Thomas Friedman

07/21/2014 - 1:27am

    From Ukraine to the Middle East, some bad actors - Hamas, Vladimir Putin and Israeli settlers to name but a few - are trying to bury the future with the past and divide people. Instead of focusing on them even more, I prefer to write about a company that is burying the past with the future, and actually bringing strangers together.

    Last year, I...

05/12/2014 - 5:32am

    By an accident of scheduling, I've visited Kiev and Hanoi in the last couple weeks, and it's been accidentally extremely revealing. Ukraine is a middle power living next to a giant bear, and Vietnam is a middle power living next to a giant tiger. Ukraine is struggling with how to deal with a declining...

05/08/2014 - 9:19pm

    Up to now, Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, has been playing a weak hand in Ukraine very well. I mean, how strong are you when your allies insist on wearing masks? But Putin thinks he knows his adversaries better than they know themselves. He thinks the Americans will never be serious about energy, that...

05/04/2014 - 11:49pm

    While you can talk about Ukraine until the cows come home, this story is 95 percent about Vladimir Putin and how he has chosen to define Russia's interests. The truth is, Russia and its neighbors need a different definition of Russia's interests. That, however, raises a series of questions: Can Moscow...

05/04/2014 - 10:55pm

    There has been a festival of commentary of late bemoaning the pusillanimous foreign policy of President Barack Obama. If only we had a president who rode horses shirtless, wrestled a tiger or took a bite out of a neighboring country, we'd all feel much safer. Your Honor, I rise in - partial - defense of Mr....

04/27/2014 - 11:35pm

    Sometimes the simplest question speaks the biggest truth. I was meeting with some Maidan activists here in Kiev last week, and we were talking about Russian President Vladimir Putin's insistence that Ukraine was part of Russia's traditional "sphere of influence" and "buffer zone" with...

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