Rachel Marsden

Posted November 25, 2015

The U.S. State Department has issued a blunt worldwide travel alert for Americans. Nothing cuts through murky rhetorical waters and diplomatic platitudes like a terrorist's bomb.

Posted November 18, 2015

PARIS -- I'm getting tired of living in a guerrilla terrorist war zone and having friends ask me if I'm all right.

Posted November 11, 2015

If you want to learn the identities of American special operations forces personnel, including members of the elite Delta Force, you may want to avoid the experience of being stonewalled by the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and just try asking the Chinese government instead.

Posted November 04, 2015

Have you wondered how petro-states are handling the crash in oil prices? Looking at the situation through a strictly Western prism, it would be tempting to think that these countries might be in dire straits. But crisis is a matter of perspective and mindset. How we perceive it depends on our prior experiences in turbulent situations. And as with a virus, surviving a crisis can provide inoculation against future ones.

Posted October 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the party front-runner in most polls, has positioned himself as the one contender who can't be bought, and who is intent on making Washington a place less beholden to cash-flashing by special interests.

Posted October 21, 2015

Today, he's Canada's newest prime minister after his defeat of 10-year Conservative Party incumbent Stephen Harper in this week's elections, which also saw Trudeau's Liberal Party secure an absolute majority in Parliament.

Posted October 14, 2015

One of the most common questions that I'm asked these days is whether U.S. President Barack Obama is a brilliant bamboozler or just a bumbler.

Posted October 06, 2015

The answer has long been the same: bad governance. And it's not just a problem in France; it's a spreading worldwide trend among developed nations.

Posted September 30, 2015

Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly always end up getting reduced to pleas for financial support. It's like an annual telethon without the phone number on the bottom of the screen. No number is required, since you'll be donating anyway through your government.

Posted September 23, 2015

American leadership should focus on securing energy independence, which will enable the U.S. to pull up anchor in the Middle East for good and deal with the region more selectively, making engagement with the Middle East seem more like a fun date rather than a bad marriage to an insecure spouse.

Posted September 16, 2015

Two of the biggest global challenges of the past decade -- terrorism and the 2008 financial crisis -- have given rise to some well-intentioned legislation that has missed the mark.

Posted September 09, 2015

As tens of thousands of migrants flood into Europe from Syria -- primarily as a result of poorly considered Western military intervention and the subsequent rise of the Islamic State -- hearts are growing so large that they risk displacing brains.

Posted September 02, 2015

Get ready to blow a fuse on the popcorn machine. The U.S. State Department is playing WikiLeaks with the emails of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who serves as co-president of the Republic of Clintonstan and also happens to be running for the U.S. presidency.

Posted August 25, 2015

Last Friday, 25-year-old Moroccan-born Ayoub El-Khazzani allegedly boarded a Paris-bound Thalys train in Belgium with a Kalashnikov rifle, nine magazines of ammunition, a pistol and a box cutter.

Posted August 18, 2015

In the wake of the Iranian nuclear agreement, Gen. Mohammad Reza Naghdi, a commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, expressed concern that the United States would try to impose Western culture in his country.

Posted August 11, 2015

It's no wonder that Trump dominated the post-debate polls. It's not that Trump is an example of mere style over substance. Rather, he's an example of substance and action bolstered by bluster.

Posted August 04, 2015

History will remember U.S. President Barack Obama for having unshackled Iran from economic sanctions so it could enjoy the full benefit of its oil revenues -- some $100 billion or so on standby, according to U.S. Treasury estimates. Obama has arguably done more for Iran's energy independence than he has for America's.

Posted July 28, 2015

I recently heard a panel of journalists complain on a radio show that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump won't stop hijacking the news cycle and is effectively preventing them from covering other stories. There were no such complaints during Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, even when it consisted mainly of platitudes about "hope and change."

Posted July 22, 2015

The Islamic State is getting foreign aid from somewhere. The West needs to connect the dots and trace the proxies or moneymen back to their nations so we can force them to be accountable for financing terrorism.

Posted July 14, 2015

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany have struck a deal with Iran to lift economic sanctions and open the country back up for business in exchange for limitations on Iran's nuclear program.