International

12/18/2014 - 4:16am

    The Greek fiscal crisis erupted five years ago, and its side effects continue to inflict immense damage on Europe and the world. But I'm not talking about the side effects you may have in mind - spillovers from Greece's Great Depression-level slump or financial contagion to other debtors. No, the...

11/20/2014 - 2:50pm

    As a presidential candidate seven years ago, Barack Obama shook up the foreign policy world by declaring that he favored "direct diplomacy" to reshape U.S. relations with long-standing adversaries like Syria, Cuba and North Korea. Critics,...

11/20/2014 - 2:49pm

    When trying to make sense of the Middle East, one of the most important rules to keep in mind is this: What politicians here tell you in private is usually irrelevant. What matters most, and what explains their behavior more times than not, is what they say...

11/20/2014 - 2:36pm

    It's easy to be cynical about summit meetings. Often they're just photo ops, and the photos from the latest Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, which had world leaders looking remarkably like the cast of "Star Trek," were especially...

11/20/2014 - 2:31pm

    No consequence of the Berlin Wall's crumbling on Nov. 9, 1989, is more astonishing than that hideous structure's conversion from a source of German shame to a source of German pride. Formerly obsessed with the sad fact the Wall ever went up, Germans...

11/20/2014 - 2:29pm

    One of the hallmarks of the Age of Fear in which we live is that everywhere we turn there are not only new threats, but with the arrival of each one there is also a vast orchestra of technologies available to make it roar and rumble and make us tremble. The...

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