PATRICK SMITH has been a correspondent, commentator, editor, and critic for more than 30 years, primarily for the International Herald Tribune and The New Yorker. He has also lectured in Journalism and Media Studies. He has just published his fifth book.
Smith has won two Overseas Press Club Awards as well as other honors and prizes. His reportage, commentary, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, TIME, The Washington Quarterly, World Policy Journal, The Globalist, The Nation, and numerous other publications. He wrote a widely read column on Asian and international affairs for Bloomberg News from 2000 to 2003.
Patrick Smith’s second book, Japan: A Reinterpretation, won an Overseas Press Club Award and the Kiriyama Prize and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; it remains in print. Somebody Else’s Century: East and West in a Post–Western World was published by Pantheon in 2010. Yale University Press has just published Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century.
Recent Stories By Patrick Smith:
Why Trump’s NAFTA Strategy Is a Surefire FailureAugust 18, 2017
Long-awaited talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement began in Washington Wednesday. And it doesn’t look good for President Trump and Robert Lighthizer, his special trade...
Why the Escalating Threats Between Trump and Kim Won’t End in WarAugust 11, 2017
The supercharged threats volleyed between President Trump and Kim Jong Un this week bring us closer to war with the North Korea than at any time since Pyongyang tested its first nuclear device in...
Putting the Squeeze on China Could Turn Into a Trade Disaster for TrumpAugust 4, 2017
Get set for the Trump administration’s big new push on China. The White House wants to turn tough on trade problems while putting more pressure on Beijing to force North Korea away from its nuclear...
New US Sanctions Could Drive Russia and China Even Closer Together…July 28, 2017
The House passed a new sanctions bill Tuesday, and the Senate’s going to pass it soon. This one toughens existing sanctions against Russia and adds new ones against North Korea and Iran. Look out for...
Trump Has Just Raised the Stakes With Moscow and Tehran in Three Risky MovesJuly 21, 2017
President Trump made three big moves on Syria and Iran this week. They crisscross and contradict one another, but the administration’s game plan in the Middle East just got a lot clearer. In Syria,...
Trump’s Non-Existent Foreign Policy Is Costing the US Both Money and InfluenceJuly 14, 2017
The Trump administration has no coherent foreign policy, and the U.S. is paying the price for the President’s failure to figure out a post–Obama strategic framework. Trump and many of his advisers...
Trump’s in a Corner With China. Here’s How He Can Get OutJune 30, 2017
President Trump has a China problem: He doesn’t know how to manage the single most important relationship the U.S. has. While Trump still boasts of his good personal relations with Chinese President...
Trump’s Fly-by-Night Mideast ‘Policy’ Embraces the Saudi’s New Crown PrinceJune 23, 2017
It’s not likely that President Trump knew what he was getting into when he embraced the Saudis as the rightful leaders of the Islamic world and the war on terror during his visit to Riyadh last month...
A Trillion Dollar Plan to Rebuild the World Makes China the New Global LeaderJune 16, 2017
While most of the world wonders nervously what’s next from the Trump White House, the confident China President Xi Jinping is shifting his bid for global leadership into a full-court press. Xi’s...
Of Four Options Facing Trump in Qatar, Only One Is the Right ChoiceJune 11, 2017
Three weeks after President Trump’s closely watched meeting with Arab leaders during his visit to Saudi Arabia, the No.1 question for Trump’s foreign policy team is how to navigate in a region that...
As Trump Abdicates Global Leadership, Europe Moves to Fill the VacuumJune 2, 2017
ROME—Donald Trump has Europe quaking. His performances at the NATO and G–7 summits last week have left the Continent more uncertain of its trans–Atlantic ties than at any time since the early postwar...
Are China’s Hidden Liabilities Behind Moody’s Ratings Downgrade?May 28, 2017
Concerns about China’s “massive debt burden” and slowing economy are causing new concerns after Moody’s Investor Services sounded a full-blown alarm this week downgrading China’s credit rating on...