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Should Brazil be punished for fanning climate change?

  • Nearly everyone has seen the dramatic images of the Amazon ablaze. Tens of thousands of fires — intentionally started or caused by logging, farming, mining and other human activities — have broken out over the past year alone. This matters a great deal because forests absorb gases that increa...
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Asia’s future less rosy than it appears

  • History at any moment can be understood as a snapshot, telling us where we are; or as a moving picture, telling us not just where we are but where we have been and where we may be headed. It is a distinction with an enormous difference. Consider East Asia and the Pacific. A snapshot would show...
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Picking up the pieces after failed Hanoi summit

  • US President Donald Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a break in talks at the summit in Hanoi. (AFP) When last month’s summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended without a deal, the result was not surprising. One or both countries ...
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Why the US may need to scale back its ambitions in Afghanistan

  • US troops in Afghanistan. (AFP/File) After more than 17 years, the time has come to accept two important truths about the war in Afghanistan. The first is that there will be no military victory by the government and its American and NATO partners. Afghan forces, while better than they w...
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Defining diplomacy down in quest for North Korean denuclearization

  • A submarine missile is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP) Some 25 years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Harvard professor who in the course of his career served as US ambassador to the UN and a US senator from New York, coined the ...
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Why the stakes are high as Trump goes to Beijing

  • US President Donald Trump is spending nearly two weeks in Asia, visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Putting China at the center of the trip makes sense, because it is the most important in both strategic and economic terms....
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The end of Asia’s strategic miracle?

  • It is too soon to know whether and how the challenge posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs will be resolved. But it is not too early to consider what that challenge could mean for a part of the world that has in many ways defied history....
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Ten lessons from North Korea’s nuclear program

  • North Korea has produced a number of nuclear warheads and is developing ballistic missiles capable of delivering them around the world. Many governments are debating how to prevent or slow further advances in North Korea’s capacity and what should be done if such efforts fail. These are obvio...
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Who will fill the vacuum?

  • It is increasingly clear that President Donald Trump represents a departure when it comes to America’s global outlook and behavior. As a result, the US will no longer play the leading international role that has defined its foreign policy for three quarters of a century, under Democratic and Re...
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The second year of Europe

  • More than four decades ago, US National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger declared 1973 to be “The Year of Europe.” His aim was to highlight the need to modernize the Atlantic relationship and, more specifically, the need for America’s European allies to do more with the US in the Middle East an...
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