For the West, failed states are a problem. For China, they’re an opportunity.
You’ve probably heard by now that China, in its bid to lock in access to energy and mineral riches in far-flung corners of the world, is causing heartburn for the legions of do-gooders working to turn the world’s most fragile countries into [...]
Notice the aggressiveness coming out of Russia and the weakness coming out of America. Putin is angry, but the U.S. state department hopes this won’t hurt relations. Is this insanity or what?
It is the U.S. that should be angry. It is the U.S. that should be punishing Russia and damaging relations. It is the [...]
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah probably refrained from expressing at least half this sentiment in his meeting today with President Obama: On June 5, he reportedly told French Defense Minister Hervé Morin that “There are two countries in the world that do not deserve to exist: Iran and Israel.”
Mr. Mosier, one of the more entertainingly contrarian military historians writing today, convincingly dashes these myths – and more – in an important and groundbreaking book about the Eastern front. A reviewer of one of his earlier books writes that Mr. Mosier “tosses military history hand grenades on almost every page…” Such grenades certainly resonate [...]
“What better way to divert attention from a sanctions regime than by starting another Middle East war?” the ambassador, historian and author Michael Oren, asked. Iran might respond to severe restrictions on its ability to buy gasoline and finance its state-owned companies by returning to the negotiating table, or use its connections to Hezbollah and [...]
You are the leader of a strong Middle Eastern state. You have fairly solid intelligence that your most formidable adversary is about to acquire nuclear weapons. The leaders of this rival nation, while uttering pious but ambiguous statements to the contrary, have spared no effort to ensure that no one believes them. The superpower friendly [...]
In remarks that could further strain peace efforts, Israel’s foreign minister said Tuesday that there was no chance that a Palestinian state would be established in the next two years.
“I’m an optimistic person, but there is absolutely no chance of reaching a Palestinian state by 2012,” said the minister, Avigdor Lieberman. “One can dream [...]
The emergence of China as a nascent scientific superpower raises questions about the U.S. relationship with Beijing. Ever since the United States opened the door to Chinese students in the 1970s, hundreds of thousands have flocked to America. Most have studied science or engineering and have been welcomed in research institutions across the land. But [...]
“Taiwan will become more dependent on mainland policies, markets and business connections for its economic development,” said James Sung, a political scientist at City University of Hong Kong. “Taiwan, whether it is the KMT or the opposition regime, will have to think about the economic benefits it enjoys when it comes to making political decisions.”
Yet a closer look at the FBI’s investigation shows a sloppy Russian operation that appears to have gathered little in terms of solid information. The FBI tracked the receipt for a mobile phone bought by Anna Chapman, an alleged conspirator caught in New York, the day before her arrest on Sunday. The address she gave [...]