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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.
World Nov 05Between the Middle East and U.S., a growing gulf
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Rarely do gatherings of international policy wonks and officials produce defining or crystallizing moments.
World Oct 27An Indonesian visitor under fire
When international leaders come to the White House, a military band often plays ruffles and flourishes and their country's national anthem. For Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, a more appropriate tune would have been the Platters' classic, "Smoke Gets in Your…
World Oct 20Lessons learned from Cuban Missile Crisis, not so much in South Asia
Just about anyone with the slightest connection to the Cuban Missile Crisis 53 years ago has penned their recollections, including me. But few of those who were around then, and certainly subsequent generations, have much recall of a simultaneous conflict…
World Oct 13On Obama’s Korean table, much China
When President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye meet Friday, they could spend as much time talking about China as about the relations between their two countries.