As Trump talks softly in Mexico, and Obama gets pranked in Asia, a quick run through the big international stories driving late-summer headlines.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is CEO and editor of the FP Group. His latest book, National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, was released in paperback earlier this year.
On this week’s episode of The E.R., FP‘s David Rothkopf, Kori Schake, and Keith Johnson — along with Ed Luce of the Financial Times — take a look at the news and events from the past few weeks. As the election inches closer and polls start to narrow, the panel talks about Donald Trump’s latest shenanigans, including his recent visit to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto. The discussion then pivots to what was likely Barack Obama’s last trip to Asia as president and how the multiple snafus on the tour reflect the administration’s lame-duck status.
Also on the agenda: the worsening situation in Syria, and how Russia, Iran, and Turkey have moved in as the main forces there. Obama’s inaction on chemical weapons in Syria will no doubt go down as the biggest stain on the administration’s foreign policy, but where will the next president draw the red line?
The E.R. takes you on an in-depth, yet speedy news roundup — just what you need as summer ends and we all gear up for fall.