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Published: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:18:11 GMT


Worldview: Trump's dark, divisive words
President Trump could have used his inaugural speech to soothe the bitter partisan divide that is undermining our country. He could have followed the lead of George W. Bush, who - like Trump - lost the popular vote in a contested election. In his first inaugural, Bush thanked Vice President Al Gore for "a contest conducted with spirit and ended with grace." A Trump

Rubin: Trump clueless on Russia
The whole world knows how much President-elect Donald Trump prides himself on deal-making. He views foreign policy entirely in terms of making deals the way he did for his business empire. He brags that his bargaining skills will corral China and Russia i

Worldview: Avoiding mistakes has created others
On a trip to Manila in 2014, President Obama was pressed by reporters about the "weakness" of his foreign policy, especially in Syria and Ukraine.

Worldview: Rex Tillerson makes good first impression
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.

Worldview: Trump, you need to get a clue about Putin and fast
Dear President-elect Trump, Why on earth would you side with an anti-American, former KGB colonel over your own intelligence community? You say you have "tremendous respect for the work and service" done by this community, but much damage has been done.

Worldview: Trudy Rubin: Lessons from the Trump call
Last month I visited Taiwan, off the coast of China, to check out the repercussions of a historic phone call between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and President-elect Trump.

Worldview: What fate awaits Western liberal democracies?
For New Year's Day I usually write about the foreign policy issues the president will confront in the next 12 months.

Worldview: Trudy Rubin: The reality behind the U.N. vote
In this post-factual era, no misstatement of facts should surprise us. Yet the demonization of President Obama and John Kerry as anti-Israel by right-wing politicians in Jerusalem is a gross perversion of reality. The charge follows a U.S. abstention on a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlement building in occupied West Bank by a 14-0 vote.

Worldview: On China, tweeting is not diplomacy
HONG KONG - 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.