Strange things are happening in North Korea, which is nothing new. This time, however, developments apparently reflect divisions within the leadership of the isolated totalitarian regime. Conceivably, this could spark a renewed Korean War.
In a surprise July 7 visit to Kabul, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that Afghanistan and the United States are now formal allies. This new relationship goes beyond the long-term multilateral effort to stabilize the troubled South Asia nation, under authorization from the United Nations and NATO.
Americans need jobs, and Europeans are coming to the rescue. Airbus, begun as a European consortium, controls much of the global aircraft market. On July 2, the company announced a new assembly plant will be located in Mobile Alabama.
“A clear and present danger,” is how the government of Turkey formally and publicly describes the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Unfolding events could spark wars in both the Atlantic and the Pacific, while underscoring the importance of the oceans in both commerce and conflict. Argentina, Britain, China and the Philippines are the principal players, but the global community of nations is also directly involved.
The Republican Party has wasted no time in capitalizing in Gov. Scott Walker's notable triumph in surviving a special recall election. Republican presidential nominee-to-be Mitt Romney's visit to Janesville this week highlights the significance of that victory, while seeking to capture and reinforce the resulting media momentum.
“The most economically vibrant region in the world,” is how China Premier Wen Jiabao immodestly but accurately described Northeast Asia at the recent Beijing summit. Financial fixation on Europe has led to shortchanging positive developments in Asia.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's extensive visit to Asia underscores the significant long-term United States involvement in the region, even as much media commentary emphasizes immediate developments and elements of change. His stop in Afghanistan, where the U.S. remains directly engaged in war, demonstrates the importance of the military dimension.
Memorial Day (in the United States) provides a special opportunity to reflect on as well as honor the sacrifices of people who serve in our in the military, especially those who gave their lives. National security is the most important responsibility of our government...
The seemingly endless debate over health care reform remains highly public as well as partisan, but the less visible struggle over banking regulation may prove more important to the economic health of the United States.