The messages Trump is sending make negotiations with Tehran less and less likely and increase the chance of another ruinous war of choice in the Middle East.
The sheer size of the military establishment and the habit of equating spending on it with patriotism make both sound management and serious oversight of defense expenditures rare.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s campaign against colonial-era pro-Japanese collaborators is an overlooked yet critical bilateral issue, linked to the United States and diplomacy with North Korea.
Europe is grappling with how to uphold the Iranian nuclear deal without the United States.
In the current climate, the U.S.-Russian relationship is likely to stay stuck regardless of any grand gestures aimed at turning Putin into President Trump’s “new best friend.”
The Trump administration’s economic vision for Palestinians is both breathless and blind.
The most obvious reason for the delayed release of Trump’s promised Middle East peace plan is Israel’s unsettled electoral politics. But Palestinian opposition and Arab apathy also limit its prospects.
When and if Tehran is ready to talk, the differences between Trump and Khamenei present further obstacles.
U.S.-Russia relations are at an impasse. Fixing this relationship requires Washington to change its policy on strategic stability, NATO expansion, and sanctions.
The Trump administration has conveyed no clear or realistic goals that would be served by the use of military force against Iran.