Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has probably been weakened rather than strengthened by grasping for even more power.
"I think the real failure here has been Russia's ..." That is how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson succinctly summed up the situation resulting from the use of poison gas in Syria. He was speaking on April 6 at a Florida airport, about to depart for visits to Italy and Russia.
On March 23, a funeral was held in Northern Ireland for Martin McGuinness, a top commander of the violent Irish Republican Army (IRA), who later joined the British-brokered peace process.
"His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mine."
Military forces of the United States are now on the ground in Syria, a nation gripped by civil war in one of the most dangerous and violent regions in the world.
The good news is that the United States presidential campaigns and election mercifully have come to an end.
"These sorts of totalitarian regimes never feel secure." That was Professor Victor Cha of Georgetown University, and an experienced government official, in a National Public Radio interview broadcast on Feb. 25.
"Fog in channel, continent cut off," is a very old British joke about an alleged newspaper headline regarding weather over the waterway separating them from Europe. Even a brief visit to the British Isles can confirm this sense of distance.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the United States has underscored the vital importance of the alliance between our two nations. Military defense as well as economics is involved.
The reportedly acrimonious telephone conversation between Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and United States President Donald Trump is extremely unfortunate, both because of current tensions in the region and the close historically rooted alliance between our two nations. Australia is crucial to U.S. defense and security in Asia, and beyond.