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Published: Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:43:43 GMT


Rubin, Trudy

Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.

In Poland, Trump shows ignorance of basic U.S. values
The president's choice of words, and of Poland as the place to deliver them, lay bare the real threat facing U.S. democracy today.

Worldview: Trump must join fight against disinformation
U.S. can follow lead of Europe, where some leaders are organizing agencies to thwart Russian efforts.

Where is the Syria strategy?
America needs a stable Syria so that a new jihadi menace doesn't take root. But Putin's main concern is keeping Assad in power with Iran's help, even if that means continued repression that will fuel a future jihad.

Trump's failing 'Big Man Doctrine'
The President clearly believes communing with autocrats (or having his son-in-law act as surrogate) is the key to a great deal. But so far his "Big Man Doctrine" has been a big bust.

Shine a light on N. Korean crimes against humanity
Because North Korea is so isolated, and international access so limited, the regime is able to commit its human-rights outrages out of sight. That isolation can be breached.

France shows how to rise above party divisions
Macron's economic message crossed party lines: Loosen labor laws and lower taxes on small- and medium-size businesses; open France to trade but also to immigration; reform, dont reject, the European Union.


Worldview columnist Trudy Rubin is on vacation.

Trump must stop supporting Arab boycott of Qatar
Far from helping the war on terrorism, this Sunni Arab strife could undercut it. Equally worrisome, the president's plunge into an intra-Arab power struggle illustrates the incoherence of foreign policy-making in his administration.