International

01/22/2017 - 9:00am

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

    "I never said Trump was 'brilliant,'" he might say. "That was a poor translation...

12/31/2016 - 9:00am

    President Barack Obama will have to wait until after he leaves office to see if some of his most touted foreign-policy achievements - such as the opening to Cuba and the Iranian nuclear deal - survive his presidency. But even before he exits, it is already obvious that his signature policy in East Asia...

12/30/2016 - 10:00am

    As Beijing and more than 20 other cities in northern China have been plunged into another winter air-pollution crisis, with choking, toxic air and many people afraid to wander outside, observers wonder when China will start making significant progress on this problem. But there is some good news, namely...

12/28/2016 - 10:00am

    "Responsibility for this brutality lies in one place alone, with the Assad regime and its allies, Russia and Iran," President Obama said last week of the barbarity in Aleppo, Syria, "and this blood and these atrocities are on their hands."

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12/27/2016 - 8:00pm

    Spring has come early to the South China Sea. Many analysts had assumed that China would do something to test the newly elected president once he was in office. George W. Bush faced an earlier incident when a Chinese frigate nearly rammed the USNS Bowditch in March 2001 and the spy plane collision a few...

12/25/2016 - 5:00pm

    Donald Trump has picked Larry Kudlow to be the chair of his Council of Economic Advisers. This will doubtless annoy many economists and policy wonks because Kudlow isn't an economist -- he didn't even major in econ in college. He's an econ commentator, much like me, but without the academic...

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