WASHINGTON — For President Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq. He is moving the nation back onto a pitiless battlefield, with a war plan that is long on good intentions and short on clarity about the ultimate mission.
WASHINGTON — What would an effective, quick response to the catastrophic civil wars in Iraq and Syria look like? Sometimes in foreign policy, as in sports, it can be useful to visualize the right technique and then hit the ball.
WASHINGTON — Let’s look at the reality on the ground in the Middle East: Iraq and Syria are effectively partitioned along sectarian lines; Lebanon and Yemen are close to fracturing; Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia survive intact, but as increasingly authoritarian states.
WASHINGTON — Western and Arab intelligence services that support Syria’s struggling opposition gathered for a two-day strategy meeting in Washington last week that appears to signal a stronger effort to back the rebels.
Lori Olson didn’t raise her artificial Christmas tree this year.
ABU DHABI — This has been a year when America re-embraced diplomacy after a frustrating decade of war, displaying a relentlessly pragmatic approach that recalls the days of such deal-making former secretaries of state as Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker III.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is approaching one of those moments when a big turn in foreign policy is possible. People can debate whether it's the equivalent of the opening to China or the end of the Cold War, but there's no doubt that this is a time of opportunity — and that, as the …
When students at Montana State University made their way into the cafeteria on Monday evening for dinner, they may have been presented with a few new menu options before leaving with a handful of small gifts.
Montana State University Billings plans a series of programs on Islam and the Middle East through March.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Recently, Saudi Arabia saw something that people in the kingdom often talk about but rarely witness — a potentially important political reform.
HAMILTON — Scientists at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton are scrambling to research and understand a deadly new virus that has sparked fears of a new SARS-like outbreak.
Did you ever wonder what the Wall Street Journal has to say about Billings?
The Bakken shale oil boom in western North Dakota and Eastern Montana could help make the United States the top oil-producing nation in the world, surpassing even Russia, in second place now, and the current leader, Saudi Arabia.
NEW YORK — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.
"Change or die" is the mantra of modern business consultants.
ISTANBUL — Kofi Annan is tinkering with a radical idea for reviving his moribund peace plan for Syria — a road map for political transition there that would be negotiated through a “contact group” that could include, among other nations, Russia and Iran.
WASHINGTON — The Middle East sometimes resembles a string of detonators wired to explode together — and this seems especially true now of Syria and its neighbors.
Students in Tanya Watt’s second grade class at McKinley Elementary listened politely for a few minutes while Fahad Al Anazi explained what life was like in Saudi Arabian primary schools.
WASHINGTON — The squeeze is already beginning on Iran’s oil exports — and guess which nation quietly reduced its purchases from Tehran this month. Why, that would be China, Iran’s supposed protector.
The Keystone XL pipeline that would run from Canada through Montana to Texas is being sold largely on claims it would bring 20,000 direct jobs to a job-desperate United States.
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