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Quick decisions can signal strong leadership. Too quick, and they can spur doubts and confusion. President Trump may have been adhering to a pledge to bring US troops home, but he caught his advisers by surprise.
The US will begin to pull out 2,000 military troops as President Trump claims victory over the Islamic State in northeastern Syria. The abrupt change in foreign policy will have dramatic consequences on Syria's reconstruction and Turkey's campaign against Kurdish militias.
Both Republican and Democratic senators say at least some balance between values on one side, and security and economic interests on the other, must be restored in relations with a key Mideast ally.
During a battle of the Philippine-American war in 1901, the US Army reportedly killed thousands of villagers and took three church bells. On Dec. 11, the United States returned the Bells of Balangiga in a symbolic gesture of friendship and understanding.
At first blush, the US-China cease-fire was the headline of the G20 summit. But there was another, perhaps more profound, story, as China’s Xi presented himself as the new champion of multilateralism.
The multilateral international order the United States built gave birth to the Group of 20 industrialized countries. But the G20 summit this weekend must contend with President Trump’s bilateral preferences.
Who is responsible for preserving American values in US foreign policy? In the past, Congress has exercised bipartisan oversight of the executive branch. Now, some pro-Saudi policies are stirring discomfort.
As president, Donald Trump has gravitated toward personal and bilateral ties on the world stage. So a weekend of very visible clashes with French leader Emmanuel Macron is telling.
President Trump's approach to foreign policy has been emphatically transactional. Could the Khashoggi affair reintroduce an element of soft power on behalf of human rights?
In a shift from decades of closer rapprochement, the Trump administration is digging in against China. From trade policy to human rights abuses, the White House is taking an uncompromising position on the country it fears as the next superpower.
In an attempt to mobilize his supporters before the midterms elections, the president is threatening to end $500 million in aid to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala – a move that would ultimately contribute to instability in the region.
President Trump has pulled the United States from a number of agreements he says are bad deals. But withdrawing from the INF – an arms control treaty with another nuclear power – would mark a first.
Security footage shows a man leaving the consulate in Istanbul wearing Jamal Khashoggi's clothes, implying premeditation on the part of the Saudis. US lawmakers say Saudi Arabia should face punishment, but President Trump doesn't want to halt proposed arms sales.
International pressure continues to grow against Saudi Arabia in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as US Secretary of State meets with leaders of the kingdom. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues to deny Mr. Khashoggi was killed at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
A president who is generally laissez faire when it comes to other countries’ internal affairs now faces a Congress that is far more critical. Which approach will shape relations with a Mideast ally whose behavior is now under scrutiny?
In December 2016, an American pastor was imprisoned in Turkey for charges that he committed crimes on behalf of terror groups. Nearly two years later, he will be released from the country – but only after intense pressure from the US government.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, was in sync with President Trump on some issues, but out in front – perhaps too far – on others. At the White House, that wasn't appreciated.
Waves of refugees do more than strain resources in host countries. They also raise concerns of an angrier and more extreme form of politics that could undermine democracy.
When the Monitor's chief diplomatic correspondent encounters Donald Trump, it's often in the presence of diplomats and foreign press, giving him insight into how the president plays to others.
Is President Trump withdrawing the US from its role as world leader? Not all agree. What is clear is his disinterest in the global order his predecessors built – and his increased confidence in his stance.
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