Carol J Williams

Carol J. Williams is a retired foreign correspondent with 30 years' reporting abroad for the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press. She has reported from more than 80 countries, with a focus on USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe.

US, NATO and Russia Spar as Crisis over Ukraine Mounts

“For several weeks we have been faced with the prospect of a major military escalation in Eastern Europe.”

The Ukraine/Russia Crisis: The Mistake Wasn’t Expanding NATO, It Was Promising Gorbachev Not To

What Putin proposes to ease escalating tensions he instigated by massing Russian forces on Ukraine’s border is for the U.S. government to pledge that Ukraine will never be allowed to join the defense alliance.

Putin Escalates Threats Against Ukraine and NATO

The 30th anniversary of the Soviet demise on Saturday has, at least in part, inspired Putin’s provocative buildup of troops and tanks on Ukraine’s border as he threatens once again to retake parts of Russia’s lost empire by armed force.

End of an Era: Germany Trades Merkel for a Trio

It was a calm, slow-motion transition since Angela Merkel announced in 2018 that she would not seek a fifth term after 16 years as chancellor. She anointed her preferred candidate.

Military Crisis in The Strait of Taiwan?

“China’s increasingly coercive approach to Taiwan puts almost daily pressure on the cross-Strait status quo and increases the potential for a military crisis.”

#Blah Blah Blah? Global Climate Conference on “Existential Threat” Ends with a Whimper

None of the three criteria identified by the United Nations as measures of success for the global confab were achieved in full at the conference that ran two weeks and into overtime over the weekend.

Still Picking Up the Pieces After the Brexit Break

Britain’s divorce from the European Union was supposed to be final at the end of 2020. But as with breakups between spouses...

The Ongoing Mystery of Havana Syndrome

“People don't understand what this kind of brain damage can do to you. So, it's very easy for people to be dismissive and say, 'But you look fine.' But the reality is, I'm not. And I don't think very many of us are. And we just want to have our lives back.”

Getting Aid to Afghanistan — A Taliban Stalemate

The diplomatic scramble to rescue the Afghan people from total economic collapse and widespread hunger rests on a theory that Western democracies can compel a more moderate Taliban rule through the provision of aid and measured collaboration with the regime when necessary. 

Nuclear Sub Deal Pushes US Towards a New Cold War with China

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies calls the U.S. and British commitment to provide Canberra what it needs to build a nuclear submarine fleet “an unprecedented transfer of strategic capability to another country” and one “sure to irk China and accelerate the spiral toward a Cold War-style standoff.”

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