NEW YORK -- The recent controversies on American campuses from Yale to the University of Missouri have been sad to watch. They reveal a country of chasms, in which ethnic and racial groups see, experience and speak of the world so differently. I find it difficult to comment confidently on what triggered the outrage among so many minority ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Today's conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump's best days are behind him and that his poll numbers will soon begin to descend. Maybe. But Trump has come to represent something fundamental about the Republican Party -- the growing gap between its leaders and its political constituency. Even if he disappears, this gap is reshaping ...Read more
NEW YORK -- "The most important contest in the world right now is between the ISIS model and the Tunisian model," said Rachid Ghannouchi, who was visiting New York this week. "It's not between Islam and the West. It's between ISIS and us." Ghannouchi is the intellectual leader of Ennahda, Tunisia's Islamist party that, despite winning the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Justin Trudeau's sweeping victory in Canada could be read as one more indication that voters in the Western world are moving left -- and toward populism. The last year has seen the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Britain's Labour Party. In the United States, Bernie Sanders, a self-professed "democratic socialist," has shaken...Read more
NEW YORK -- Vladimir Putin has America's foreign policy establishment swooning. One columnist admires the "decisiveness" that has put him "in the driver's seat" in the Middle East. A veteran diplomat notes gravely, "It's the lowest ebb since World War II for U.S. influence and engagement in the region." A sober-minded pundit declares, "Not since...Read more
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NEW YORK -- Recent setbacks in Afghanistan -- from the fall of Kunduz to the errant U.S. bombing of a hospital in that city -- once again raise a question. Why, after 14 years of American military efforts, is Afghanistan still so fragile? The country has a democratically elected government widely viewed as legitimate. Poll after poll suggests ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Vladimir Putin has been able to act forcefully in Syria not because he's bolder or more decisive than Barack Obama but because he has a clearer strategy. Putin has an ally, the Assad government. He has enemies, the opponents of the government. He supports his ally and fights those enemies. By comparison, Washington and the West are ...Read more
NEW YORK -- I am not a Christian. But growing up in India, I was immersed in the religion. I attended Catholic and Anglican schools from ages 5 to 18, at which we would sing hymns, recite prayers, and study the Scriptures. And the words and actions of Pope Francis have reminded me what I, as an outsider, have always admired deeply about ...Read more
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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's presidential bid is centered on the promise of his personal talents. He says he's the "most successful person ever to run for the presidency, by far." (George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower, sit down!) But if there is an idea animating his candidacy, it is that America is being badly beaten by its economic ...Read more
MUNICH -- Of the 4 million Syrian men, women, and children who have fled their country, the Obama administration wants the U.S. to take in 10,000 over the next year. Britain has promised that it will revise its policy and resettle up to 20,000 over the next five years. And then there is Germany, where an estimated 800,000 asylum-seekers will ...Read more
NEW YORK -- As 17 Republican candidates try to get noticed, and 16 of them struggle to compete with The Donald, perhaps we should not be surprised to hear crazy rhetoric and outlandish ideas. In recent days, Chris Christie has proposed that all legal visitors to the United States be tracked every minute, like FedEx packages. Mike Huckabee has ...Read more
NEW YORK -- While we have been watching the Islamic State and discussing Iran, something much bigger is happening in the world. We are witnessing a historic fall in the price of oil, down more than 50 percent in less than a year. When a similar drop happened in the 1980s, the Soviet Union collapsed. What will it mean now?
Nick Butler, the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Dear Sen. Schumer,
When you announced your decision to vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran, you explained your reasons in a nearly 1,700-word statement that is thoughtful in substance and civil in tone. And yet, in the end, I found it unpersuasive.
I believe that the agreement is flawed. But it is the most intrusive, ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Many critics of the nuclear deal with Iran believe that the problem lies in the very disposition of the president. "A very, very naive man who does not know how the world works," says Rick Perry. "Dangerously naive," notes Lindsey Graham. In fact, Obama is not naive, but disposition does matter. Obama is an optimist -- about the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Since 9/11, America has responded aggressively to the danger of terrorism, taking extraordinary measures, invading two countries, launching military operations in many others, and spending over $800 billion on homeland security. Americans have accepted an unprecedented expansion of government powers and invasions of their privacy to ...Read more