Here’s how Obama can hit back at Putin over hacking

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The verdict is unanimous: President Barack Obama and every U.S. intelligence service agree that Russian President Vladimir Putin has run a sophisticated intelligence operation designed to disrupt American democracy and elect Donald J. Trump. The lone dissenter? Trump himself. Obama vows that the United States will respond at a time and in a manner of… Read more »

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Trump’s brave new world of Twitter diplomacy

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A supporter photographs Donald Trump during a campaign event in Ashburn, Virginia, August 2, 2016. Reuters

When it comes to managing relations with China, Donald Trump is tearing up the rulebook. First by using Twitter to announce his telephone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, and then in his Sunday afternoon complaints over Beijing’s economic and military policy. Traditionally, the key events in something as strategically crucial as Sino-US relations are… Read more »

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Trade. North Korea. Iran. The dangers awaiting Trump.

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U.S. allies are uncertain about Trump's future trade policies. Here an employee in a Tokyo foreign-exchange company watches TV news about the new U.S. president-elect, November 9, 2016.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Barack Obama met with Donald Trump at the Oval Office on Thursday following his spectacular election upset on November 8. While the president-elect promptly promised to “put America’s interests first, but deal fairly with everyone”, many U.S. allies are nervous about what his win will mean for U.S. policy. That means he now has to… Read more »

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The number one reason to fix U.S.-Russia relations

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A crew lines up on the Kuzbass nuclear submarine during a rehearsal for the Navy Day parade in the far eastern port of Vladivostok, Russia, July 30, 2016.  REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia was ready to fully restore relations with the United States following the election of Donald Trump. But even so, when Trump assumes power on Jan. 20, he will inherit a Russian-American relationship in deep crisis. While Washington and Moscow’s disagreements over Ukraine, Syria, NATO and Russian… Read more »

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A dangerous moment for Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire

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Behind the scenes, U.S. diplomats are rediscovering Ukraine as a foreign-policy priority. On Jan. 15, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met with a key Kremlin adviser at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s beachfront residence on the Baltic Sea. Nuland, the top U.S. diplomat responsible for European affairs, had traveled to Russia’s heavily militarized Kaliningrad region to… Read more »

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Seventy years of unfinished business

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Two dates – August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945 – will remain firmly etched in the minds of humanity as the example of the world’s worst man-made disaster and cruelty. People will recoil, as long as human civilisation lasts, at how the evil nature of human beings can cause such enormous death, destruction, and… Read more »

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