Fragile economy stays Putin's hand in standoff with U.S.

/ | Aug 2, 2017

Fragile economy stays Putin's hand in standoff with U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to risk escalating tit-for-tat sanctions with Washington because the only measures that would hurt the United States would also endanger Russia's fragile economic recovery. After U.S. lawmakers backed a new round of economic sanctions on Moscow, Russia last week ...

Struggling to govern, Trump faces growing Republican unease

/ | Jul 29, 2017

Struggling to govern, Trump faces growing Republican unease

As fellow Republicans labored to repeal "Obamacare" this past week, U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly swerved off topic, escalating concerns in his party about his ability to govern the country six months after taking office. While senators grappled with health care, Trump banned transgender people ...

Trump-Putin honeymoon may be over

/ | Jul 29, 2017

Trump-Putin honeymoon may be over

Russian President Vladimir Putin tossed President-elect Donald Trump a bouquet in December when he chose not to retaliate for the U.S. expulsion of Russian diplomats and the seizure of Russian diplomatic compounds. The honeymoon is over. A tit-for-tat decision by Russia on Friday to expel hundreds ...

Does PM Sharif's ouster mean chaos for Pakistan?

/ | Jul 29, 2017

Does PM Sharif's ouster mean chaos for Pakistan?

The ousting of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left a power vacuum at the top of the nuclear-armed country, yet experts say that in the long-run it is unlikely to be destabilizing. Sharif's disqualification Friday by the Supreme Court over corruption allegations denies him ...

U.S.-China rifts widen despite economic headway

/ | Jul 16, 2017

U.S.-China rifts widen despite economic headway

Three months after U.S. President Donald Trump hosted a lavish welcome for his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his Florida resort, the powers have made headway on an ambitious economic plan even as diplomatic rifts between them have widened. Speaking in Paris on Thursday, the ...

/ | Jul 10, 2017

U.S. and North Korea need to talk — but how?

After North Korea's shock demonstration that it can strike parts of the American mainland with a long-range missile, U.S. officials say their focus remains on finding a diplomatic solution to avert a catastrophic conflict. But with Washington reluctant to be seen rewarding Pyongyang, whose leader ...