By postponing the games, Abe has put Japan — and himself — at the center of the post-pandemic recovery effort.
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The bloc's biggest problem is indifference, not Euroskepticism.
The term "populism" does not capture what is really at stake in national and regional elections around the world this year.
Donald Trump's recently announced trade tariffs and upcoming summit with North Korea give China an unprecedented opportunity to prove its strength before the eyes of the world.
The battle that will define this century will pit long-term thinking against short-term thinking.
It might seem promising that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama this month. But both events actually presage a potentially destabilizing time for Japan — and all of East Asia.
Italy's experience with tycoon-turned-politician Silvio Berlusconi provides six clear lessons for Americans and the world on what to expect from Donald Trump.
Looking at the upcoming contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, America's friends and allies may want to hope for the best, but they need to prepare for the worst.
The only way to avoid Berlusconi-level disaster in the U.S. is to continue criticizing Trump, exposing his lies and holding him to account for his words and actions.
This year promises to be interesting — and harrowing — if you happen to be a dictator clinging to power in an oil-exporting country.