English Opinion

Information war

A world where the truth is losing1

Washington - Richard Stengel, the State Department's undersecretary for public diplomacy, bluntly states the problem that has been worrying him, and should worry us all: "In a global information war, how does the truth win?" The very idea that the truth won't be triumphant would, until recently, have been heresy to Stengel... weiter


The Middle East ponders how to deal with Donald Trump

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - What does Donald Trump's election mean for the Middle East? A group of prominent foreign ministers and policy experts gathered here last weekend to explore the election's implications for the world's most volatile region. The gathering, known as the "Sir Bani Yas" forum... weiter

"hotline"-style message

In confronting a meddling Russia, deterrence should come before detente

Washington - The White House sent a secret "hotline"-style message to Russia on Oct. 31 to warn against any further cybermeddling in the U.S. election process. Russia didn't escalate its tactics as Election Day approached, but U.S. officials aren't ready to say that deterrence worked. The previously undisclosed message was part of the high-stakes... weiter


Three big items left on Obama's agenda

Washington - President Obama should focus on three foreign policy challenges, post-election, to finish fights that began on his watch. These include setting rules for cyber behavior with Russia and other nations, pressing on toward Raqqa and the destruction of the Islamic State, and a "Hail Mary" effort to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)... weiter

seduction and abandonment

Middle East knows to be wary of America's promises

Washington - When America fights its wars in the Middle East, it has a nasty habit of recruiting local forces as proxies and then jettisoning them when the going gets tough or regional politics intervene. This pattern of "seduction and abandonment" is one of our least endearing characteristics. It's one reason the U.S... weiter

U.S. election

As our Election Day approaches, the world holds its breath

Washington - Making predictions three weeks before the U.S. election is risky, but the likeliest bet right now is that the center will hold in American politics and Hillary Clinton will be elected president. That's important for lots of reasons, the biggest of which is that it could begin to stabilize a very unsettled world... weiter

Beliebte Inhalte

  1. "We’re fortunate I’m a multi-billionaire"
  2. Procedures for the appointment of the Secretary-General
  3. Warning against populists and demagogues in Europe and U.S.
  1. "We’re fortunate I’m a multi-billionaire"