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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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