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Benny Avni

Endlessly obsessed with Russia’s interference in the last election, one half of Washington — the Democrats — all but ignore Russia’s current nefarious deeds around the globe. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, next week. They will have a lot to discuss. Consider: When Iran tried to blackmail Europe... Continue reading
The battle for Venezuela is entering a crucial moment, and so are the risks for that nation, for America and beyond. Continue reading
In his first 100 days in office, Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, seems intent on steering the country toward an idealistic, but ultimately ruinous, future. Known as AMLO, the new president is fast concentrating power and influence in his own hands. He has rewarded party loyalists and mighty state bosses, enriched loyal backers... Continue reading
Two split-screen events in one day last week displayed new global alliances ready to clash, Cold War-style. In Poland, America tried to push Mideast peace. At the same time, a gang of rogues united in New York to support Venezuela’s crumbling Marxist dictatorship. The more consequential event was the two-day summit, organized by Secretary of... Continue reading
In one of his most decisive foreign-policy moments, President Trump recognized Juan Guaidó, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, as the country’s interim leader. Free countries from the Western Hemisphere, Europe and beyond, including some adamant Trump critics, joined the US in support of Guaidó and against Nicolás Maduro’s crumbling ­socialist dictatorship. Yet China, Russia,... Continue reading
After the collapse of Chavism, which way will Latin America turn? It wasn’t long ago that Venezuela, led by a fiery caudillo and dedicated to spreading its brand of populist super-socialism, boosted allies’ economies near and far with petrodollars. Hugo Chavez was spreading his Bolivarian revolution all over and times were good. No más. Spending... Continue reading
The nations that supported the nonbinding resolution to “null and void” President Trump’s recognition of Israel’s capital Thursday — 128 countries, to be exact — believe they are shaming the United States. But come on. This is the same UN General Assembly that passes 20 anti-Israel resolutions each year, and only seven about the rest... Continue reading
‘I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” was President Obama’s favored path to a foreign-policy legacy. Oops. President-elect Donald Trump may now use his own pen and phone to erase it. But it won’t be that easy. At first glance, the Paris agreement on climate change, the Cuba détente and the Iran nuclear... Continue reading
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton coined the term “pivot to Asia.” President Obama adopted it as his soundest national-security goal. Yet now Asia is steadily pivoting away from us. The State Department’s top Asia hand, Daniel Russel, visited Manila on Monday in an attempt to smooth relations with the Philippines, one of America’s longest... Continue reading
President Obama will surely put his best spin on his legacy Tuesday in his eighth and final speech to the United Nations General Assembly. But even his biggest fans must struggle to ignore the spread of mayhem on his watch, in the Mideast and beyond. T... Continue reading
Will Yulieski Gourriel’s name come up when American officials sit down in Washington with their Cuban counterparts today for, as Havana sees it, a “last opportunity” to settle some outstanding... Continue reading
With a kiss on the cheek from President Obama, or at least a handshake, Cuba’s brutal Castro brothers are about to gain a stomach-turning dose of regional respectability. The two... Continue reading