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October 5, 2018
Phoenix-Like, a New NAFTA Rises
There is a French phrase, "sauve les meubles" (save the furniture), that implies there has been a disaster ...
September 24, 2018
A Summer of Discontent for Prime Minister Trudeau
If Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been hearing a flapping sound recently, it would be from a ...
September 11, 2018
A Hero for the 21st Century?
Hero: A person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character, or (traditional) a warrior-chieftain of special strength, courage, or ability. If you are a reader of history, “heroes” play prominent roles: —Leonidas ...
September 1, 2018
Canada and Saudi Arabia at Loggerheads
When a house cat starts a fight with a wild cat, the results are unlikely to favor the ...
August 12, 2018
Deference to Media Waning Around the World
“Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel” credited to former Indiana Congressman Charles Bruce Brownson ...
July 30, 2018
Russia’s and China’s Leaders a Dangerous Duality
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping lead Russia and China—respectively the world’s second and third most powerful countries. Both ...
July 15, 2018
US and Russia Re-Re-Reset
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Winston Churchill The classic Churchill maxim remains ...
July 1, 2018
The United States, Canada, and the Tariff War
The U.S.–Canada bilateral relationship has often been described with the hoary maxim that “we are best friends—like it ...
June 18, 2018
Examining the Entrails of the Singapore Summit
The June 12–13 Singapore Summit is over. Now the partisan analysis begins. Is the “glass” half full? A ...
June 4, 2018
Italy’s and the EU’s Struggles Continue
In the United States, citizens with Italian national origin are the seventh largest ethnic group at 17.2 million. ...
May 24, 2018
The Enigma of North Korea
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Winston Churchill Churchill’s famous quote is less ...
May 7, 2018
France, the US, and Emmanuel Macron
Historically, the United States and France have had a love-hate relationship. One can argue that royalist France won ...
April 23, 2018
Japan Should Not Be a Second Thought in US Policy
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the United States from April 17 to 18, but the importance of ...
April 9, 2018
The Saudis Flex Their Muscles
For decades, the Saudis have been economic giants and political dwarfs. Throughout most of the post-World War II ...
March 26, 2018
Will the West Lose Turkey?
Relations between Turks and Western Europeans have always been fraught. It takes a bit of historical perspective to ...
March 12, 2018
The Difficulty of Ending Gun Violence in the United States
Although not the most costly mass shooting in terms of lives lost, the killing of 17 students in ...
February 26, 2018
The Pain of Ukraine Is Largely Forgotten
Approximately a year ago, David Kilgour and I examined the circumstances then extant in Ukraine. I noted that ...
January 30, 2018
The Philippines Struggles With Democracy
“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Winston Churchill Churchill had a knack ...
January 15, 2018
Rust Spots Gather on the Iron Chancellor II
Four months ago, the global consensus was that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was headed for easy reelection as ...
January 3, 2018
Japan Struggles to Define Itself
For over 70 years, Japan has struggled with a legacy of aggression stemming from its attacks on Pearl ...
December 19, 2017
Trade and the China Challenge
For centuries there was no question of trade being for “mutual benefit.” It was conducted under a “Beggar ...
December 5, 2017
Zimbabwe: A New Beginning?
The long national nightmare is over—or is it? There is a subdued sense the public exultation at President ...
November 21, 2017
Lebanon Poised on Edge of Cliff, Again
Throughout its modern existence, Lebanon has frequently teetered on the edge of disaster—and more than occasionally tumbled into ...
November 8, 2017
Secession: An Historic Struggle Between Central and Local Control
Secession rarely succeeds. The realities are cruel. Secessionists are romantic, poorly armed and led. Central governments are realistic, ...
Thinking About China
October 24, 2017
At Party Congress Xi Jinping Says China Will Lead
At the just completed 19th Party Congress (held once every five years), Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping ...
October 10, 2017
Kurdish Independence a Long Shot, But Possible
This time will the Kurds find a way? The Kurds are a “people,” an “ethnic group,” or dare ...
September 26, 2017
Aung San Suu Kyi Shows Feet of Clay
If there were statues to Aung San Suu Kyi outside of Burma, they would be surrounded by angry ...
Innovation Key to Sustaining America’s Competitiveness
WASHINGTON—The United States is back as the “most competitive economy” in the world, reclaiming the No. 1 spot ...
White House Counsel Don McGahn Exits After String of Judicial Confirmation Victories
President Donald Trump’s White House counsel, GOP establishment lawyer Donald F. McGahn II, resigned from his post Oct. ...
Trump Seeks to Remake 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Frustrated by Congress’s failure to break up the overworked, often-overruled U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, ...
Trump Vows to Cut More Red Tape to Fuel Economic Growth
WASHINGTON—Economists are divided over the impact of regulations on economic growth. The Trump administration, however, sees strong evidence ...