Editorial: Foreign policy is on the ballot, too
The 2020 campaign has mostly focused on domestic dynamics. But because most issues are internationally interrelated, foreign policy is on the ballot, too.The meshing of the global and national could be called “inter-mestic,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said during a virtual Council of Foreign Relations forum on Monday.“People are totally consumed by the domestic issues happening here, which is COVID, the economy and health care; they all have an international context,” Albright said, adding: “One of the things that is going to be in the next president’s inbox is the connection...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trudy Rubin: Biden would rescue foreign policy from ego, tweets and autocrat envy
There has been little focus on foreign policy in the election campaign, and the debates didn’t much help.Maybe that’s because Donald Trump’s most intense foreign policy concern has been with Hunter Biden’s business interests abroad.But a look back at four years of Trump’s America First performance leads me to this conclusion: An imperfect Joe Biden is better suited to cope with a world in crisis than an erratic President Trump.Nothing better illustrates Trump’s foreign-policy failings than his shameful mishandling of COVID-19. As U.S. deaths soar past 220,000, the world looks on with amazement...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Will the US return to global stage or pull further inward?
U.S. presidential elections rarely turn on voters’ views on foreign policy. Domestic issues such as the economy and health care, including the coronavirus pandemic this year, are almost always seen as more important by voters.But foreign policy can turn on the outcome of elections. And that is especially true this year, when not only the major party candidates but their partisan supporters offer starkly different visions for America’s role in the world.The foreign policy differences between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are well known. Trump offers an “America Firs...
Trinidad says idle Venezuela oil vessel not a threat. Environmentalists are not convinced
The government of Trinidad and Tobago said Thursday that a floating oil-storage vessel with nearly 55 million gallons of Venezuelan crude oil off its coast is not taking on water and shows no sign of capsizing and creating an environmental disaster off the coast of South America.Trinidad Energy Minister Franklin Khan also confirmed reports that Venezuela had started to transfer the crude oil onboard the FSO Nabarima to a tanker via a barge. Khan said while the process of emptying the 1.3 million barrels of oil from the Nabarima is safe, they are concerned about the inordinate amount of time — ...
Editorial: A diplomatic surge is needed in Azerbaijan
A complicated conflict in a faraway foreign land isn’t likely to compete for attention with the frenzied presidential election and unabated coronavirus crisis gripping this nation. But American citizens — and especially American policymakers — should focus on the spiraling violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.Most profoundly, for humanitarian reasons: The fighting is the fiercest since initial post-Soviet era war broke out in the 1990s, when the dispute erupted in the ethnic Armenia enclave in western Azerbaijan.Today, the enmity is just as intense, but the weaponry i...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Nation and world news briefs
Trump envoy Grenell tried to secretly negotiate Maduro’s exit in VenezuelaWASHINGTON — An influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative of Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Mexico City in September to try to negotiate the Venezuelan leader’s peaceful exit from power.Richard Grenell, the former Acting U.S. director of National Intelligence and ambassador to Germany, and Jorge Rodriguez, a Venezuelan politician who is close to Maduro, met in the Mexican capital, according to four people familiar with the matter. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and the rest of the State ...
Tribune News Service
Ford taps Jon Huntsman Jr., former diplomat to Russia, for board of directors
Jon Huntsman Jr., who ran against Mitt Romney in 2012 for the GOP presidential nomination, has rejoined the board of directors at Ford Motor Co., the company announced Thursday.Huntsman, 60, was first elected to be a Ford director in 2012. He stepped off the board in September 2017 to become a senior diplomat to Russia for two years under President DonaldTrump. Huntsman had served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2009-2011 under then-President Barack Obama, and previously ambassador to Singapore under presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.Huntsman is widely praised by industry observer...
Detroit Free Press
US lawmakers demand Trump administration support free, fair elections in Haiti
MIAMI — Rep. Frederica Wilson is calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify recent comments by a top State Department official on elections in Haiti that have been widely criticized as an attack on the country’s opposition and civic groups, and a dismissal of widespread concerns about the legitimacy of the process.Last month a senior State Department official warned political opponents of Haitian President Jovenel Moise and members of civil society that they could face “consequences” if they stand in the way of the electoral process. The official’s comments was in response to a ...
Jimmy Carter, America's oldest living president ever, turns 96
ATLANTA — Jimmy Carter has added another year to an already-remarkable life, turning 96 on Oct. 1.While Carter has shown signs of slowing down — he did not appear in person at the recent Democratic National Convention but did send a video message — the man who is inarguably the nation’s most active ex-president in history is still making his presence felt on political and global stages.With a historic presidential election like no other just more than a month away, Carter has endorsed Democrat Joe Biden, and his Carter Center has, for the first time, asked U.S. election officials to allow obse...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Trump administration announces further slash in refugee program to historic low
The Trump administration proposed Thursday to further slash the country’s refugee program, a move that would bring the refugee population to an all-time low.The announcement to reduce how many refugees will be admitted into the United States during the new fiscal year, which started Thursday, was posted near midnight Wednesday by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.In the notice, officials said the administration would allow 15,000 refugees to enter the United States during fiscal year 2020-2021, an almost 17% reduction from...