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[Leonid Bershidsky] The EU’s Brexit strategy: Play for time

A leaked European Union paper outlining the bloc’s initial negotiating position in Brexit talks hints at a clever zero-sum strategy. The EU’s main goal is to deter other potential exiters and offloa...

Updated : 2017.04.24 17:22

Trump’s not horrible immigration order

Based on his inflammatory -- and familiar -- rhetoric regarding immigration and the “theft of American prosperity” that Donald Trump spouted in a campaign-style appearance in Wisconsin last week, one might assume the “America First” president was putting the hammer down on the controve...

Updated : 2017.04.24 17:21

[Kavi Chongkittavorn] Myanmar’s policy shifts toward major powers

In the first half of this year, China has made impressive diplomatic inroads throughout Southeast Asia, taking advantage of the lack of policy clarity coming from the new US administration of Presiden...

Updated : 2017.04.24 17:08

[Cynthia M. Allen] Millennial generation may be more traditional than thought

When people describe members of the millennial generation -- usually considered those born between 1982 and 2000 -- a lot of adjectives get thrown around: lazy, entitled, irresponsible, selfish, unambitious. Some of these critiques seem warranted given that one in three young Americans li...

Updated : 2017.04.24 17:07

How the US can win the alms race

In the 21st century, human misery has become something of a growth industry. Conflicts have driven the number of displaced people to an all-time high; last December, the United Nations launched a record appeal for humanitarian aid; three months later, citing impending famines in several Af...

Updated : 2017.04.24 17:06

[Jeffrey D. Sachs] Will economic illiteracy trigger trade war?

Nearly 100 days after US President Donald Trump took office, he and his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, continue to commit an economic fallacy that first-year economics students learn to avoid. They ...

Updated : 2017.04.23 17:00

Sacre bleu! Why the French election matters for US

There may be revolution in the air in France, but not the Bastille kind. Winds of change are howling through the country from Calais to Cannes, and they could replace European unity with circle-the-wagons nationalism. More so than any other election in Europe this year, France’s presiden...

Updated : 2017.04.23 16:57

[Stephen Holmes] Trump’s dangerous blank check

The US Department of Defense’s decision to drop an 11-ton Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb over a remote Islamic State redoubt in Afghanistan does not reflect a coherent counterterrorism policy. As ma...

Updated : 2017.04.23 16:57

Why the Paris accord matters

Donald Trump has been president for only three months and already he’s given up or reversed course or been stymied on a wide range of campaign promises. Given how awful some of those ideas were -- ending Obamacare, declaring China a currency manipulator, ordering a blanket federal hiring ...

Updated : 2017.04.23 16:56

[Noah Smith] Workers made Germany into the world’s best economy

Let’s hope US policy makers have woken up to the fact that the country is in a period of sclerosis, where its economic institutions seem to be inefficient along a variety of fronts. When things aren’t working, one good idea is to look around and see which countries are doing better. Righ...

Updated : 2017.04.23 16:54

[Doyle McManus] Saber rattling, then pivot to NK?

It wasn’t particularly graceful. It wasn’t easy on the nerves. But it’s just possible that the Trump administration has executed an important diplomatic pivot on North Korea -- from chest-beating b...

Updated : 2017.04.21 17:03

[Jay Ambrose] China deal to remember concerning NK

It’s tricky and scary, this business of trying to get North Korea’s tyrannical regime to give up its nuclear ambitions. Scarier still would be an inane go-ahead signal, the kind of thing, for instance, we got under the Clinton administration. Say about him what you will, but President Do...

Updated : 2017.04.21 17:01

[Leonid Bershidsky] Why big cities will ultimately prevail

The growing divide between urbanites and rural residents is shaping politics everywhere, from Brexit to the rise of Donald Trump. On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received a mandate f...

Updated : 2017.04.20 17:36

[David Ignatius] Trump could learn from Harry Truman

The only modern president who rivaled Donald Trump in his lack of preparation for global leadership was Harry Truman. Both men took office with little knowledge of the international problems they were...

Updated : 2017.04.20 17:36

[Other view] Free trade with South Korea is working

On leaving South Korea this week, US Vice President Mike Pence offered a warning: A landmark free-trade deal between the two countries is now under review. Since the deal took effect, he said, the US trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled. This is a wrongheaded complaint and...

Updated : 2017.04.20 17:36