It could rejuvenate America's image, tattered alliances and global leadership.
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History shows that trade sanctions and military tensions are a combustible combination.
Being seen as unreliable and "arrogant, intolerant and dangerous" by a majority of respondents from 37 countries around the world could have concrete policy consequences for U.S. President Donald Trump.
A constitutional amendment can solve the U.S.' illegal immigration woes better than a wall on the border with Mexico.
As the resumption of diplomatic ties with the U.S. opens new possibilities for Cuba, Puerto Rico's current status as a U.S. commonwealth has turned into an ugly dead end.
The book "The Looting Machine" by Tom Burgis explains why a continent blessed with one-third of the world's hydrocarbon and mineral wealth remains mired in poverty and dysfunction.
U.S. diplomat George Kennan was instrumental in reversing U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur's efforts to liberalize Japan's economy and society.
The attacks on Angelina Jolie's just-released film "Unbroken" — which is much less about Japanese brutality against an American POW than the resilience of the human spirit — appear part of a revisionist recrudescence under the Abe administration.
For new talks to succeed with North Korea, the U.S. must expend more energy getting South Korea and Japan, barely on speaking terms, to get along, and end its policy of doing nothing while the North becomes more dangerous.
For all China's stern injunctions to Japan to remember wartime history, its recent bumbling aggression in Southeast Asia suggests it also could use a refresher course.