August 29, 2014
Many U.S. officials fear the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is planning to attack the United States by crossing the porous southern border with Mexico. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has already warned that the militants probably are lying in wait in some U.S. border towns. Mexico dismisses the talk as “absurd,” but it does so little to police its own border that three Ukrainians with long criminal records easily walked into Texas recently.
New Nightmares: ISIS Crossing Border; Sleeper Cells in US
Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Jabhat al-Nusra pose on a road in northern Iraq. (Getty Images)
Dueling Trade Deals Pit US Against China at Asia Summit
October 24, 2013
As the biggest regional gathering in the Pacific Rim wound down this month, the absence of the U.S. president created a political vacuum that Beijing sought to fill. Competing visions of regional trade terms — one led by Washington, the other favored by China — have sprung up, but with the United States consumed by domestic crises Beijing appears to have the upper hand.
Russia, China Outmaneuvering  America in Its Own Backyard
October 24, 2013
China and Russia appear to be taking advantage of U.S. foreign policy distractions to set up shop in America’s backyard. Resource-rich Latin America is proving to be an irresistible opportunity for Beijing and Moscow, which are keen to expand their business portfolios while indirectly challenging the United States within its sphere of influence.
How Muslim Brotherhood Blew Its Arab Spring Opportunity
October 23, 2013
Among all the ultra-orthodox Muslim organizations, the one that seemed most likely to take over many of the countries involved in the Arab Spring was the Muslim Brotherhood, due to its lengthy history and organizational skills. Indeed, the Brotherhood succeeded in taking over two of the original Arab Spring countries, Tunisia and Egypt, through relatively honest elections. It also dominated Hamas-controlled Gaza and was looked upon benignly by Washington and Brussels at the beginning of the year. Now, months later, the Brotherhood lies in tatters.
Greek Bailout Addiction Could Prolong European Crisis
October 23, 2013
Despite a mildly improving economy, Greece’s ongoing financial woes remain a major obstacle to the recovery of the 17-member eurozone. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras may have little choice but to ask for a third international bailout should the country struggle to make ends meet next year, sowing continued uncertainty across the Continent.
Surprising Snub of UN Security Council Hurts House of Saud
October 23, 2013
Saudi Arabia caused an international furor on Friday when it rejected its hard-earned seat in the United Nations Security Council merely hours after it was voted in. But the Saudis’ decision, reiterated on Tuesday, is unlikely to have an impact in the long term because they voluntarily gave up the political influence they would have gained by being a Security Council member.
African Anger Grows Against International Criminal Court
October 22, 2013
Simmering resentment of the International Criminal Court by African states that accuse it of being biased against them soared to a new level recently as the ICC prepares to try Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on charges of crimes against humanity. The dispute could seriously undermine support for the controversial court in Africa and around the world.
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