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Sean Keeley
Mixed Messages
Trump Sows Confusion in Seoul

Trump’s latest outburst on THAAD and trade will hardly help shore up U.S.-South Korean relations.

Commitment Issues
The Trouble with NATO Burden Sharing

It goes far deeper than a failure to reach the 2 percent spending target.

Middle East Aflame
Mattis Wants a Political Solution in Yemen

But he may bomb the Houthis to the negotiating table first.

How do you solve a problem like Korea?
Why Beijing Pussyfoots Around Pyongyang

China and the US retain fundamentally different assumptions about the Kim regime’s vulnerability.

Peaceful Rise
Xi Reshuffles Chinese Military

Xi Jinping has taken another step forward on his reform agenda, with a massive reorganization and streamlining of China’s armed forces.

Islamism in Indonesia
Islamists Score a Victory in Jakarta

Politicized Islam is becoming an increasingly potent force in Indonesia.

Trading Blame
Pence Presses Asian Allies on Trade

A return to the mercenary posture of the campaign, or part of a larger strategy?

Oh Snap
May Calls for Early UK Elections as Brexit Looms

With her opponents in disarray and tough Brexit negotiations looming, May sees a chance to strengthen her hand.

Asia's Game of Thrones
South Korea Reacts to Trump’s North Korea Moves

While there are some jitters in Seoul, there are also signs that the tougher U.S. posture is welcome—especially insofar as it’s changing Beijing’s calculus.

Legacy of the Red Line
More Questions for Obama on Syria

Did the Obama Administration conceal its knowledge of Assad’s sarin facilities?

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Feeding the Future

A wary Chinese public is rejecting GM crops.

Higher Education Watch

University administrations have leaned too far over their skis in an effort to win more guilty findings.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Don’t expect a tough line on Beijing to come out of this year’s summit.


Warsaw just purchased its first cargoes of American LNG.

Mixed Messages

Trump’s latest outburst on THAAD and trade will hardly help shore up U.S.-South Korean relations.

Crude Economics

Today’s glut could lead to tomorrow’s supply shock.

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