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Trump’s immigration order will make Americans less safe

President Trump says his sweeping executive order on immigration was meant to make America safer.

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Opinion: Secretary of state nominee Tillerson allays some fears

Rex Tillerson's testimony at Wednesday's Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of state offered some relief for those worried about a foreign policy meltdown under Donald Trump. Read more

Opinion: What to watch for in 2017

At the beginning of each new year, I usually write about the foreign policy issues the president will confront in the next 12 months. But 2017 won't be a normal political year - just as 2016 was a stunner. Read more

Opinion: Trump tweets will only stir pot with China

Two things became clear on a nine-day trip to China, as I traveled from smoggy Beijing to glitzy Shanghai, from high-tech Shenzhen to reinvent-yourself Guangzhou in China's southern rust belt. First, the air pollution is as awful as its reputation. Read more

Outside editorial: Obama tinkers with failed Islamic State strategy

One of the most frustrating aspects of President Barack Obama's "strategy" to degrade and destroy Islamic State in Iraq is that he seems to grasp why it isn't working. Read more

Why is Kerry pushing talks?

Why now? You have to ask, with the entire Arab world falling apart, and President Obama caught up in urgent domestic matters, why has Secretary of... Read more

Malala's message on education

These days the news from abroad is mostly grim. So it was inspiring last week to watch Malala Yousafzai - the Pakistani teen shot in the head by the Taliban because of her campaign for girls' education - standing erect on a U.N. Read more

U.S. role in Afghanistan has had positive effects

Soon after the Taliban's fall, the State Department sent one of its most intrepid diplomats, Ryan Crocker, to reopen the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Read more

What might have been in Afghanistan

Will Egypt's first democratically elected president pursue democracy? The what-might-have-beens about Afghanistan are already starting, even though there are still about 90,000 U.S. troops there. U.S. Read more

Moscow and Washington hold key to Syria's future

My recent trip to Lebanon and Qatar made clear a dismal truth about Syria's future: The regime's brutality, along with Russian blindness and U.S. hesitation, is pushing Syria toward a disaster no one wants. Read more

Spreading peril as the Syrian violence goes on

BIREH, Lebanon - Sunni Arab leaders, in dark suits or long robes, were pulling up to the mosque in this north Lebanon village, to mourn the death of Sheikh Ahmed Abdul-Wahid. Read more

Egyptian voters send clear message

CAIRO - Last week, Egyptian voters delivered a stunning setback to the Islamist candidate for president, who had anticipated an electoral triumph so great that it would catapult his movement to power throughout the Middle East. Read more

An Egyptian presidential candidate worth watching

CAIRO - In this presidential campaign headquarters, in a second-floor apartment in the Cairo neighborhood of Garden City, young female volunteers in full veil work alongside women in colorful headscarfs and those with flowing, uncovered hair. Read more

Whither political Islam?

The presidential candidates confronted each other in front of the TV cameras for four hours on Thursday, with only two breaks of about 30 minutes. They argued about security, the economy, education - and the role of sharia law. The location was Cairo. Read more

A mess in China that could yet end well

No screenwriter could have dreamed up the saga of the blind Chinese human-rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, a story so dramatic that it threatens to upend U.S.-Chinese relations - but offers China's leaders a unique chance to promote legal reforms. Read more

Guarded optimism on Iran

The nuclear talks between Iran and the West that kicked off last week in Istanbul have quieted the war drums - for now. Read more

Plan offers brief window of opportunity in Syrian crisis

The last thing the United States needs at the moment is to get involved in another Mideast war. So some may hope a shaky truce in Syria, brokered last week by former U.N. Read more

In Russia, justice often depends upon a bribe

MOSCOW - Two weeks ago, during a trip to Moscow, I visited an amazing family that symbolized the dynamism of the new Russia. On Thursday the husband, Alexei Kozlov, was sentenced to five years in prison. Read more

Putin's paranoia may have consequences for US

MOSCOW - Can Washington have a working relationship with a Russian leader who thinks Americans are out to destroy him? After a week of listening to official anti-American rhetoric in Moscow, I find it hard to see how. Read more

Mickey Mouse tweet key to Arab pluralism

One way to to judge where the Arab uprisings are headed, a year after they erupted, is to consider the case of Mickey Mouse with a beard. Read more

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