Oct 17, 2014

Rule 1: 'Don't do stupid stuff'

by Yoichi Funabashi

The challenge for the Obama administration as it "rebalances" toward the Asia-Pacific is that diplomatic and economic interactions lag military ties. That's why a system of trans-Pacific free trade in the region is vital.

Oct 14, 2014

Saudi Arabia's oil enigma

by John Kemp

Saudi Arabia is sometimes likened to a central bank managing the global oil market, adding or withdrawing supplies to control prices. But that vastly overstates the degree of influence, let alone control, that the kingdom exercises over the market.

Exploits of famed WWII bomber group go online

Oct 2, 2014

Exploits of famed WWII bomber group go online

by Susan Montoya Bryan

Thousands of feet above the Pacific Ocean, the bullets were coming fast and the flak was flying. Japanese fighter planes whizzed around like bees as the American forces in their lumbering B-24 bombers tried everything to reach their targets, save fuel and stay airborne ...

Afghanistan, U.S. sign long-delayed troop pact

Sep 30, 2014

Afghanistan, U.S. sign long-delayed troop pact

Afghanistan and the United States signed a deal Tuesday to allow some U.S. troops to stay in the country next year, signaling that new President Ashraf Ghani intends to mend frayed ties with Washington. Hamid Karzai, who stepped down as president on Monday, refused ...

Ukraine troop withdrawal in doubt after 12 people are killed

Sep 29, 2014

Ukraine troop withdrawal in doubt after 12 people are killed

The shaky truce between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military was challenged Monday when 12 soldiers and civilians were reported killed in a surge of fighting across the separatist east. A week after talks in Minsk yielded an agreement for a cease-fire and the ...

Europe takes control of Ryder Cup

Sep 28, 2014

Europe takes control of Ryder Cup

Captain Fantastic Paul McGinley hailed “a great team performance” after Europe crushed the United States in the Ryder Cup foursomes for the second day running to gallop into a commanding 10-6 lead on Saturday. The U.S., which trailed 5-3 overnight, edged a record-breaking fourballs ...

Sep 19, 2014

Alliance invites a hollow laugh

by William Pfaff

A U.S. senator has gone on record touting Syria and Iran as having, together, the means, ability and motivation to wipe out the Islamic State. But President Barack Obama and State Secretary John Kerry — as well as both parties in the U.S. Congress ...