Trudy Rubin

Trudy Rubin is a columnist and editorial-board member for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China.

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Manafort case can’t be separated from Trump

When White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the indictment of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and the guilty plea of a campaign adviser who lied about Russian contacts have “nothing to do with the president or his campaign’s activities,” the facts already contradict her.

Room for skepticism on wider Syria policy

When the White House announced that Syria might be preparing another poison gas attack — and warned of dire consequences — critics were wary. Some saw the warning as a “wag the dog” feint. Others saw the warning as a pure pretext for sending thousands of U.S. ground troops to Syria in the near future.

Europeans anxious about Trump outreach to Putin

The annual Halifax International Security Forum brings together senior Canadian, European, and U.S. military and civilian officials, and you can guess what was on everyone’s mind this year: What kind of foreign policy can we expect from President-elect Trump?