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Foreign Policy

  1. foreign policy
    Is Trump Getting Played by North Korea?Kim Jong-un’s hot-and-cold behavior is messing with the administration’s already disjointed strategy for the upcoming talks.
  2. foreign policy
    North Korea Surprises Trump Administration by Acting Like North Korea AgainWhite House officials were reportedly caught off guard by a threat to cancel the Trump-Kim summit if the U.S. doesn’t back off on denuclearization.
  3. foreign policy
    Pompeo Says North Korea Will Get Americans Instead of AidThe Trump administration apparently thinks the communist nation will accept capitalism in exchange for its nukes.
  4. international affairs
    North Korea Schedules Demolition of Nuclear Test SiteIt’s inviting journalists to a closing ceremony at the site less than three weeks before the upcoming summit with the U.S.
  5. foreign policy
    Trump’s Iran-Deal Exit Has Raised the Risk of War, Even Faster Than ExpectedIsrael and Iran are running out of reasons not to escalate their low-key conflict in Syria into a broader regional catastrophe.
  6. foreign policy
    Pompeo Is Returning From North Korea With U.S. CaptivesKim Hak-song, Tony Kim, and Kim Dong-chul have been freed.
  7. foreign policy
    Trump Continues to Rebrand America As Weird and FlakyPulling out of the Iran deal breaks a long U.S. foreign-policy tradition of avoiding surprises — and it works against all the president’s goals.
  8. foreign policy
    What Happens After Trump Pulls Out of the Iran DealThe agreement doesn’t stop existing the moment Trump reimposes sanctions, but it’s hard to see how it can survive in the long run.
  9. politics
    Spy Firm Hired to Find ‘Dirt’ on Obama Officials, Possibly by Trump Team: ReportThe same firm Harvey Weinstein used to go after his accusers was apparently hired to discredit two Obama advisers who worked on the Iran deal.
  10. foreign policy
    Trump Looks at Pulling U.S. Troops From South Korea, Despite Peace Talks: ReportHe ordered the Pentagon to look at options for withdrawal, though that could complicate delicate negotiations between our ally and North Korea.
  11. foreign policy
    Trump Buys Netanyahu’s Bad Case for Abandoning the Iran DealThe Israeli prime minister’s alleged bombshell offered no evidence of Iranian noncompliance and ample reason to keep the nuclear agreement in place.
  12. wait what
    John Bolton Says U.S. Is Considering ‘Libya Model’ for North Korea“Libya’s giving up its nuclear arms was used as an invasion tactic to disarm the country,” a North Korean official said in 2011.
  13. foreign policy
    Kim Jong-un Wants U.S. Promise Not to Invade in Exchange for NukesBut his rhetorical ramp-up to peace talks should be considered style without substance until proven otherwise.
  14. The Campaign for Donald Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize Has BegunHis biggest boosters, and even a few others, say Trump deserves the award for developments on the Korean peninsula.
  15. foreign policy
    Europe Reveals Its Latest Strategy for Managing TrumpIt’s a two-pronged affair with Emmanuel Macron leading the charm offensive and Angela Merkel talking tough.
  16. foreign policy
    Trump May Not Understand What North Korea Has Committed ToOr he doesn’t understand what “denuclearization” means, or how diplomacy works, or all of the above.
  17. Officials Confirm That Trump Bombed Syria to Validate His TweetsMattis asked Trump to seek congressional approval for the strike. But he wanted to be “seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action.”
  18. foreign policy
    With Pompeo-Kim Jong-un Meeting, Trump Underscores State Department IrrelevanceThe CIA director’s deep involvement in talks with the North Korean leader shows Trump has little regard for Senate or diplomatic procedure.
  19. foreign policy
    Syria Strikes Show, Once Again, That We Can’t Police the World by Bombing ItFriday’s missile attack will join a growing list of failed attempts by the U.S. to conduct foreign policy from the air.
  20. foreign policy
    U.S. and Allies Launch Airstrikes Against SyriaTrump said the strikes were meant to serve as a “strong deterrent” against the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.
  21. foreign policy
    Don’t Mistake Trump’s Airstrikes for a StrategyThe new round of “precision” strikes on Syria don’t lay the groundwork for anything but perpetual bombing runs.
  22. America Is About to Risk a World War to Defend the Credibility of Trump’s TweetsOfficials say Trump is likely to go through with a Syria strike over his Defense Secretary’s objections — because he said he would on Twitter.
  23. Report: Blood Samples Show Nerve Agent, Chlorine Used in Syria AttackU.S. officials say they have proof of a chemical attack that the Syrian regime has called a hoax.
  24. Trump Is Using American Foreign Policy As His Stress BallThe president’s Syria tweets confirm that he has no coherent goals for foreign policy beyond his own instant gratification.
  25. What Really Happened in the Syria Chemical Attack?Trump is preparing to strike, though we still don’t know exactly what killed scores of people in Douma last weekend. Here’s the evidence so far.
  26. foreign policy
    Trump’s Syria Reversal Reveals He Never Had a Coherent PlanAfter blaming the Syria situation on Obama’s dithering, Trump finds himself in a similar conundrum.
  27. The Moral High Ground on Syria Is EmptyEvery power that could help stop the killing has decided that their own interests outweigh dead innocents.
  28. awful things
    Suspected Chemical Weapon Attack Kills Dozens in SyriaIt’s not yet clear if the U.S. will retaliate against the Assad regime again.
  29. Trump Hates ‘Arbitrary Timelines,’ Yet Gave U.S. 6 Months to Exit Syria: ReportTo avoid Obama comparisons, he told top officials they can’t call his random deadline a “timeline.”
  30. foreign policy
    Trump Claims We’re Leaving Syria ‘Very Soon.’ Hopefully, He Made That Up.Government officials were caught off guard by talk of speedy withdrawal, which would leave the situation in the hands of Assad, Erdogan, and Putin.
  31. Russia Expels U.S. Diplomats, Asks to See Poisoned Spy’s DaughterPutin is outraged that anyone would accuse Russia, of all countries, of attacking an ex-Russian spy with a nerve agent that is made only in Russia.
  32. foreign policy
    With Kim Jong-un Meeting, China Tells the U.S. It Won’t Be IgnoredXi Jinping threw off summit calculations, and the U.S. must respond with patience and diplomatic skill. Too bad Trump’s team possesses the opposite.
  33. foreign policy
    How the U.S. and North Korea Are Preparing for the Trump-Kim SummitAs Trump undercuts the effort with hawkish hires, Kim is making diplomatic overtures to his neighbors — and starting up a new nuclear reactor.
  34. Does Bolton Represent an Unhinged ‘Cheney/Trump Wing’ of the GOP?Maybe Bolton — like Cheney and Trump — doesn’t represent any school of foreign-policy “thinking,” but instead pure bellicose action.
  35. foreign policy
    Trump Is Sabotaging His Chance for a Peaceful North Korea SolutionAntagonizing China and appointing John Bolton, a notorious hawk, to lead national security bodes ill for May’s planned summit with Kim Jong-un.
  36. John Bolton, Lover of Drama and Wars, Is a Terrible Fit for His New JobThe national security adviser facilitates sound White House decision-making. Trump hired a super-hawk known for scheming and outbursts.
  37. Nobody Is Left to Save the World From Trump NowJohn Bolton is the most terrifying new face of an unshackled Trump presidency.
  38. exits
    McMaster to Resign, John Bolton Is New National Security AdviserAfter months of rumors about his impending exit, the White House said McMaster will be replaced by the ultrahawkish former ambassador to the U.N.
  39. foreign policy
    Why the Saudi Crown Prince Might Think He Has Jared Kushner ‘In His Pocket’Kushner spent the last year wooing Mohammed Bin Salman, and during his U.S. visit this week Trump declared that relations are better than ever.
  40. foreign policy
    No, Mike Pompeo Isn’t Going to Save the State DepartmentEven if Pompeo is capable of restoring the State Department to its former glory, it doesn’t appear that’s what Trump wants him to do.
  41. foreign policy
    The Mess Rex Tillerson Is Leaving BehindHe has been fired as secretary of State. His legacy is chaos at the institution he ran.
  42. foreign policy
    8 Takeaways From Trump Agreeing to Meet Kim Jong-unHere’s what prompted Kim’s stunning invitation, why Trump is game, and what he must do to avoid squandering this opportunity.
  43. foreign policy
    Trump and Kim Jong-un to MeetIt’s unclear if there’s been a real breakthrough, or it’s just another move in a long, frustrating chess game.
  44. nuclear war watch
    Are Putin’s New Nukes a Real Threat?“Invincible” nuclear weapons sound scary, but don’t really change the balance of power.
  45. trump administration
    Grown-ups Are Not Running America’s Foreign PolicyA group of Model U.N. teenagers could probably pick and execute policies better than this administration.
  46. foreign policy
    Why Are U.S. Troops Staying in Syria? The Trump Administration Won’t SayOfficials argued the military can remain there indefinitely, with no new authorization from Congress — but wouldn’t explain the long-term objectives.
  47. foreign policy
    Mexican President Won’t Visit the White House As PlannedThis may come as a shock, but he still wants Trump to stop pretending that Mexico will pay for a border wall.
  48. foreign policy
    The American Gun Glut Is a Problem for the Entire WorldIllegal trafficking, military aid, and small arms exports make U.S. guns available to buyers around the world — including terrorists and drug cartels.
  49. foreign policy
    White House Objects to Russian Hacking That Doesn’t Benefit TrumpThe Trump administration’s vow to punish Russia for a ransomware attack last year contrasts with its blasé approach to its meddling in our elections.
  50. Strange But True: Headlines From the Middle EastFor years, people have talked about what the Middle East would look like if the United States took a more limited role. That time has come.
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