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Foreign Policy

  1. international affairs
    Could War With Iran Be an October Surprise?A series of mysterious explosions and alleged Israeli sabotage operations could soon open the door to a broader conflict.
  2. international affairs
    Trump Was Reportedly Briefed on Russian Bounties for Dead U.S. Troops Last Year John Bolton reportedly briefed Trump on the Russian bounties for dead American soldiers in Afghanistan in March 2019.
  3. democratic primaries
    Engel Teaches Dems That Backing War and Apartheid Has a DownsideThe congressman toed AIPAC’s line. In his race against Jamaal Bowman, that hurt him more than it helped.
  4. vision 2020
    China Is Going to Be a Big Issue in the 2020 Campaign. But What Does That Mean?The pandemic and Trump’s bellicose rhetoric will keep Beijing front and center in American politics. Democrats see risks and rewards in that.
  5. world view
    Trump’s North Korea Peace Drive Is OverTwo years after his first meeting with Trump, Kim Jong-un blew up — both literally and figuratively — any remaining hope for a diplomatic resolution.
  6. international affairs
    Trump Has Already Put Himself in No Position to Help Hong KongEven if he wants to, the president has neither the leverage, the diplomatic skill, nor the credibility to stand up to China over its new power grab.
  7. international affairs
    Hong Kong’s Independence May Not Survive the PandemicA new law would give China unprecedented power to crack down on the city’s democratic movement, and there’s not much the U.S. can do to stop it.
  8. coronavirus
    Coronavirus and Autocracy: An Extremely Dangerous MixWhen citizens don’t trust their rulers and vice versa, an already frightening situation can get much worse.
  9. foreign policy
    Trump Claim That Soleimani Posed an ‘Imminent Threat’ Takes Another HitTrump set the red line last June, NBC News reports, authorizing a strike against Soleimani if an American was killed by Iran.
  10. foreign policy
    Esper ‘Didn’t See’ Intel Backing Up Trump’s 4-Embassy ClaimBut the U.S. defense secretary made it clear he believes whatever the president believes regarding the rationale for killing a top Iranian general.
  11. us-iran conflict
    Iran Launches Missiles Against U.S. in Iraq, Threatens More RetaliationThe Pentagon confirmed that over a dozen missiles were launched on two air bases. No casualties are currently being reported.
  12. trump tweets
    Trump Reiterates Threat to Commit War Crimes in IranTrump doubled down on his threat to order strikes on cultural sites in Iran if they retaliated against the U.S. for the killing of General Soleimani.
  13. international affairs
    Iraqi Lawmakers Vote to Expel U.S. As Fallout From Soleimani Strike WorsensIraq’s parliament, prime minister, and most powerful religious leader all want America out, and the U.S.-led fight against ISIS has come to a halt.
  14. nonproliferation
    Iran Nixes Nuclear-Deal Commitments, Lifts Enrichment LimitsTrump’s maximum-pressure campaign has officially achieved the opposite of its supposed intent.
  15. foreign policy
    The Real Risk of Assassinating SoleimaniKilling Iran’s most important military commander probably won’t start World War III, but it could make things a lot worse in the Middle East.
  16. politics
    Is the Democratic Primary About Foreign Policy Now?Trump’s decision to assassinate Qassem Soleimani refocuses the primary, at least for now.
  17. qasem soleimani
    Prominent Iraq War Supporters Think Soleimani Killing Was a Great IdeaThe magnitude of their mistake in 2003 does not seem to have dimmed their confidence in making predictions about what comes next.
  18. vision 2020
    Gabbard Wins Coveted Endorsement From Dennis ‘Kingmaker’ KucinichAmerica’s most influential former mayor of Cleveland says Gabbard is the antiwar candidate. He is wrong.
  19. foreign policy
    Trump’s Plan to Make the World Respect America Is Succeeding — on His TermsTrump doesn’t care about global respect. He cares about appeasing his supporters.
  20. climate change
    Trump Sues California to Kill Cross-Border Cap-and-Trade MarketIt’s just the latest in the administration’s legal battles with the country’s largest state, which particularly target action on climate change.
  21. syria
    What Impulsive Foreign-Policy Move Might Trump Make Next?Intelligencer staffers discuss the implications of President Trump’s Syria debacle.
  22. foreign policy
    Pence Says Turkey Has Agreed to Cease-fire in SyriaTurkey has reportedly agreed to halt its invasion for five days so that Kurdish forces can peacefully withdraw from the contested region.
  23. president trump
    Trump: Kurds Are ‘Not Angels.’ In Fact, They’re ‘Worse at Terror’ Than ISISThe president explains that the forces his own administration allied with against ISIS were actually worse than ISIS all along.
  24. syria
    Turkey: Trump Knew ‘Precisely’ the Scope of Our Attack Plans in SyriaAs Turkish bombs fall on Kurdish border towns, Erdogan’s government insists that Trump green-lit its operation.
  25. foreign interests
    Trump and Erdogan Are Only Increasing the Odds of an ISIS ComebackTurkey claims its attack on the Kurds, which Trump cleared the way for, is about securing “peace.” It’s likely to do the exact opposite.
  26. corruption
    Trump’s (Insane) Conflict of Interest in the Turkey-Syria DisputeTrump collects millions in royalties from a licensing agreement in Istanbul — a deal that an ally of Erdogan could cancel at any time.
  27. world view
    Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Is a Mistake We’re Doomed to RepeatMilitary and GOP leaders rebuked Trump over December’s abrupt Syria shift, but didn’t go far enough. Their latest complaints won’t rein him in either.
  28. foreign policy
    Trump Defends Syria Policy in Series of Wild, Authoritarian TweetsHe boasted of his “great and unmatched wisdom” and threatened to obliterate Turkey’s economy if the country displeases him.
  29. world view
    Saudi Oil Attack Prompts More Incoherence From Trump AdministrationThe strikes disabled critical Saudi oil infrastructure and revealed how unprepared the Trump administration is to handle such a crisis.
  30. war in afghanistan
    Trump’s Canceled Meeting With Taliban Was a Failed Attempt to Rush a Peace DealThe Camp David summit was reportedly a last-minute ploy to conclude negotiations and let Trump deliver a grand finale to the war in Afghanistan.
  31. foreign policy
    Trump’s Contradictions Dominate and Disrupt Another G-7The president and his staff continue to confound most of America’s allies even at a time when the trade-warring Trump could use some solidarity.
  32. vision 2020
    Gravel ’20 Is DoneIt was an improbable social-media based effort run by teenagers bristling with hostility to the “American empire,” but they made a mark.
  33. vision 2020
    Why the Democratic Debate Revived an Old Question About Nuclear WeaponsFearing Trump, Elizabeth Warren had proposed prohibiting any first use of nukes by any U.S. president, as Obama had considered doing.
  34. john bolton
    Trump Considers Foreign Policy a Good Cop Bad Cop Routine: ReportTrump thinks he offers the diplomatic carrot, while national security adviser John Bolton wields the military-industrial stick.
  35. vision 2020
    Marianne Williamson Gives a Loving Lift to Fellow Peacemonger Mike GravelWhen’s the last time a candidate helped a rival raise money? Never?
  36. world view
    Trump May Leave Office in 2021, But His Foreign Policy Mess Will LingerIt’s unwise to assume — as some 2020 contenders seem to — that the next president can just step back into Washington’s global role pre-Trump.
  37. trumplomacy
    What We Know About Trump’s DMZ Meeting With Kim Jong-unTrump met Kim, stepped into North Korea, and is now impatiently waiting for his Nobel Peace Prize.
  38. trade war
    Trump’s Big Tariff Threat Against China Is Officially a FlopChina appears to have called Trump’s bluff and extracted significant concessions, but there’s still no end in sight for the trade war.
  39. palace intrigue
    John Bolton Is Trying to Run a One-Man State Department: ReportBoth Mike Pompeo and President Trump are reportedly frustrated with the national security adviser overstepping his bounds.
  40. foreign policy
    Trump Makes Needless Threat to ‘End’ IranIt seems to have been prompted by a Fox News segment on his administration’s ramped-up tensions with the country.
  41. world view
    Are the U.S. and Iran Heading for War?An Intelligencer chat about the increasingly alarming possibility.
  42. foreign interests
    Voters Want an ‘America First’ Foreign Policy (Just Not Trump’s)A majority wants to prioritize domestic spending over the military budget, and their own economic security over spreading democracy.
  43. north korea
    Report: U.S. Agreed to Pay North Korea $2 Million for Otto Warmbier’s CareNorth Korea hit the U.S. with a bill prior to releasing the student, who died shortly after returning home.
  44. strongmen
    Breaking With His Cabinet, Trump Reportedly Okayed Libyan Warlord’s Coup AttemptTrump’s reported decision-making process to support Khalifa Haftar further reveals his affinity for strongmen and contempt for American intelligence.
  45. foreign policy
    Note to John Bolton: ‘Three Stooges of Socialism’ Is Not a Terrifying AllusionTrump’s national security adviser can’t seem to decide if the administration’s Latin American enemies are scary or figures of fun.
  46. yemen
    Trump Vetoes Resolution to End U.S. Support for Saudi War (Crimes) in YemenTrump likes to complain about U.S. involvement in pointless wars in the Middle East. But he (apparently) likes helping the Saudis starve Yemen more.
  47. vision 2020
    From Breezy Beto to Wonky Warren: How Candidates Use PolicyPolicies can be an ideological marker, a signature, or even an identity.
  48. foreign policy
    Trump and Kim Tease Another Pointless Peace SummitTrump and his administration have gotten nowhere with North Korea since the last two times they got nowhere, but rematches make good television.
  49. foreign policy
    America Used to Have an Overseas Empire. What Happened to It?Daniel Immerwahr’s How to Hide an Empire serves both as a history of American empire, and a warning about the Trump administration’s bellicosity.
  50. vision 2020
    The Best Argument for Bernie Sanders Is His Democratic GlobalismSanders is already building alliances with progressive forces the world over. Elizabeth Warren should start doing the same.
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