CommentaryJuly 20, 2017

New Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Leadership

Almost seven months into Donald Trump’s presidency, the president is losing “bigly” on the world stage. According to polling by the Pew Research Centre, belief in the US’ ability to lead in world affairs is at an all time low.

CommentaryJune 26, 2017

The EU Is Alive and Well, But the Referendums Are Coming

The resounding June 18 victory of the pro-European Union En Marche party in the French National Assembly elections suggests, to paraphrase Mark Twain, that reports of the imminent death of the EU were premature.

CommentaryJune 7, 2017

Do British Voters Regret Brexit Enough to Dump Theresa May?

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that 48 percent in Britain think exiting the EU will be bad for their country, compared with 44 percent who say Brexit will benefit their nation.

CommentaryApril 27, 2017

Americans want sanctions against North Korea. What will Trump do?

When Congress reconvenes next week, North Korea and China will be near the top of the Washington policy agenda, if not the legislative calendar.

CommentaryApril 25, 2017

Frustrations and expectations in sub-Saharan Africa

When asked about the most pressing problems in their countries, people in sub-Saharan Africa often recite a familiar list of challenges: poverty, health care, education, corruption, and other difficult issues.

CommentaryApril 6, 2017

Americans’ fear of China ebbs in the age of Trump

Ahead of that ‘difficult’ Xi summit, Americans’ worries about U.S. debt, job losses and trade imbalances have eased, and their overall opinion of China has grown more positive.

CommentaryMarch 30, 2017

The Politics of Belonging

The tide of people moving across the world as immigrants or refugees has sparked concern in the developed world – from the United States to Europe to Australia.

CommentaryFebruary 14, 2017

In light of Trump’s travel ban, do you have to be Christian to be a true American?

The White House claims that an executive order temporarily closing U.S. borders to refugees and others from seven predominantly Muslim countries is about national security, not religion. Critics claim the order amounts to a ban on Muslims.

CommentaryFebruary 9, 2017

Refugees in the Mind of the West

The Trump administration’s executive order was a reminder that immigration has been a hotly contested issue in American politics at various times in both the 19th and 20th centuries.

CommentaryJanuary 30, 2017

Scared of China? In U.S., fear runs along age, partisan lines

Over the past quarter century, more than one U.S. president has pledged to get “tough on China.”

CommentaryJanuary 23, 2017

A U.S. dream, or nightmare, for Europeans?

“America,” wrote Hannah Arendt in 1954, “has been both the dream and the nightmare of Europe.”