Washington should stop using the Pentagon as a global welfare agency. The U.S. government at least should charge for its defense services, as Donald Trump has suggested. This is a second best option. But America shouldn't be defending its rich friends for free.
Pursuing peace remains a worthy -- indeed, the only sensible -- goal of U.S. foreign policy in Syria. No one should be surprised, however, if Washington's embrace of that goal comes too late.
Is what we are seeing a 'lukewarm' war, where a rogue Russian state has, as its single-minded goal, to decrease the influence of the West, destabilize it, and where possible, expand into areas where its adversaries show weakness?
Critics of Putin are snickering at poll results claiming he has an approval rating of 90 percent. In a slew of sarcastic posts and memes, they're slamming the findings as skewed and joking that support for the president will soar into the triple digits by the end of the year.
Marina Kaljurand is Estonia's Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prior to becoming Foreign Minister in July 2015, she was a long-time Estonian diplomat, and an ambassador to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan and Israel.
We should avoid the trap of seeing Russian involvement in Syria solely through the prism of our bilateral rivalry. The Russians can do things in ultimate furtherance of American policy aims that we cannot do ourselves.
If the first debate between the Democratic presidential candidates revealed anything about Senator Bernie Sanders, it was his glaring lack of command of foreign policy issues. His continual retreat to a lone talking point about his vote against the Iraq War is deeply problematic.
Russia's intervention in Syria has introduced a dangerous new dynamic into an already volatile and complex conflict. Rather than advancing its self-proclaimed objective of fighting terrorism, many more Russian strikes have targeted moderate rebels -- "vetted" and supported by the United States -- as well as other expressly Syrian opposition groups backed variously by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.
Do Russia and the United States have a shared objective concerning Syria? If so, how can they settle the most divisive element in their current positions, which is the future of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad?
Even though Russian military resources have been arguably stretched beyond capacity by recent interventions in Ukraine and Syria, Russia can effectively weaken ISIS by carrying out a high-intensity, low-cost campaign in Iraq.
Alexievich was born and bred in the sadness of this place, in what is now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. No wonder her work is all about it. Her sister was killed and her mother was blinded in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. Even before that, Alexievich had already resolved to chronicle the endless misfortunes of her land -- most of them intentionally silenced by the Soviet system.
I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18 because it is challenging to follow the storyline and it does contain some violent scenes. I enjoyed watching the film even though I am not big on spy movies.
Should royal infighting reveal itself to the outside world, it'll mark the start of the end for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as we know it. Far-reaching consequences will resound not only economically and politically but religiously and geopolitically. How?
It is the declining power, Russia, that is both threatened by the global order and threatening to the global order, that has nothing to lose in trying to reshuffle the deck. Russia is the only major economy that, beyond a collapsing energy market, has no skin in the globalized game.
The familiarity of a Russia-U.S. Cold War obscures the real enemy, the expanding horror of Islamic extremism, flood of homeless people, and the globally routine acceptance of the horror of terrorism.
The sudden launch of Russia's military operations in Syria late last month caught the United States and regional players by surprise.