The British election in May could produce dramatic outcomes in trans-Atlantic and trans-channel relations.
For William Pfaff's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
France and Britain's nationalist parties attract great attention because of their dramatic character but are hard to take too seriously.
The framework agreement reached last week on Iran's nuclear program points the way toward an isolated and disempowered U.S. depending on the choices it makes.
The national ambitions harbored by Vladimir Putin and American neoconservatives are troublingly similar.
If it's true that President Barack Obama is unable to dominate the neoconservative faction in the State Department and the Pentagon, it makes the political nonsense involving Mideast myth-addicted members of the U.S. Congress pale in comparison.
Trans-Atlantic relations are worse than they have been in some years, as Europeans widely attribute the new jihadism, the chaos in Iraq, Syria and Libya, the newly proclaimed Islamic State group, tension with Iran, and the sinister turn of events in Israel/Palestine to American ...
If U.S. President Barack Obama is to be blamed for errors with Libya, the Mideast and especially Ukraine, it is also true that his foreign policies have reflected a consensus in the U.S. governing class and popular opinion alike that America must always be ...
There is a solution to the crisis in Ukraine, which is to leave well enough alone before something really bad happens.
As he beats the drum for his Likud's Party re-election in mid-March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu falsely asserts that anti-Semitism is responsible for growing European and American hostility toward Israel.
There remains in the U.S. an incorrigible conviction that it is the "indispensable" nation, and that it alone can bring peace to nations. And that's done by more intervention and war, splitting nations in civil, tribal and sectarian battles in which the U.S. chooses ...