Michael D. Mosettig was the PBS NewsHour’s foreign affairs and defense editor from 1985 to 2012. He now travels the world, watches wonks push policy in Washington's multitude of think tanks and writes occasional dispatches on what those scholars and wannabe secretaries of state have in mind for Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Michael’s Recent Stories
World May 22Book Review: How Zbigniew Brzezinski became a foreign policy sage and focus of controversy
The life of former U.S. national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who also made numerous appearances on the PBS NewsHour, is now chronicled in a biography from French official and scholar Justin Vaisse.
World Apr 24Analysis: Trump and French President Macron’s unexpected friendship
The bond between the American and French leaders has led to some head scratching in Washington and European capitals given their disputes over issues ranging from the Iran nuclear accord to climate change.
Politics Apr 12Analysis: Pence carries Trump’s baggage to Latin America summit
Now it’s Vice President Mike Pence who will be carrying America's and President Donald Trump’s baggage to the Summit of the Americas in Peru later this week. But even before Mr. Trump canceled his scheduled trip to Lima to focus…
World Jan 31The campaign that changed how Americans saw the Vietnam War
The Tet Offensive began in stealth 50 years ago in Vietnam, but it ended up splashed on television sets all over America, helping to bring down the administration of President Lyndon Johnson.
World Aug 15Analysis: What’s at stake in NAFTA renegotiation?
The Trump administration starts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico on Wednesday.
World Jul 27Analysis: 64 years after the Korean War, the world’s coldest and most dangerous peace
Even after 60-plus years of a fragile peace, South Koreans are fully aware that their efforts to build a modern society and economy are constantly at risk of being turned quickly again into rubble, by accidents, blunders and miscues from…
World Feb 17Column: Trump wouldn’t like the media coverage in Mexico, either
MEXICO CITY -- A visitor to this capital from afar, or another planet, might think Donald Trump had been elected president of Mexico.
World Jul 08Will China respect international court’s South China Sea decision?
From Beijing to Washington and all across Asia, eyes will be on an obscure tribunal in the Hague this coming Tuesday. The panel's words could mark a decisive next step in the growing territorial disputes between China and its Southeast…
World May 06Column: Why the U.S. should care about the ‘Filipino Donald Trump’
This Monday, more than 40 million Filipinos will elect new leaders, from president to senators to mayors. And with a renewed U.S.-Filipino alliance, their choices could help determine how deeply America will be drawn into potential future conflicts, this time…
World Mar 24Two superpowers collide in the Pacific
At the center of debate and strategic discussions across Asia is the question of whether the region can accommodate two superpowers -- China and the United States.