A military stalemate could result in de facto partition of Libya, with Muammar Qaddafi controlling the west and rebels the east. That wouldn't be good for Libya or regional stability.
The Japanese disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is providing good lessons for US atomic plants. In either negative or positive ways, Japan's influence on America keeps growing, like shiitake mushrooms.
From car windows to iPads, new technology begins with a 'wow' and ends with a yawn -- but by then we've moved on to the new thing.
Democracy activists in Egypt are on the defensive after a series of authoritarian crackdowns. Pushback is a common trait of democratic transitions. Yet democratic reforms are vital if Egypt is to achieve real social and economic progress. Reformers must organize quickly, for the long-term.
Though we live in a world of anonymous blogs, tweets, and declining newsroom budgets, tried-and-true sources of international reporting remain available.
As President Obama and Republicans duke it out over the federal debt, they must bear this fact in mind: Growing federal debt threatens the long-term national security of the United States.
Votes in Congress on budget cuts are being closely watched by China, the markets, and others. Will Democrats and Republicans end Washington's profligate spending and help keep the US dollar as the supreme global currency?
As we've seen with France's burqa ban that went into effect this week, global religious tolerance – especially in Europe – is under threat. Growing Islamophobia threatens to undermine hard-fought freedom and tolerance in post-WW II Europe and around the world.
Much of North Korea’s population is starving, yet its government pours money into missile and nuclear programs. Such behavior seems to be the height of irrationality. But North Korea is only following the international community’s – especially America’s – example.
There are big differences between President Obama's deficit reduction plan and the one introduced last week by Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin. What's in common? Government would have a hard time getting bigger under either plan.
Finally, the president has put forward a plan to substantially cut the deficit. It contrasts sharply with that of House Republican Ryan. Now a full debate can begin.
Japan's leaders have two contrasting models for disaster recovery from recent history: post-Katrina New Orleans or post-earthquake Kobe, Japan. But Japan needs an approach that strikes a balance between authoritarian takeover and laissez-faire makeover.
The options available to the United States and its partners in Libya have sharply narrowed. As the US did in Bosnia, NATO and others must develop a train-and-equip program for the Libyan rebels that would help the opposition government gain control, oust Qaddafi, and establish a democracy.
The 1986 Chernobyl accident was far worse than Fukushima has been. But the issues it raises are the same -- quality of industrial design, the potential for human error, the threat of natural disaster, and the disposal of long-term radioactive waste.
The world should be grateful for France's leading military roles in Libya and Ivory Coast. But the country is hardly replicating its historic role as la grande nation.
The French military helped Ouattara finally remove the former president, Laurent Gbagbo, from his dwindling power. Now the UN, France, and the African Union can help the elected president heal his country's democracy and restore the economy.
On the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, it's worth looking back at how this translation spread the idea of self-government, in America and beyond.