Andreas Kluth
This proliferation of American alliances is not tangential, but central to the foreign policy of U.S. President Joe Biden.
Jun 12, 2024
America has many allies. Maybe too many.
This proliferation of American alliances is not tangential, but central to the foreign policy of President Joe Biden.
Even if the ICC issues arrests warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leaders of Hamas, there’s little risk of them being detained as neither the U.S. nor Israel are signatories to the Rome Statute that established the court.
May 22, 2024
Biden's defense of Netanyahu undermines the ICC — and hurts the U.S.
If the U.S. scorns the court it helped create in the 1990s, it will undermine the international regime of law and order that it claims to defend.
Palestinian women in Gaza sit amid the rubble of a residential building they once lived in, which was destroyed by an Israeli raid earlier this month.
Apr 25, 2024
Biden must prove he doesn't have a double standard for Israel
If the U.S. wants to convince the world that it doesn't have a double standard, it should condition military aid to Israel on its use of American weapons.
U.S. President Joe Biden welcomes Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during an arrival ceremony at the White House on Wednesday. The two leaders are also meeting with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, where defense ties between the three nations were set to be high on the agenda. 
Apr 11, 2024
Hail to the minilateral chiefs: Biden, Kishida and Marcos
This week the U.S. keeps building NATO 2.0 in the Indo-Pacific, even as it prepares to improve NATO 1.0 in July.
During a rally in New York on Nov. 6, protesters call for a cease-fire in Gaza. U.S. President Biden should ensure that Israel abides by a March 25 U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire.
Apr 8, 2024
Biden must show Netanyahu that enough is enough
How can the U.S. president take the moral high ground if he allows Netanyahu to continue disregarding civilian life in Gaza, while arming Israeli soldiers?
Activists opposed to lethal autonomous weapons, or so-called killer robots, protest in Berlin in March 2019.
Mar 27, 2024
Don’t fear AI in war, fear autonomous weapons
It’s not the algorithmic intelligence in our weapons and nukes but automaticity that poses an existential risk.
U.S. President Joe Biden (right) is welcomed to Israel by the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in the aftermath of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack. The relationship between the two leaders has since soured.
Mar 18, 2024
Biden and Netanyahu are going from frenemies to enemies
President Biden has warned the Israeli prime minister about crossing a red line, but that may cause more trouble than good, as history teaches us.
A law making its way through the U.S. Congress would authorize the confiscation of billions of dollars in frozen assets owned by the Russian central bank, that would then be handed over to Ukraine as compensation for the war.
Jan 24, 2024
Seizing Russia's central bank funds is illegal and unwise
A big question about giving Ukraine seized Russian funds is would such an asset grab break international law?
The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands
Nov 26, 2023
International law, warts and all, is still better than no law
However imperfect, international law makes life for many people less nasty, brutish and short than it would otherwise be
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield addresses an emergency session on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the United Nations headquarters on Oct. 27.
Nov 3, 2023
Where’s the United Nations in all this? Oh, right, nowhere.
In times of crisis, the United Nations turns into a Babel in which everybody distrusts everybody else and finding common ground becomes impossible.
A demonstration in support of Ukraine in Tel Aviv in March 2022
Oct 13, 2023
Israel and Ukraine are linked, and the U.S. must stand with both
Ukraine and Israel are at the forefront of the battle between freedom and tyranny.
Israeli soldiers examine the remains of a police station where a battle took place following a mass infiltration by Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip in Sderot, Israel, on Sunday.
Oct 8, 2023
Hamas torches Biden’s deal to remake the Middle East
In a surprise attack, Hamas fired thousands of rockets from Gaza into Israel, killing dozens and and leaving some areas looking like war-torn Ukraine.
Ukrainian and Russian forces fight for control of the city of Bakhmut in May. Elon Musk asked why so many American lawmakers care more about what happens in Ukraine than the migrant crisis at the U.S. border.
Oct 4, 2023
Message for Elon: We must keep supporting Ukraine
Elon Musk asked, "Why do so many American politicians from both parties care 100 times more about the Ukraine border than the USA border?”
Supporters of Niger's National Council of Safeguard of the Homeland wave a flag of the private Wagner military company during a protest near the capital Niamey on Sept. 16.
Sep 30, 2023
If the U.S. exits Niger, the terrorists and Russians win
What transpired in Niamey was obviously a coup. Nonetheless, the U.S. has global responsibilities that require it to stay in Niger.
A makeshift memorial in Moscow for Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin who is presumed to have died in private plane crash earlier in the week
Aug 26, 2023
If Prigozhin is gone, where does that leave Wagner?
What’s been said about President Vladimir Putin’s reign can also be applied to Prigozhin’s Wagner Group: "Nothing is true and everything is possible.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has since the start of the Ukraine invasion destroyed the norms that developed during the Cold War to prevent a nuclear arms race or the eventual use of such weapons.
Aug 14, 2023
Russia outnumbers the U.S. 10-to-1 in tactical nukes. Now what?
Never mind that Vladimir Putin is breaking all nuclear taboos and China is beefing up its arsenal. U.S. nuclear doctrine is still fundamentally sound.
Ukrainian Olga Kharlan (left) and Russian Anna Smirnova compete during the women's sabre senior individual qualifiers at the FIE Fencing World Championships in Milan on Thursday.
Jul 30, 2023
Don't ask Ukrainian athletes to shake hands with Russians
In fencing and tennis as in life, responsibility is individual, not collective. All the more reason why Olga Kharlan did the right thing.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2023
The West must offer the 'Global South' a new deal
Countries in Africa, Asia and South America should support Ukraine against Putin. But the West could help by being less hypocritical.
Japan Times
Jun 7, 2023
Russia’s dam-busting is another war crime
Are dams fair game in warfare? Nuclear power plants? It’s not as if Vladimir Putin would care.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2023
The existential question about Putin’s mercenary boss
Why does Russian President Vladimir Putin tolerate Yevgeny Prigozhin, the uppity boss of the private army called Wagner?


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