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America Adrift: ‘Bringing The World To Crisis”

Posted by James Kitfield on


The Trump administration has watered down U.S. global leadership to coercive deal-making. The dangerous contours of a world in crisis are now coming into stark relief.

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Leaks, Drones, Mystery Attacks: US-Iran Tensions Boil Hot, But…

Posted by Arie Egozi on


As troops and hardware are on the move in the Gulf, diplomats signal that no one is eager for war.

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How To Strengthen Alliances On President Trump’s Watch

Posted by Michael Krepon on


America’s Asian allies have been unnerved by President Donald Trump’s dismissive rhetoric about alliances based on cost/benefit grounds, and his decision to dump the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. That’s part of the reason Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled in Asia to calm nerves in Tokyo and Seoul. America’s European allies are also deeply unsettled by Trump’s… Keep reading →

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Quarantine? What Are American Options for the South China Sea?

Posted by Dean Cheng on


Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who had expressed serious reservations about Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s nominee to be Secretary of State, said Sunday afternoon they would vote for him, pretty much assuring his elevation. The most combustible part of Tillerson’s testimony was about how to handle a rising China’s actions in the South and East… Keep reading →

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Sen. Ayotte Pledges Hold On Amb. Rice Nomination For State

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[After meeting this morning with Amb. Susan Rice, Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, spoke to reporters today at a 12noon roundtable at the Foreign Policy Institute’s annual conference, where she promised there “absolutely” would be a hold if Amb. Rice is nominated for Secretary of State — and potentially, a hold on any administration nominee for… Keep reading →

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