Foreign Policy

The risks of war in the Middle East, as the US confronts Syria and Iran

The US says it has put Syria "on notice" that it will pay “a heavy price” if it uses chemical weapons against its own people.<p>The White House says Syria appears to be preparing just such an attack, the latest escalation in a multisided civil war in Syria since 2011.<p>“A heavy price,” in this context, …

Middle East

5 Democratic Reps: The U.S. Can Turn Putinism Into An Opportunity

Our country faces a new crisis, one which endangers the underpinnings of representative democracy and freedom worldwide. The threat emanates from …

Geopolitics

Trump is destroying America's image around the world

It might seem like a subjective judgment to say that Donald Trump is wrecking America’s image. But a new Pew poll of 37 countries shows that this is measurable reality: Perceptions of the United States have collapsed since President Trump took office.<p>Pew asked people in countries ranging from …

Politics

Pew poll: More people in the world have confidence in Putin than Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump is the fairly elected leader of the most prominent democracy in the world. Vladimir Putin is an authoritarian with a long record of punishing political allies and suppressing views divergent from his own.<p>And yet, according to a new Pew survey of citizens in 37 …

Politics

Colombia’s FARC Turn in Weapons, Ending Role in Half-Century War

MESETAS, Colombia — Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels concluded their disarmament on Tuesday, handing in all but a few of their individual weapons to the United Nations and ending their role in a half-century war that killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions.<p>The Revolutionary Armed Forces of …

Latin America

To cut waste, it's time to close more military bases

Lawmakers hate the idea—but the Pentagon says closing excess bases would save $2 billion a year.<p>Another week, another finding of wasteful defense spending. Last Wednesday, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) charged that the Pentagon wasted some $28 million over the …

War

Merkel welcomes US offer to resume TTIP talks

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has told a Berlin audience that the US remains open to a free trade pact with the EU. German Chancellor Angela …

Donald Trump

Trump's disdain for diplomacy is making the world more dangerous

The US president’s preference for public bellicosity and instant military action has potential to cause a lot of damage<p>Donald Trump’s warning of renewed US military action against Syria, backed by Britain and condemned by Russia, fits a now established pattern of aggressive White House behaviour …

North Korea

NAFTA hearings start with Democratic lawmakers urging strong labor rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Democratic congressmen on Tuesday called on the Trump administration to demand strong labor provisions in its renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to reverse chronic wage erosion in Mexico.<p>At a public hearing in Washington tied to the imminent trade …

NAFTA

The Latest: 911 calls led to military post lockdown

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on reports of an active shooter at an Alabama military post (all times local):<p>4 p.m.<p>The commander of an Alabama military post says two 911 calls about a potential active shooter prompted a lockdown at the installation but no shooter was ever found and no shots …

War

Give Trump a Chance in the Middle East

Bush and Obama already helped destroy the region and damage U.S. interests there. How much worse could it get?<p>In the aftermath of the terrorist …

Geopolitics

The last thing America needs is a war

<b>(CNN) —</b> Late Monday night, the White House issued an ominous statement, warning about "potential preparations for a chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime" in Syria. If Assad conducts another chemical attack, the statement vowed, "he and his military will pay a heavy price."<p>We don't know …

World Politics

Sweden's Smart Idea for Reducing Global Killing

A "democracy clause" for arms exports is difficult to get, but an example of moral leadership.<p>Sweden is about to take a bold step: Its government wants to be the first in the world to impose a legislative ban on selling weapons to undemocratic regimes. If other big arms exporters did the same, …

Geopolitics

What was the Srebrenica massacre?

In July 1995 Bosnian Serb troops stormed the UN safe area around Srebrenica and before the eyes of Dutch UN troops. DW's Zoran Arbutina explains what …

War

Henry Kissinger says Brexit will bring Britain closer to the US

US diplomat believes EU exit is chance for UK to renew transatlantic alliance while keeping some ties with Europe<p>Henry Kissinger believes Brexit is a chance for the UK to renew the transatlantic alliance – but that Britain would be mistaken if it left Europe altogether.<p>The former US national …

World Politics

The White House's international credibility collapses in Trump era

During Barack Obama’s presidency, Republicans chose a strange line of attack. As regular readers know, Obama’s GOP detractors seemed absolutely …

Pew Research Center

Trump’s chaos is covering for stealth escalation overseas

While Washington is fixated on President Trump’s tweets, antics, lies and Russiagate, the administration is ramping up a stealth escalation of our military involvement across the Middle East. As Naomi Klein warns, Trump’s “rolling shock of the chaos and spectacle” distracts from radical actions …

Middle East

Europe's once positive world view of US slips under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Europeans now view the United States unfavorably under President Donald Trump than favorably, according to a survey of public attitudes in three dozen countries that comes as Trump prepares for a return visit to the continent early next month.<p>The Pew Research Center …

Politics

France’s ‘Startup President' Is Just What Europe Needs To Reboot

Emmanuel Macron breathes fresh air into the stagnating cause of European unity.<p>PARIS ― By remaking France and seeking a more federal Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron can make the continent a global player again.<p>Though the youngest president in modern French history, Macron is wasting no …

Geopolitics

Trump's Foreign-Policy 'Adhocracy'

Richard Haass, one of the few foreign-policy experts the president says he respects, had some harsh words for the administration's early stumbles.<p>The Trump administration’s lack of structure or experience is hobbling its ability to conduct an effective foreign policy, argues Richard Haass, …

World Politics

Trump may be mulling ‘significant military presence in Syria,’ analyst says

NBC News senior national security analyst Jeremy Bash tells TODAY that the White House’s surprise announcement that Syria would pay a “heavy price” for another chemical attack indicates that it is considering a “significant military presence in Syria.” He calls the lack of coordination between the …

War

UAE military buildup draws scrutiny after Yemen allegations

CAIRO (AP) — With soccer sponsorships, record-setting skyscrapers and wintertime golfing, the United Arab Emirates has projected an image of comfort and opportunity in a volatile region. But the quiet expansion of its military footprint is drawing a different kind of attention to the Gulf …

Middle East

Chinese Premier Touts 'Unimaginable Job Growth'

DALIAN, China—Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made a strong defense of his signature program aimed at bolstering the country’s new economy as traditional drivers lose steam, saying the initiative has led to significant job creation.<p>The “mass entrepreneurship and innovation” program, put in place in 2014 …

World Economic Forum

White House Threatened Syria While Trump Yawned, Insiders Say

Tillerson secretly warned the Russians, and Kushner and Bannon were consulted before the White House rattled its saber. But the commander-in-chief was consumed with ‘fake news.’<p>Hours before the White House issued an ominous warning to Syria’s dictator against launching another chemical assault, …

World Leaders

Donald Trump's bloodlust for war in the Middle East risks chaos

After a surprise statement on Monday warning Syria about chemical weapons, it looks like the White House is looking for a reason to launch yet another war<p>Lost among the deluge of stories about the Russia investigation and the Republicans’ push to take healthcare away from millions of people, the …

World Politics

Donald Trump's lack of interest in Africa

In his first half year in office, the US president has spoken very little about Africa, except in the context of a budget proposal that demands deep …

Africa

China Will Not Accept Syrian Refugees Because It Wants Them to Return Home

As China becomes an increasingly active global player, Beijing offers financial support, but not open borders, for refugees, hoping they will return …

UNHCR

Syria may be prepping for another chemical weapons attack

The White House guarantees there will be a heavy price to pay if Syria conducts another chemical attack.

Syrian Civil War

How Bush, Obama and Trump ended Pax Americana

<i>David Rothkopf is author of “Great Questions of Tomorrow” (TED Books/Simon & Schuster, 2017). He is Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International …

Geopolitics

Don't Believe the Hype About European Defense

If you’re a Europe-based think tanker, policy wonk, or commentator, Donald Trump and Brexit are great for business. Just about every Brussels pundit …

International Relations