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Published: Mon, 22 May 2017 16:53:35 GMT


Trump's Muslim speech hollow at core
Let’s get to the glaring hole at the core of the president’s oration: the absence of any reference to the central Saudi role in the radicalizing of Islam.

Worldview: Advice to president on his first overseas trip
The trip includes a stop at the Vatican, a NATO summit, and a schedule that could flummox a far more knowledgeable leader.

Worldview: The Donald's new clothes
There is a crucial difference between the Danish tale and the ongoing foreign policy gaffes in the White House, a difference that makes the current tale more frightening than funny

Worldview: Trump is playing into Putin's hands
Trump’s decision to fire James Comey will fray Americans’ faith in the independence of the FBI, but it won’t revive his dream of a political deal with Russia.

Worldview: The West should be rooting for Macron
His victory proved the center can hold at a time when democracies seemed to be falling apart. Now he must demonstrate — to Europe and to America — that the center can govern better than the extremes.

100 days of foreign policy confusion and incoherence
After 100 days of Trump's threats toward friends as well as foes, foreign leaders are beginning to get his number. Many now dismiss his words as bluster. (And no, a missile strike on Syria doesn't convince them otherwise.)

Can France's 'new man' prevail?
The polls show Macron ahead, but if Le Pen pulls an upset, we could see the collapse of NATO and the European Union and a further surge of populism on the continent.

Worldview: Turkey's Erdogan consolidates power
Erdogan is following the Ataturk model, using state power to shape country and society in his own image, says the author of "The New Sultan"

Worldview: Foreign policy suffers because Trump spreads fake facts
The president needs to stop tuning in to websites that mislead the public with false information that sows confusion.

Worldview: Federalism formula, U.S. role are keys to stabilizing Syria
The White House must continue to warn Putin that a centralized Syria can’t survive because Assad won’t be able to control it and the United States won’t let him gas his way to achieving it.