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Trump, Foreign Policy

Donald Trump And The New Global System

The Trump foreign policy chaos is likely to accelerate centrifugal forces in the global system that will be the death-knell of American exceptionalism and leadership, hastening a rebalancing of global power with the United States as just another player.

March 13, 2017
Obama, Foreign Policy

Why Obama’s Legacy Is His Foreign Policy

Taken overall, Obama’s legacy will rest heavily on foreign affairs given that he has struggled to secure major domestic policy momentum in his second term.

January 5, 2017

A Dim Attack On Dumb Policy

Simply pointing out the obvious alternatives to demonstrably failed policy does not sound policy make. Whether a President Trump supports Russia in Syria or not, Russia will remain there until its policy objectives—not America’s—are met.

August 28, 2016

What Obama Says Scares Him About Trump

“I set aside the nuclear codes,” he said in an interview broadcast on NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday. “What I think is scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff and doesn’t seem to have an interest in learning what they don’t know.”

July 27, 2016
hillary clinton foreign policy speech

Clinton Unleashes Broadside Against Trump In Foreign Policy Speech

Hillary Clinton delivered a highly-anticipated foreign policy speech today in San Diego — a harsh rebuke Donald Trump’s rhetoric, absence of serious policy proposals, and the threat he presents to the future of the country and the world.

June 2, 2016

A Trump Doctrine At Last?

But perhaps the most Trumpian thing of all the Trumpian things about the speech was the incredible lack of how. Trump made promises that contradicted each other, sure, but also sweeping statements—ensuring ISIS “will be gone” the most spectacular among them—that simply had no follow through.

April 29, 2016
Donald Trump

Pundits Hated Trump’s Nonsensical Foreign Policy Speech

The reviews are in for Donald Trump’s widely anticipated foreign policy speech and the overwhelming consensus was that it was an unmitigated disaster, full of contradictions and policy prescriptions that annoyed pundits and commentators across the spectrum.

April 28, 2016
joe biden speaking

Biden Arrives For Unannounced Visit To Iraq To Help Shore Up Wobbly Government

Vice President Joe Biden arrived unannounced in Iraq on Thursday for the first time in five years to assess the ongoing U.S.-led military coalition’s campaign against the Islamic State, amid political turmoil here threatening Prime Minister Haider Abadi’s hold on power.

April 28, 2016
Vladimir Putin

Putin-Ally Hails Trump As ‘Pragmatic’ Presidential Pick

Putin-ally and Russian lawmaker Alexei Pushkov has called ex-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “deluded” and tipped Donald Trump as the best choice for the U.S. presidency

April 28, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a town hall campaign event in Hickory, North Carolina March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Trump Reads Nonsense Foreign Policy Speech

Trump accused the Obama administration of operating internationally with “No vision, no purpose, no direction, no strategy,” for example, but later said that “We must as, a nation, be more unpredictable.”

April 27, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he leads the news media on a tour of the construction site of the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump Questions NATO, Asia Nuclear Weapons Ahead Of Washington Summit

In another sharp departure from historic U.S. policy, Trump said in an interview published on Sunday by The New York Times that he would consider letting Japan and South Korea build their own nuclear weapons, rather than rely on America for protection against North Korea and China.

March 27, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) afternoon general session in Washington March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The World Is Watching Donald Trump, And They’re Not Impressed

The Economist Intelligence Unit has rated a Donald Trump presidency as one of its top 10 threats to global stability and security. Other threats included Britain leaving the European Union and Russia’s military action in the Ukraine and Syria leading to a new Cold War.

March 22, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump and rival candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R) cross paths during a break at the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Cruz And Trump’s Foreign Policy Advisors Are Unsurprisingly Bad

Trump’s understanding of U.S. power projection around the world as a money drain—and his proposed solution of a tribute payment solution—reflects a childish understanding of geopolitics.

March 22, 2016
Sessions speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Trump Names Foreign Policy Team Led By Alabama Senator: Report

Most of those named by Trump are not well known in foreign policy academic or expert circles.

March 21, 2016
Donald Trump

Trump’s Foreign Policy Sage Is Himself, Of Course

According to Trump, there is no one better suited to provide foreign policy insight than… himself.

March 16, 2016

Sanders And Clinton Split On Henry Kissinger’s Legacy

Bernie Sanders clashed with Hillary Clinton over her praise for Henry Kissinger, who he described as one of the worst secretaries of state in living memory.

February 12, 2016
United States Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, at the United Nations in New York

US, Iran Remain Worlds Apart On Major Foreign Policy Issues

The glow of goodwill that followed a surprise prisoner swap and the lifting of international sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program over the weekend is already being tempered by the somber realization that the Islamic Republic is not likely to change course significantly on other pressing conflicts with the West.

January 21, 2016
Americans sense of humor

Here’s A Fact: No Democrat Gets High Marks From NRA

The liveliest portions of Sunday’s Democratic debate, the last before Iowa’s caucuses Feb. 1, were sparked by gun control and Wall Street regulation.

January 19, 2016

Foreign Policy Responses To State Of The Union High On Social Media

The top social moment on Facebook on Tuesday night came when President Barack Obama spoke on anti-Muslim sentiment in his final State of the Union, according to follow up data from the social media platform.

January 14, 2016

Seeking South Carolina Foothold, Bush Wins Another Graham Backer

Jeb Bush picked up more support for his presidential campaign in South Carolina on Thursday, signing up more than a dozen military veterans in the state and collecting another member of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s national security coalition.

January 8, 2016

Republicans Say North Korea Bomb Test Claims Are Hillary Clinton’s Fault

North Korea’s claim to have tested its first hydrogen bomb is the latest foreign policy litmus test in the presidential race: Republican candidates are blaming President Barack Obama’s policies for the rogue regime’s boldness and seeking to tie the U.S. approach to Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who served as Obama’s secretary of state.

January 7, 2016

Restive Debates About ‘Ruthless Things’ — Fifth GOP Debates Spotlights Terror At Home And Abroad

“We’re talking about ruthless things tonight,” co-moderator Hugh Hewitt said deep in the second debate. Indeed, Rick Santorum kicked off the affair by asserting, “We have entered World War III,” setting the tone for a pair of fractious, grim GOP debates focussed on national security and terrorism.

December 16, 2015

Post-Paris: Which Candidates Gain, Which Don’t

Is Paris making voters think more about the commander in chief part of the job of president?If so, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton are up.

November 25, 2015
Ben Carson

Cuba Policy Stumps Ben Carson In Florida

In an interview, Carson appeared stumped by questions about the so-called wet-foot, dry-foot policy, which allows Cubans who reach U.S. soil to remain here. He was candid about not being up to speed.

November 4, 2015

Throwing Stones At A Sitting President: A Topsy-Turvy Day On The Hill

John McCain, who lost against Obama in 2008, slipped in Senatespeak and called Obama “Obama.” That’s President Obama to you, sir.

September 11, 2015