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[David Ignatius] The lesson from Yemen

WASHINGTON ― What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al-Qaida’s most dangerous affiliate? Both questions h...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:53

Defeating Islamic State means a deal with Assad

The Kurdish flags now fluttering over Kobani after four months of fighting demonstrate that the Islamic State can be beaten on the battlefield in Syria. Plentiful U.S. air power ― some 750 airstrikes ― combined with determined allies on the ground can get the job done.That’s less encour...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:48

[Kim Kyung-ho] Korea’s social mobility waning

Expanding welfare programs is supposed to help reduce poverty in a society. What has happened in Korea in recent years, however, is that the proportion of poor households continues to increase despite...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:24

The root of U.S. political paralysis is intolerance

For the next two years, the chances are good that the U.S. government will be almost completely paralyzed. After the midterm elections, power is more perfectly divided between a president and Congress that detest each other. Each sees its main job as blocking the other’s ambitions. The Re...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:21

[Warren Fernandez] Five key points to emerge from Davos

China’s premier Li Keqiang went hiking in the Swiss Alps around Davos just before addressing delegates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) held here last week.“Peaceful and tranquil” was how he descr...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:20

Dispatch from death row

Indonesia, a country of 250 million, is notorious for its severe drug policy. Most often drug traffickers are executed or imprisoned for life.On January 18, Indonesia executed five people convicted on drug trafficking charges; four of them were foreign nationals from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeri...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:16

Mutual economic benefit

Officials and executives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agree that there is enormous potential to boost trade and investment with regional economic powerhouse China but that political and security issues may be a drag to realizing it.This consensus emerged in a packed worksh...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:16

[Kim Ji-hyun] Courtesy can be excessive

Walk into just about any shop in Tokyo, and you will be met with a resounding chorus of “irrasshaimase,” which means welcome in Japanese. Approach the clerks and they immediately assemble their faci...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:33

India’s swelling stash of U.S. dollars

Raghuram Rajan’s recent surprise rate cut was what central bankers call an “insurance move.” In a highly uncertain and deflationary world, the Reserve Bank of India governor decided he’d rather risk higher inflation in hopes of boosting growth. More quietly, Rajan is taking out another...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:31

China’s turn to gouge Latin America

To many in Latin America, the Caribbean and Latin America Community summit in Beijing earlier this month was the dawn of a new world order.Chinese President Xi Jinping’s big-money nod to the region ― $500 billion in trade and $250 billion in investment by 2025 ― fueled hopes for a long-...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:30

Are drones constrained?

In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made a singular reference to unmanned aerial vehicles, more colloquially referred to as “drones.” During his remarks on American values, Obama said, “As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is w...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:29

[Jean-Marie Guehenno] Free trade fanatics, charlatans and economists

DAVOS ― Throughout the world, it seems, crisis is gripping national politics. In election after election, voter turnout has hit historic lows. Politicians are universally reviled. Mainstream parties,...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:28

[Lee Jae-min] Writing the rules on trade

In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last Tuesday he expressed confidence that the economy was showing strong signs of recovery, as best summarized by his “shadow of crisis has pas...

Updated : 2015.01.27 20:53

Speculation for next U.S. president has begun

WASHINGTON ― It’s still a couple of months until Spring but already potential Republican presidential candidates are pushing their way through the frozen tundra like so many crocuses for an election still two years off. The list of would be wannabes seems to grow daily.So far the Democra...

Updated : 2015.01.27 20:52

A forgotten witness in the fight against anti-semitism

Seventy years ago this day Allied troops arrived at the concentration camp of Auschwitz, greeting what survivors remained and seeing for the first time an industrial killing machine of unprecedented scale and brutality. As the epicenter of the Nazi genocide, Auschwitz is synonymous with th...

Updated : 2015.01.27 20:50