The controversy du jour centers on President Obama's recent 60 Minutes interview where, among other comments, he singled out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for the intelligence failures that allegedly missed the Islamic State (IS) threat. This raises a larger and more important set of issues, specifically whether this is in fact an intelligence failure, or a policy failure? It is both, but primarily the latter.
The Washington Post's thoughtful editorial over the weekend observes that Western business and commerce with China is not leading to political liberalization. That has been the great hope of Washington's policy of engagement with China, which Richard Nixon began decades ago. Indeed, China has not only has crushed political dissent, it has now embarked on a campaign of rolling back economic liberty.
These are daunting times for those pursuing megaregional trade deals. Although the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) lie at the heart of both commercial and foreign policy, each has encountered troubling obstacles this week.
As U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in late September, in the wake of Chinese President Xi Jinping's grand tour of South Asia, the world will be watching for clues about the future strategic triangle between its three biggest nations.
"There's a bit of a sense of desperation about coming up with ways to break the logjams, on the nuclear talks and the larger relationship" a participant in the talks told the New York Times recently.