tensions, a report …

Syria

Who is Obama administration official who spilled beans?

The former Obama administration official who admitted earlier this month that her former colleagues tried to secretly gather intelligence on President Trump’s team was no low-level staffer.<p>Evelyn Farkas was once considered the most senior policy officer for Russia within the Pentagon, and she is …

Government

Chomsky: If Trump Falters With Supporters, There Could Be a ‘Staged or Alleged’ Terrorist Attack

It’s March 2017, and the political process and the media in the U.S. are a depressing mess, on top of an ever-growing pile of issues that are not …

World Politics

Teen Refugee Boy Thought to Be Sole Survivor of Shipwreck

There may be as many as 146 people "dead or missing" after a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea, according to a statement from the United Nations …

UNHCR

Highlights: The Trump presidency on March 29 at 4:05 p.m. EDT

(Reuters) - Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday:<p>RUSSIA<p>The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee jointly pledged that their investigation of Russian hacking of the 2016 U.S. election campaign will be bipartisan, a sharp contrast to bitter …

Politics

Tillerson Exposes the Government-as-Business Fallacy

Amid all the chatter of the weekend television talk shows, the most interesting segment was John Dickerson's "Face the Nation" interview on CBS on Sunday with former Secretary of State George Shultz.<p>The 96-year-old Shultz is one of America's wise men, a great public servant, successful business …

Secretary Of State

Don’t throw away the U.S.-Mexico defense relationship

<i>Craig A. Deare is author of “A Tale of Two Eagles: The U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Defense Relationship Post Cold War.” He is on the faculty at the National Defense University and previously served as special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National</i> …

World Politics