Looking away from Saudi perfidy is an embarrassment to the thesis of a rule-based order, but be careful about ditching Riyadh for the sake of idealism.
President Trump is facing an international crisis with no obvious good fix. So his slow, measured approach is the right one.
It is better to be a conservative realist and nationalist than to be a utopian internationalist and be slapped in the face by reality.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s patient approach may be politically risky, but it is strategically safe. An unprovoked attack from the Kim regime is deeply implausible.
The newly visible balancing China approach could be the Trump administration’s legacy foreign policy move, if the president can stay away from needless interventionism in the next two years.
Former president of Russian target Georgia: After a lifetime of firsthand experience with Russian aggression, I must evaluate Trump’s actions against the historical context. In doing so, I find Trump’s actions speak for themselves.
Trump’s supporters will forgive the president’s blunders if his actions bear the results he’s promising. In the meantime, Trump’s critics don’t need to make up or exaggerate the mistakes he’s made.
Today the president let Vladimir Putin save too much face, which could delay improvement in U.S.-Russia relations.
The old willingness to ‘pay any price, bear any burden’ is waning. There is no reason we should subsidize others’ luxuries, let alone when we have so many problems at home.
If you don’t like the messenger or how he messages, fine, but don’t miss the real issue: Does NATO as it is functioning require a bit of scrutiny and reform? Obviously so.
We’ve seen the cycle happen too many times. Every administration thinks they know how to deal with North Korea — yet they too end up fooled.
President Trump’s grievances about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are not his, not new, and definitely not influenced by the 2016 election or Russia.
This habit of seeing Islam through a narrow lens reinforces the likelihood that the Washington memo pushing for Islamic reformation is a significant strategy. It won’t work as planned.
President Trump wants a ‘historic’ deal to make him look like a great leader—exactly the mistake previous presidents made in negotiating with North Korea.
While the summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un was historic, it remains to be seen whether it accomplished much good for the world.
If foreign policy is all about optics, resonance to the domestic audience, and regime stability, Kim Jong-Un, Xi Jinping, and Moon Jae-In are toast.
Had the dictator pulled the lever before Trump did, it would have been seen as an embarrassment for the president. So at least the summit imploded on Trump’s terms.
Some men have been so consumed by jealousy that they hate ‘the man’ simply because he is what they want to be and cannot achieve.
Lost in the media hoopla over the move is a solid discussion of the law and history shaping this historic moment.
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