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    9 Takeaways From Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing to Be Trump’s Secretary of State
    Jan12

    9 Takeaways From Rex Tillerson’s Confirmation Hearing to Be Trump’s Secretary of State

    At his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson took harsh questioning from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about his business dealings in Russia during his career as CEO of Exxon Mobil. In a moment where Russia is under fire for interfering in the U.S. election, and the...

    Rex Tillerson adopts tough line on Moscow
    Jan12

    Rex Tillerson adopts tough line on Moscow

    Barraged by questions about Russia, Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state promised a far more muscular approach toward the Kremlin on Wednesday, abandoning much of the president-elect’s emphasis on improving ties between the Cold War foes. Instead, Rex Tillerson suggested the outgoing Obama administration responded too softly to...

    Canada won’t bargain with Russia on foreign minister travel ban
    Jan12

    Canada won’t bargain with Russia on foreign minister travel ban

    Chrystia Freeland. (Adrian Wyld/CP) OTTAWA — Canada is rebuffing the Kremlin’s thinly veiled overtures that it might be willing to lift a travel ban on new Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland if it eases sanctions on Russia. Joseph Pickerill, Freeland’s spokesman, says Canada isn’t interested in any bargaining on the...

    Rex Tillerson seems like a smart, competent guy. But he blew it on Russia.
    Jan12

    Rex Tillerson seems like a smart, competent guy. But he blew it on Russia.

    Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, is clearly an intelligent and well-informed man. During the first six hours or so of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Tillerson was polished, articulate, and clearly knowledgeable about countries ranging...

    Canada says no ‘quid pro quo’ with Russia on lifting Freeland travel ban
    Jan12

    Canada says no ‘quid pro quo’ with Russia on lifting Freeland travel ban

    OTTAWA — Canada is rebuffing the Kremlin’s thinly veiled overtures that it might be willing to lift a travel ban on new Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland if it eases sanctions on Russia. Joseph Pickerill, Freeland’s spokesman, says Canada won’t be playing any games of “quid pro quo” on the subject. The...

    Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance
    Jan12

    Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance

    One of the main assumptions that almost everyone has made about Tillerson’s nomination to be Secretary of State is that he would be inclined to improve relations with Russia. Some of his answers from his confirmation hearing today call that assumption into question: Mr. Tillerson also told the committee that if he had been serving in office...

    Will Iran’s Alliance With Russia Last?
    Jan11

    Will Iran’s Alliance With Russia Last?

    At Tuesday’s funeral in Tehran of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a key figure in the 1979 Islamic Revolution who later pushed for reconciliation with the West, reformist mourners not only chanted for the release of hunger-striking rights activists held in Iranian jails but also called for an end to their country’s burgeoning alliance with...

    Rex Tillerson says the U.S. should be tougher on Russia but avoids committing to sanctions
    Jan11

    Rex Tillerson says the U.S. should be tougher on Russia but avoids committing to sanctions

    Former Exxon Mobil CEO and Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson advocated a surprisingly aggressive series of military measures the U.S. should have taken in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. But he was less clear about whether the U.S. should continue with sanctions against Russia, a key area of business interest for...

    Does Promoting American Values Make the World Safer?
    Jan11

    Does Promoting American Values Make the World Safer?

    Does the world look “to America as the indispensable nation … because America stands for universal values and aspirations,” as Hillary Clinton claimed yesterday evening? Clinton made the comment during a ceremony at the State Department to celebrate the completion of the U.S. Diplomacy Center pavilion, which I had the pleasure of attending. The...

    Rex Tillerson Says Exxon Mobil Didn’t Lobby Against Sanctions. Public Records Suggest Otherwise
    Jan11

    Rex Tillerson Says Exxon Mobil Didn’t Lobby Against Sanctions. Public Records Suggest Otherwise

    WASHINGTON ― Former Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson testified under oath during his secretary of state confirmation hearing Wednesday that he had no knowledge of his company lobbying lawmakers against sanctions.But public records show that between 2006 and 2014, while Tillerson was leading the oil giant, firms representing Exxon Mobil...