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
NEW YORK -- Let's imagine that the opponents of the nuclear agreement with Iran get their way. The United States Congress kills it. What is the most likely consequence? Within one year, Iran would have more than 25,000 centrifuges, its breakout time would shrink to mere weeks, and the sanctions against it would crumble. How is this in America's ...Read more
NEW YORK -- In selling the nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration has been careful to point out that it is just an agreement on nuclear issues. "[The deal] solves one particular problem," President Obama explained in his news conference on Wednesday. And supporters and critics alike are quick to suggest that this move is quite ...Read more
NEW YORK -- A meeting this past Tuesday near Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad could possibly mark the beginning of the end of America's longest war -- the conflict in Afghanistan, which will enter its 15th year this fall. A delegation from the Afghan government met with members of the Taliban -- with Pakistani, Chinese and U.S. officials ...Read more
SINGAPORE -- In January 2007, not long after George W. Bush announced his surge of troops into Iraq, I happened to be having lunch with a Chinese friend who is a well-connected member of the Communist Party. I asked him how the news was being received in Beijing. He replied in words to the effect of: "We would hope that you would send the entire...Read more
NEW YORK -- In thinking about America's enduring racial divide, I found myself intrigued by some lessons from an unlikely source -- Singapore. To help prepare for a trip there next week (as a guest of the National University of Singapore, I asked the country's deputy prime minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, what he regarded as the country's ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I am an optimist, both by temperament and observation. But I maintain my hopeful outlook partly because I know that less optimistic people will regularly see problems and challenges and sound the alarms -- to which we will respond. Pope Francis has issued just such a warning with his encyclical on the environment.
The document is ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Of the many unnerving aspects of the future of the Middle East, a nuclear arms race would top the list. And it is to feed that unease that Saudi Arabia has been periodically dropping hints that, if Iran's nuclear ambitions go unchecked, it might just have to get nuclear weapons itself. Last week, the Saudi ambassador to London made ...Read more
Rory: King of PetlaJennifer Zartman
Rory Anderson, an epic-nerd on an ordinary science field trip, is pulled through a portal into Zed, a place outside of time. His perception of reality shifts, and the King of the Fountain of Life commissions him as an ambassador to Petla, a place in another galaxy. He arrives wearing the ...
NEW YORK -- It turns out that Republicans in Washington are united on one issue -- their hatred of Rand Paul. John McCain says that he is "the worst possible candidate ... on the most important issue." Marco Rubio opines that "he has no idea what he's talking about." Lindsey Graham concludes that it would be "devastating" for the party to ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter did misspeak last week with remarks that caused a firestorm in both Washington and Baghdad. He explained the Islamic State's takeover of Ramadi by saying, "Iraqi forces showed no will to fight." He just forgot to complete the sentence by adding the words, "for Iraq."
It's clear that there are many ...Read more
LONDON -- On Monday, the Right Honorable David Cameron, prime minister of Great Britain, gave his first major speech after being re-elected to his high office -- once held by Pitt, Gladstone, Disraeli, Lloyd George, Churchill, and Thatcher. Confronting a world of challenges -- from Greece's possible exit from the euro, a massive migration crisis...Read more
SEATTLE -- The two most powerful forces that have transformed the world in recent decades have been the expansion of globalization and the information revolution. These two great engines have been chugging away, integrating Asia into the global system and ushering in a digital age that is now invading every corner of life. Democratic opposition ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Israel's new coalition government, formed with the slimmest possible majority in its parliament, likely means that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will act even more cautiously than he has in the past. This is a tragedy because Israel faces an extraordinary strategic opportunity.
At first glance, it might seem absurd to speak ...Read more
NEW YORK -- Reading about the short, troubled life of Freddie Gray -- who suffered lead poisoning as a child, was arrested for drug offenses more than a dozen times, and eventually died in police custody nearly two weeks ago in Baltimore -- I recalled a description of this world of young men, mostly black, trapped in America's criminal justice ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The discussion of Hillary Clinton's candidacy has, so far, thoroughly explored her video announcement, restaurant choices, clothes, health, ethics and, of course, husband. Relatively little attention has been devoted to her ideas -- or the ones that should animate her campaign. The easiest way for Hillary Clinton to change the ...Read more
NEW YORK -- The Obama administration's foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East -- negotiating the Iran deal, sending special forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to Asia?
Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot was that the United States...Read more
NEW YORK -- At the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is a simple question: Is Iran rational? The answer for many critics of the deal is self-evident. The Iranians are "apocalyptic," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said, warning that you can't "bet on their rationality." Sen. Lindsey Graham says "I think ...Read more