Henry Kissinger

Trump's entire Middle East strategy hinges on a threat that doesn't exist

• <b>President Donald Trump has appeared to have embraced the view that Iran is a potential hegemon poised to dominate the Middle East.</b>• <b><br>Yet this ongoing full-court press against Iran makes little sense.</b>• <b><br>Iran presently lacks the hard power a state would need to dominate the Middle East’s vast and deeply</b> …

Geopolitics

The Secret to Henry Kissinger’s Success

Many think the retired diplomat’s closeness to one man—Richard Nixon—was the source of his power. That gets Kissinger dangerously wrong.<p>About halfway through writing my biography of Henry Kissinger, an interesting hypothesis occurred to me: Did the former secretary of state owe his success, fame …

Politics

Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card

How the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy and his lack of security clearance, became Beijing’s primary point of interest.<p>In early 2017, shortly after Jared Kushner moved into his new office in the West Wing of the White House, he began receiving guests. One visitor who …

World Leaders

Does Gender Matter?

When I was 14 years old, I had an unusually talented maths teacher. One day after school, I excitedly pointed him out to my mother. To my amazement, …

Gender

Crying 'Fake News' Is Trump At His Most Nixonian

In countless ways, Donald Trump has stolen shamelessly from Richard Nixon.<p>On the campaign trail, Trump recycled the precise slogans of his Republican predecessor, assuring voters that he was the “law and order” candidate who would be a tireless champion of “the silent majority.” But it wasn’t just …

Donald Trump

Dead Drop: January 19

<b>MOBY TWIST:</b> The “electronic musician” known as “Moby” has come up with a whale of a tale. Moby’s real name is Richard Melville Hall and he apparently …

Dick Durbin

Editorials from around New England

Editorials from around New England:<p>MASSACHUSETTS<p>The (Springfield) Republican, Jan. 18<p>You could think of it as detente — with an asterisk.<p>Athletes and …

Business

The Rise Of China And Its Investment Implications

<i>By Jeremy Schwartz</i><p>At a time when global geopolitical tension, particularly in Asia, is high, it was a pleasure to speak with two China experts on our …

Business

Boss Tweet’s Generals Already Run the Show

Photo by Jim Mattis | CC by 2.0Much has been written about our Twitterer-in-Chief and the tortured response to his presidency, particularly within …

Donald Trump

Turf for ‘New Cold War’ Shifts to Elections in Eastern Europe

During the Cold War, chess became symbolic of the superpower conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. The game is still being played …

Russia

‘Fire and Fury’ sheds light on Trump’s change of heart on China policies

For those who have paid attention to then-candidate, then-president-elect, then-President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on China, the change could not have …

Donald Trump

From Leonardo da Vinci to Steve Jobs: The Benefits of Being a Misfit

Wharton professor Adam Grant interviews Walter Issacson about his biography on Leonardo da Vinci. The biggest takeaway: "Stay curious about …

Success

Commentary: I’m a Korean American. Why Is Trump Questioning How American I Am?

The recent story of President Donald Trump reportedly asking a Korean American intelligence officer where her “people” were from is all too familiar …

U.S. House of Representatives

Jan. 27, 1973: Paris Peace Accords signed, signaling the end of the Vietnam War

Representative from the United States, South Vietnam, Viet Cong, and North Vietnam signed the peace agreement.

Vietnam

Trump is not the first president to bash the media—but he might be the worst

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. …

Liberal View

The Answers Are Out There

Contrary to conventional wisdom, solutions to many of the world’s toughest problems already exist — you just need to know where to look for …

Economics

Is Arab Democracy Possible?

In his new book, Realism and Democracy, Elliott Abrams holds out hope that the Islamists will lose the battle for the soul of the Arab world.<p><i>Editor’s</i> …

Foreign Policy

Trump Ain’t New: A tracking of racist US presidents

Some have called <b>Donald Trump</b> the most racist U.S. president in modern times, if not the most racist president ever, for his crude and highly …

Racism

Networks and Hierarchies in the Trump Era: An Interview with Niall Ferguson

From the World Economic Forum to the annual Bilderberg Summit, Niall Ferguson buzzes through powerful networks. A senior fellow at Stanford …

Business

Chris Christie said he was 'tired' of the 'crazies.' Did he join them?

Chris Christie was delivering his last speech as the 55th governor of New Jersey, recounting for a mostly adoring crowd why he first ran for the …

Elections

Hawaii's Nuclear Wakeup Call (and Why We Should Take MLK's Advice)

<b>We are closer to a nuclear disaster</b> than at anytime since 1995. And it is going to get worse.<p>What is it like to live on the nuclear brink? For …

Mika Brzezinski

Trump Turns On Pakistan

Henry Kissinger rightly noted that it’s often more dangerous being an ally of the United States than its enemy. The latest victim of this sad truism …

Liberal View

The middle-aged men of the press must keep pace with seismic social change, or be left behind

Defensive, self-interested reporting of equality campaigns will leave national newspapers looking behind the curve<p>Hear that rumble; feel that tremor. It’s tectonic plates shifting. 2017 was a year of aggressive activism. 2018 will be even more so.<p>Equality and social justice campaigns have …

Banking (UK)

Smart Roman mayors know it's a law of life here: 'Beware the Pope!'

ROME – Most of the time, Romans look at a pope for what he is: The leader of the universal church and a key player on the global stage, whose frame …

Christianity

Obama's stern warning for Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> During a conversation with David Letterman on his new Netflix program, former President Barack Obama issued a stern warning for the current commander in chief: "One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did, was part of your ability to lead the country doesn't …

Opinion

Historians Call Trump’s ‘Sh*thole’ Comment ‘The Most Openly Racist by a President in Decades’

As outrage continues to pour in over President Donald Trump calling Haiti, El Salvador, and several African countries “shithole countries,” a new …

Donald Trump

How Nixon used the U.S.-Mexico drug trade to demonize activists and African Americans

Operation Intercept caused racial and political division, and forced Mexico to bend to America’s will<p>In 1968, Richard Nixon began campaigning for the …

Culture

The ‘Freakonomics’ of pastrami

<i>Upper West Sider Stephen J. Dubner has spun 2005’s “Freakonomics,” the best-selling book series about the economics of everything, into a media</i> …

Lifestyle

Trump's No Isolationist. Is That a Good Thing?

A Q&A with Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass on soft power, sovereign obligation and America First.<p>Remember when Donald Trump's unlikely presidential victory meant a return to Republican isolationism of the 1920s and '30s? Or worse? Well, a funny thing happened on our way to the …

Opinion

Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates Think Everyone Should Read These 14 Books

As the world’s most powerful begin to think about travel plans and what to pack for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos later this month, they …

Books