On Friday President Obama decided to levy a 35% tariff on tires imported from China. This morning China has responded by beginning the process of imposing tariffs on U. S. auto products and chicken white meat

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In the geopolitical duel that is Eurasian pipeline diplomacy, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's August trip to Ankara was meant to be the riposte to July's Nabucco pipeline signing ceremony.

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Tony Karon has a provocative piece in TIME arguing that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda have failed regardless of how many innocents they have killed or will kill. He's only half right.

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Vladimir Putin is hinting that he'll seek re-election as president of Russia when he's again eligible in 2012.

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Obama plans to shift 45,000 troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, enlisting more help from the United States' European allies, but he will delay this until after Germany's general election later this month, Spiegel reports.

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Nile Gardiner, a former researcher for Margaret Thatcher who heads up a center named in her honor at Heritage Foundation, writes in the Telegraph that "The French do not deserve a command role in NATO."  He calls the news that French general Stéphane Abrial will be head Allied Command Transformation "a further weakening of the Anglo-American Special Relationship."

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Last Friday, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivered a major address on Afghanistan here in London. The speech was to mark a major change in British policy meant to refocus British efforts in this war and bring more resources across government to bear. The media did not favorably review the speech in part because it lacked passion and offered no new or persuasive arguments to convince a skeptical public that the effort in Afghanistan was indeed worth the costs.

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In my latest for The National Interest, I argue that, despite the constant urging otherwise by former  Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO can survive failing in Afghanistan.

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Thomas Friedman, heretofore perhaps the world's leading evangelist for free market globalism, devotes his latest column to explaining why Communist China's system is preferable to ours.

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What must the United States do in Afghanistan in order to be able to maintain at the end of our overt military involvement that we have succeeded?

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