Tag: United States International Relations

Few Are Inspired to Follow America’s Lead on Iran

Nearly 30 years ago, the United States used its diplomatic clout to persuade Israel and its Arab neighbors to meet publicly for the first time, at the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference, which opened the door to greater Arab acceptance of Israel. On Wednesday and Thursday, leaders of Israel and Arab states met publicly again, at […]

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How to Make Peace in Afghanistan? Moscow Has Some Lessons

On Feb. 15, 1989, a column of Soviet armored vehicles crossed the Friendship Bridge from Afghanistan into the Soviet Socialist Republic of Uzbekistan. In a theatrical gesture, Lt. Gen. Boris Gromov, who was overseeing the withdrawal, dismounted and walked the final few feet to Soviet soil. There was not a single Soviet soldier left in […]

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U.S.-China Trade Talks End With Little Visible Progress

BEIJING — High-level talks between American and Chinese officials ended in Beijing on Friday afternoon with no immediate announcement from either side, according to an American government official, as two weeks remain until President Trump’s deadline for a resolution of the United States trade conflict with China. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Robert Lighthizer, the […]

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How China Brings Us Together

I’ve always thought Americans would come together when we realized that we faced a dangerous foreign foe. And lo and behold, now we have one: China. It’s become increasingly clear that China is a grave economic, technological and intellectual threat to the United States and the world order. And sure enough, beneath the TV bluster […]

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In Mattis’s Shadow, Acting Pentagon Chief Tries to Reassure NATO Allies

BRUSSELS — On his first international trip as Pentagon head, Patrick M. Shanahan entered NATO headquarters on Wednesday with a key question hanging over him: Would he be the stalwart ally and buffer against President Trump’s whims that the former defense secretary, Jim Mattis, had been? He departed the NATO conference in Brussels on Thursday […]

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Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Order Forces Allies to Weigh Return of ISIS Detainees

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria provoked widespread fears over a future resurgence of the Islamic State. But it may yet have a silver lining: Other countries have signaled they are willing to take back their citizens who joined the terrorist group but are now detained in makeshift […]

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Mike Pence Lashes European Allies for Their Stance on Iran

WARSAW — Vice President Mike Pence used an American-convened conference on Middle East security to lash out at Washington’s three closest European allies on Thursday, accusing them of trying “to break American sanctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime.” Mr. Pence delivered his critique of the allies, Britain, France and Germany, in an address at a […]

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Europe Flags American Territories in ‘Dirty Money’ List, Deepening Rift With U.S.

FRANKFURT — The United States assailed the European Union on Wednesday for adding American territories to its “dirty money” list, opening a new rift in a relationship that has grown increasingly fractious amid disputes over trade and Iran sanctions. Four United States territories, including Puerto Rico, were added to a money laundering blacklist that will […]

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House Votes to Halt Aid for Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The House voted on Wednesday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, a defiant and rare move to curtail presidential war powers that underscored anger with President Trump’s unflagging support for Saudi Arabia even after the killing of a Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. The 248-177 vote, condemning a […]

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U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

WARSAW — The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials, who described it as part of an expanding campaign by the United States to undercut Tehran’s military and isolate its economy. Officials said it was impossible to measure precisely the […]

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Trump Officials Gather in Warsaw for an Anti-Iran Meeting

WARSAW — Before top officials from 65 nations began meeting in Warsaw at an American-led conference on Middle East security, an unmistakable voice rang out at a rally outside the city’s main stadium, calling for regime change in Iran: the former mayor Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Giuliani contended he was there representing an Iranian opposition group, […]

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Trump Says South Korea Is Paying $500 Million More for U.S. Troops. The Deal Says Otherwise.

SEOUL, South Korea — South Koreans were left flustered on Wednesday after President Trump asserted that he had made their government pay $500 million more to help cover the cost of maintaining American troops in the country. The claim contradicted the terms of a cost-sharing deal South Korea and the United States signed on Sunday […]

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Trump’s Trade War Leaves American Whiskey on the Rocks

As President Trump’s global trade war approaches a pivotal moment, American industry is trying to use Mr. Trump’s love of big economic numbers to get him to stand down. Mr. Trump faces a series of decisions over the next several weeks about whether to ratchet up tariffs on Chinese goods, impose new duties on imports […]

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Trump Tweeted a Photo of Iranian Protest. He Didn’t Ask the Journalist Who Took It.

TEHRAN — All her life Yalda Moayeri, a 37-year-old photojournalist from Iran, has struggled with men. She has dealt with mansplaining colleagues, Iranian censors and the country’s security forces. Some created obstacles, others pressured her. She always fought back. Now she’s tangling with President Trump, who used a photograph she shot without permission for his […]

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U.S.-China Trade Talks Face Big Obstacle: Ensuring That Promises Are Kept

BEIJING — When China joined the World Trade Organization, the global fraternity of cross-border commerce, it promised to open itself up to foreigners in lucrative businesses like banking, telecommunications and electronic-payment processing. More than 17 years later, China’s telecommunications industry remains firmly under government control. Only recently did China say it would allow foreign companies […]

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Trump Says U.S. May Delay China Trade Deal Deadline

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that he would consider delaying a March 2 deadline to reach a trade deal with China, saying the United States might not impose higher tariffs on Chinese goods if talks with Beijing were going well. “If we’re close to a deal where we think we can make a […]

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Trump Trying to Counter China in the ‘Wrong Way,’ Former Officials Say

WASHINGTON — To compete with a more assertive China, the United States should invest in alliances and multilateral institutions, which President Trump and his administration have rejected or undermined, a report issued Tuesday by prominent scholars and former top White House, State Department and trade officials working on China concluded. In addition, the Trump administration […]

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Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

BAGHDAD — The acting United States defense secretary, Patrick M. Shanahan, arrived in Baghdad early Tuesday for an unannounced visit with Iraqi leaders to discuss the American troop presence in the country and the fight against the remains of the Islamic State. Mr. Shanahan’s trip coincides with plans for an American troop withdrawal from Syria […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

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For Iran, a Grand Occasion to Bash the U.S.

TEHRAN — Braving a drenching rain, Iranians came out in droves on Monday to march up Revolution Street to the capital’s Freedom Monument, including families pushing strollers decorated with balloons in the red, white and green of the country’s flag, clerics, teenagers and others, for a huge state-backed rally commemorating the 40th anniversary of the […]

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