My life in ChinaBeijing, China
This is the first stop on a crucial Mideast trip at a crucial time. The focus for Secretary of State John Kerry, who I’m traveling with, will be galvanizing a regional response to the alarming advance by ISIS in Iraq and Syria as well as prodding Iraq to form an inclusive government that recognizes “the..
We came to Ukraine to witness millions of Ukrainians vote in crucial elections for a new president. The turnout was above sixty percent nationally – a remarkable figure given the continuing instability – but the election could not extinguish the violence. Within twenty-four hours of the vote, pro-Russian militants stormed the airport in Donetsk, Ukraine’s..
This month, I joined Defense Secretary Hagel on his inaugural visit to China as Secretary of Defense. He’d first traveled to China thirty years before in 1984, eight years before I made my own first trip. And as we chatted inside Beijing’s Forbidden City, he and I both marveled at the incredible changes China has..