Analysis: Tipping the scales of political power in Iraq

Highlights Iraq’s political parties will have to balance the financial and political support they accept from external patrons such as Iran, Turkey and the Gulf states with the kind of nationalism voters in the country increasingly demand.   To that end, Iraq’s major Shiite parties will try to downplay their ties to Iran and promote […]

Trump’s weakness against Putin is on display again

BY Michael McFaul I’m trying hard to keep an open mind about President Trump, but it closed just a little further after his flippant comments about expulsion of employees at U.S. diplomatic missions in Russia. In response to a question about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s outrageous demand to reduce U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia by […]

How to take down Kim Jong Un without firing a shot

Stop saying there are no good options on North Korea. Here’s how to  end the threat once and for all—without firing a shot. By TOM MALINOWSKI At my Senate confirmation hearing a few years ago, I made a promise to the panel deciding my fate: never to use the phrase “there are no good options.” After […]

Does Russia Want A Cold War?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded strongly to increasing U.S. sanctions of Russia following the nation’s attempt to influence the result of the 2016 election in favor of President Donald Trump. Putin announced Sunday that 755 American embassy and consulate staffers would be ejected from the country, and promised further action. The removal of those […]

Putin’s Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly

A little more than a year after the Russian effort to interfere in the American presidential election came to light, the diplomatic fallout — an unraveling of the relationship between Moscow and Washington on a scale not seen in decades — is taking its toll. President Vladimir V. Putin bet that Donald J. Trump, who […]

The secret weapon that could redeem Sean Spicer

It hasn’t been easy being Sean Spicer for the past six months. Called on to defend the indefensible from day one — remember those outlandish, inaccurate claims about the inauguration crowd numbers? — he has watched his credibility be reduced to rubble. In return for his loyalty, he has been mocked on late night TV […]

Analysis of Macron’s invitation to Trump: Keep your enemies closer

PARIS — This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. If the potential for a productive relationship between President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron initially seemed a scant possibility, Trump’s whirlwind Bastille Day visit to France suggested that the two may be en route to establishing a partnership of the kind the U.S. […]

Trump has the most to gain or lose at the G-20 summit

This weekend’s summitry will be complicated by the interaction of so many big egos, all looking for a “win.” Trump is the most volatile personality, prone to respond impulsively when he feels cornered. Trump is the least experienced of the group. Given his unpopularity at home and with most traditional U.S. allies, he has the most […]