An interview with Donald Tusk, the Polish president of the European Council. Quite a contrast to what is going on inside Poland right now. A real statesman at a difficult time for Europe. Photo: European Council President Donald Tusk (right) leaving the Elysee Palace following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande (left), Paris, November 23, 2015. Read More
This is the most important piece you can read today. Max Fisher tells the whole story of how the United States decided to invade Iraq in 2003 and how too many of the ideas behind that invasion still drive our foreign policy. And this is precisely why it is important: we must change that way of thinking. Read More
China wants to build a new rail route to Europe. That would help to open commerce for the Central Asian nations along the way. Those nations were part of the Soviet Union, and Russia sees them as its sphere of influence. But it is not in a position to promote something like that new rail route. Plus Russia would like to ally more closely with China, but their respective economies would easily subordinate Russia in that relationship. Interesting times ahead. Read More
Russia is moving troops and equipment into Syria, for what purpose nobody but the Russians know. And that probably includes the Syrians and Iranians, although they have been told some plans. Russia will act primarily in what it conceives to be its own interests, though.
What will Russia bomb? Vladimir Putin says that it will be ISIS, but it is more likely to be other regime opponents who are more immediately threatening. The United States has been aiding some of them. Read More