Still Picking Up the Pieces After the Brexit Break

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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

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“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

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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. 

US (Finally) Opens The Doors To Canada, Mexico

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During the border closure, many separated families have staged meetups, talking across the border at the Peace Arch Park in Blaine and at 0 Avenue in Douglas, B.C.

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

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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.”

Irreverent Afterthoughts on Our Afghanistan Misadventures

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Rumsfeld’s gone and Bush and Cheney have the sense to keep their heads down. But their neocon cheerleaders (Bill Kristol!) have risen from their crypts to pile onto Biden and proclaim that we coulda shoulda woulda won in Afghanistan. It’s a bumper crop of shamelessness.

Apres Afghanistan: Where Corrupt Deposed Leaders Flee

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The popularity of Persian Gulf refuge for discredited leaders reflects the shift in global turmoil to the Middle East and Asia from previous decades’ fighting and coup-waging that toppled Latin American strongmen and Eurasian Communist dictators.

Afghanistan Airport Attack is A Preview of a Civil War to Come

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The attacks claimed by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) at an airport gate thronged by those desperate to flee the Taliban demonstrated that the extremist force claiming to be in power has no control over rival militant factions or even many in its own ranks.

The Long and Short Of Afghanistan

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The twenty years of the war in Afghanistan were “America’s longest war.” Donald Trump labeled it “the forever war.” It was long and costly. But I suspect the Taliban saw it differently. Those twenty years weren’t, for them, long.

The Afghanistan Options

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Afghanistan will be a chaotic mess for years to come, much like France after the Revolution, so patience, partners, and focus will be key.

Summer Floods and Scandals Scramble Germany’s Election to Succeed Merkel

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As the Sept. 26 federal election approaches that will determine who succeeds Germany’s first female leader, there is no obvious outcome.

Delusional Exceptionalism: How the US Lost Its Global Pre-Eminence

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Two insightful new books on America’s diminished role in the world chronicle the demise of U.S. authority against the chaotic backdrop of 2020.

Canada Announces US Border Reopening

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The United States has yet to announce a reciprocal policy.

A Predictable End to America’s Endless War

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What has kept U.S. forces in the unreformable country is a circular argument about how to secure the gains made over 20 years, most notably the rights of women and girls in education and the economy.

Joe Biden’s Excellent Week: America Back on the World Stage

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The cumulative dispute resolutions and restoration of Europeans’ confidence in their U.S. allies likely constituted Biden’s most consequential week since taking office five months ago.

Biden’s First Wave of Ambassador Appointments

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Biden on Tuesday unveiled nine overseas appointments, including three senior officials from the Obama administration and the heartwarming choice of hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger of “Miracle on the Hudson” fame to serve as U.S. representative at the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal.

Cautiously: Canada ponders Reopening Border with US

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Reaction to the prolonged restrictions has seemed in line with the motto for settling Canada: “Peace, order and good government.” “Safely and carefully” is how B.C. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon described recovery from COBID-19. Or “safe and gradual” in words of B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Continuing to work together will bring us back together.”

After Twelve Years as Israeli PM, Netanyahu pried out of power

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A deeply divided Israeli parliament swore in ultra-nationalist Naftali Bennett as prime minister Sunday to lead an unwieldy governing coalition united by little more than their determination to end the 12-year reign of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Data say the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled. They won’t be.

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“Viruses are spread by people’s movements,” the association warned in a letter to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Japan’s top Olympics officials. “Japan will hold a heavy responsibility if the Olympics and Paralympics work to worsen the pandemic, increasing the number of those who must suffer and die.”

Dreaming of International Travel this Summer? There’s a Catch

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The State Department further warns that many of the holiday spots open to Americans now, or soon to be, are plagued by risks of ransom kidnapping, terrorism, cartel violence and rampant crime.

Post-Merkel: Germany’s Greens Nominate a Charismatic Rising Star

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In a curious twist of history, Baerbock holds promise to execute on what turned out to be Angela Merkel’s highly misleading self-advertising.

Looming Crisis: Russia Amassing Troops on Ukraine Border

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The ex-KGB agent has slithered out of political peril in the past with swift strikes against weaker neighbors and rebellious republics within Russia. But the swarm of troops, armor and warships around Ukraine’s land and sea borders has alarmed Western leaders and drawn threats of new sanctions that would compound the hardships suffered by Russians amid the Covid-19 crises and spreading political unrest.

Mystery: Did the Navy Dump Nuclear Waste off the Northwest Coast?

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Years ago, I stumbled onto the disturbing possibility that the Navy had dumped spent nuclear material in the ocean off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Over the past five decades, the story has played out in fascinating ways for me, however well-known the truth may be to the Navy, Members of Congress, and — as I relate here — unexpected others.

Post-Trump: The China Problem Spurs Bipartisanship

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In just four years, the Trump presidency alienated most of our traditional allies, whose loyalty is now in question when it comes to China. If Biden does not rally these countries to get back onboard, America will definitely be in a weaker position, as Beijing’s ruling party well knows.

Technology Raises Hopes of Defeating Myanmar’s Junta

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While the military’s knee-jerk turns to terror have worked to halt opposition movements since Myanmar’s 1948 independence from British rule, much has changed since prior rebellions, inspiring hope for restoration of the recent, short-lived democracy.

A Canada/US Reset: Biden and Trudeau in an Upbeat Start

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Washington’s congressional delegation wants Canada to reopen the border. The Horgan government in British Columbia has adopted a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” policy, which for Americans and cruise ships translates to Stay Out.

Biden’s China Challenge

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Any newly elected occupant of the White House would reverse Trump's disastrous policies, but it’s not going to happen with the Biden Administration. Why? Long before Trump arrived on the scene, Biden’s Democratic Party had been charging down the path of protectionism, driven by organized labor.

Post-Brexit So Far: It’s Looking Ugly

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Six weeks into life outside of the European Union, Britons are hard-pressed to identify any winners in their go-it-alone strategy after 47 years as an EU member state.

Trump Echo: Myanmar’s Power-Sharing Government is Toppled by a Military Coup

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On Monday, the Myanmar generals did what Trump and the mob that stormed the Capitol failed to do. They overturned the elected government and arrested its leadership and many civil-society leaders.

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Headed for Prison — and Martyrdom

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“I have deeply offended him simply by surviving the assassination attempt that he ordered” -- Alexei Navalny said of Putin at his hearing.