The European Union's credibility already suffers when its leaders hold ambiguous attitudes toward Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US President Donald Trump. But continuing to waver over full-fledged autocrats, like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, will have even more serious costs.
The landslide re-election of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, reflects the by now familiar pattern of continuity and change that has characterized Iran’s major elections over the last two decades. But it also stands out in one key way: Rouhani has remained popular despite pursuing painful macroeconomic stabilization.
India and Japan are demonstrating that Asia’s major powers can frustrate Chinese ambitions without the US. To see this dynamic at work, look no further than Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent declaration that Japan will continue to push ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
According to a Chinese proverb, “To feed the ambition in your heart is like carrying a tiger under your arm.” The further Xi carries China’s “one belt, one road” initiative, the more likely it is to bite him.
In past decades, Asian countries reaped a demographic dividend from a young, expanding workforce and strong growth policies. But the region is aging remarkably fast, and advanced and emerging economies alike are now at risk of growing old before ever becoming rich.
The American people can escape from the ordeal of Donald Trump’s presidency in one of three ways. But if and when they do is an irreducibly political question, not one that hinges on legal possibilities.
The world is about to mark the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria – a conflict that continues to stand out in a region with a modern history largely defined by violence. The war lasted less than a week, but its legacy remains pronounced a half-century later.
One explanation for today’s stagnation focuses on growing angst about new technologies that could eventually replace many or most of our jobs, fueling massive economic inequality. People may be increasingly reluctant to spend today because they have vague fears about their employability tomorrow.
As Donald Trump’s first foreign trip as president proceeds, the turmoil generated by his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing inquiry into his election campaign’s ties with Russia are following him. Nowhere will the events in Washington weigh more heavily than in Brussels, where Trump will meet with NATO leaders.
Pushing for the creation of a fiscal union without a political union could forever block the road to European unification, and set the people of Europe against one another more than the euro ever did. If French President Emmanuel Macron really wants to unite Europe, he should focus on strengthening defense partnerships.
In the 1980s, the US did not formulate its policy toward the Soviet bloc without careful consideration of political developments there. It would be folly for the US to formulate policy on Iran without giving domestic developments there the attention they deserve.
Because changing technologies and trade patterns can be both beneficial and disruptive, countries must strike a balance between the abstract principle of openness and concrete measures to limit their negative impact. To this end, policymakers should be mindful of not just how but when they implement structural reforms.
Just a few months ago, it seemed that Russians had fully surrendered to the Kremlin’s “soft despotism,” characterized by the jailing or silencing of opponents. But recent protests suggest that Russians still have some fight left in them.
Mark Green, who was recently nominated to head the US Agency for International Development, has been hailed by advocates of aid and diplomacy. To advance his goals, Green would do well to increase the role of science and technology in development practice, building on the work of Barack Obama’s administration.
The incumbent Hassan Rouhani has won a landslide victory in Iran’s presidential election, meaning that it is he who will be dealing with an antagonistic US President Donald Trump. But if Trump makes good on his vow to withdraw the US from the international nuclear deal with Iran, Rouhani's moderate forces will be in serious trouble.
Prioritizing spending alternatives is difficult in every country. But it is especially challenging in Haiti, where, following years of fractious politics, a newly elected government is striving to expand the economy and improve wellbeing while confronting the lingering consequences of the massive 2010 earthquake.
Like telling a secret to a friend, sharing intelligence with an ally is an act of faith. By disclosing intelligence provided by a US ally to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, President Donald Trump indicated that he cannot safely be trusted – and thus caused profound damage to US national security.
US President Donald Trump surely has plenty to worry about at home nowadays. But his administration’s focus on its domestic political problems, together with its lack of a coherent Asia policy, threatens to empower one of the world’s most dangerous regimes and imperil an economically vital – and strategically unstable – region.
South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has his work cut out for him. Though North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior will likely continue to dominate headlines, the success of Moon’s presidency will hinge largely upon the success of his economic policies.