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Cover Story

Envoy Says U.S. Remains Canada's
'Best Friend,' Despite NAFTA Drama

a4.cover.canada.flag.homeCanadian Ambassador David MacNaughton proudly calls the U.S. his country's "best friend" and "closest ally." But he warns that friendship is a two-way street — and should not be taken for granted. So Canada has launched a full-court charm offensive to remind Americans how much they need their neighbor to the north, which is bound to them by geography, values, security and trade. Read More

Caribbean

Caribbean Islands Reel Under
Barrage of Deadly Hurricanes

a1.caribbean.hurricane.homeOver a dozen Caribbean nations have been ravaged by a string of deadly hurricanes this year and face an uncertain future as they try to dig out from the devastation. From Antigua and Barbuda to Puerto Rico to St. Maarten, storms of monstrous size and intensity have ripped apart homes, shops, hotels and airports — upending the lives of millions of people. Read More


H-1B Backlash

Trump Looks to Overhaul H-1B Visa
System for Skilled Foreign Workers

a2.hb1.visa.hat.homeThe immigration debate that roiled the 2016 election initially centered around President Trump's "beautiful" wall with Mexico, then shifted to his controversial travel ban and is now focused on "Dreamers." But there's a quieter, though no less consequential, debate taking place over the H-1B guest worker visa program. Read More


Trump Effect

Germany's Election Seen as Wider
Verdict on Unpopular U.S. President

a3.germany.elections.merkel.homeGermany's federal election at the end of September, in which Chancellor Angela Merkel won a historic fourth term, became a larger contest about Germany's role in the world, the enduring appeal of populism and Berlin's relations with Washington in an era of Donald Trump. Read More


Digital Dangers

Tech Giants Team Up to Take
Terrorists, Extremists Offline

a5.social.digital.man.homeSocial media has revolutionized how people connect and interact. But the darker side of this revolution is that it has made it easier for terrorist ideology to take root around the world, a dilemma governments and tech giants are struggling to grapple with. Read More


Book Review

Stavridis Dissects the Connection
Between Reading and Leadership

a6.book.review.leaders.stavridis.homeAdm. James Stavridis and R. Manning Ancell's book "The Leader's Bookshelf" surmises that organized and careful reading can strengthen leadership skills. They posit that many good leaders have been voracious readers and often attribute their success, at least in part, to books. Read More


Warzones and Dinner Parties

War Correspondent Reflects on
Becoming an Ambassador's Wife

a7.book.dirty.wars.schuster.homeFrom working as a foreign correspondent covering conflict to entering the rarefied world of serving as a U.S. ambassador's spouse, Lynda Schuster's new memoir "Dirty Wars and Polished Silver" pulls back the curtain on two exciting, challenging ways of life. Read More


Medical

CDC Says Opioid Overdoses Have
Cut Into U.S. Life Expectancy

a8.medical.opioids.pills.homeRising death rates from opioid abuse are chipping away at Americans' life spans, a U.S. government study finds. Between 2000 and 2015, researchers found that U.S. life expectancy increased overall — from nearly 77 years to 79 years. Read More