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Ukraine

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On September 19, 2019
The Washington Post is reporting that: A whistleblower complaint about President Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter, which has set off a struggle between Congress and the executive branch. The complaint involved communications with a foreign leader and a “promise” that Trump made, which […]
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Back during the Obama administration, opponents of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) peddled a lot of nonsense in their attempt to derail a pretty robust non-proliferation deal. Some hawks argued that the United States would be unable to effectively reimpose sanctions on Iran should it choose to. But it turns out that, at […]

The Kleptocrats!

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On September 6, 2019

The consequences of the Trump administration have been both depressing and predictable. The only uncertainty: the scope and speed of the cruelty inflicted on the vulnerable and the ultimate extent of

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A new article in Foreign Policy by Colum Lynch and Robbie Gramer does a great job of summing up two reasons that the United States is losing influence over international ordering. The first is long-term American relative decline. Washington has lost its de facto “patronage monopoly.” This has reduced American leverage over other countries. Governments […]
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A World of “Fortress Economies”?

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On August 24, 2019
Over at The Monkey Cage, Henry Farrell and Abe Newman argue that the world is headed away from old-style globalization and toward “fortress economies.” In their view, Trump’s latest threats to increase tariffs, as well as his warnings to American companies to relocate out of China, provide a dramatic example of a general trend. U.S. […]
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