NEW YORK -- It's the annual gathering of world leaders in New York this week, and for most of them, it's time for group therapy. Around the globe, leaders of all stripes seem afflicted with the same malady: low approval ratings. Morgan Stanley's Ruchir Sharma has pointed out that the median approval rating for the leaders of the top 20 emerging ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Whether you put them in a basket or not, the question of this election is -- who are Donald Trump's supporters? One way to answer is to widen its scope beyond the United States. Trump is part of a broad populist trend running across the Western world. Over the last few decades, we have seen the rise of populism -- both left- and ...Read more
NEW YORK -- On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was driving on the Long Island Expressway, heading out to a friend's house to spend a few weeks working on a book. An hour into my drive, I switched from music to news and listened with horror to reports that two large passenger planes had crashed into the World Trade Center. I turned around ...Read more
As we are all consumed with the ups and downs on this bizarre campaign, President Barack Obama will make his last trip to Asia. The direct purpose of his trip to China is to attend a meeting of the G-20, but it is perhaps more importantly to breathe life into one of his big ideas -- the pivot to Asia. It is a genuinely important policy, but ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The Olympics are over and the verdict is in -- America won. The United States left Rio with the most gold, silver and bronze medals. The last time a single nation topped all three categories wasÂ 40 yearsÂ agoÂ (exceptÂ for boycotted games in 1980 and 1984).Â America's lead over the second-place finisherÂ was 51 medals,Â...Read more
NEW YORK -- For some of us, the puzzle of this election is not why Donald Trump is doing so badly but why he is doing so well. Given his obvious lack of qualifications, his absurd proposals, his hypocrisy, his obnoxious rhetoric, his sheer incompetence as a candidate, why is he not down 10 points in every state?
In other words, who are Trump's ...Read more
NEW YORK -- In recent days, I have had a dream: that America has a real Republican Party, a party offering a serious right-of-center alternative to the Democrats. Such a contest of ideas would improve the public debate and offer Americans a real choice, not the cartoon campaign we have today.
Donald Trump had the opportunity to reset his ...Read more
NEW YORK -- A few days ago, I was asked on CNN to make sense of one more case in which Donald Trump had said something demonstrably false and then explained it away with a caustic tweet and an indignant interview. I replied that there was a pattern here and a term for a person who did this kind of thing: a "bullshit artist." I got cheers and ...Read more
Hearing ThoughtsAnthony Diffley
Daniel Burke is a young New York City Assistant DA currently prosecuting a man for the murder of his wife. Even though her body was never found, there is enough circumstantial evidence to bring him to trial. Danny has his own doubts about whether or not this man is guilty of the crime but he ...
NEW YORK -- I came to America in 1982, attracted to the country and interested in its politics. Those were days of economic trauma (a deep recession) and national security fears. And I came from India, where the conventional wisdom was quasi-socialist and anti-American. Still, I found myself fascinated by Ronald Reagan and his Republican Party. ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Over the years, I have watched campaigns in third world countries in which one candidate accuses the other of being a criminal, sometimes even threatening to jail his opponent once elected. But I cannot recall this happening in any Western democracy until this week. The Republican convention has been colorful and chaotic, but above ...Read more
NEW YORK -- It has become conventional wisdom to note that Barack Obama has failed in his efforts to extricate America from military conflicts in the Middle East. Having promised to end these wars, he has in the last year expanded American interventions in Iraq, Syria and other countries. The troop drawdown in Afghanistan has slowed to a trickle...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If Tony Blair is remembered in history only for his support of the Iraq War, that will be a tragedy. The former British prime minister was one of his generation's most important political leaders, bringing the left out of the wilderness and reshaping it for the post-Cold War world. He remains remarkably prescient about politics. ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan have explained that their core rationale in supporting Donald Trump is that only he can ensure the success of conservative, free market ideas. The alternative, Ryan notes, is Hillary Clinton, who would simply continue Barack Obama's policies. One wonders how Ryan will continue to ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Once Donald Trump locked up the nomination, Republicans were confident about his next moves. He would tone down his rhetoric and pivot to the center. "Donald Trump understands that this is not a primary season anymore," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Trump aide Paul Manafort explained that the presumptive...Read more
NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton has had a good run in recent days. She delivered her best speech yet, secured the Democratic nomination, beat Bernie Sanders in California and received President Obama's endorsement. But will this last? Can she win in November?
There are scholars who believe that the outcome of a presidential election is determined ...Read more
NEW YORK -- As the conflict in Syria has raged and spilled over its borders, I have been skeptical that there is an American military solution to the complex political and religious problems at the heart of the crisis. I remain skeptical, and am glad that the Obama administration has been reluctant to engage in a large-scale humanitarian ...Read more