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Celebrity Assassination

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On January 19, 2020
Douglas London, a retired Senior CIA Operations Officer, has a disturbing – but not in a terribly surprising way – piece at Just Security. The gist is that Trump is obsessed with taking down “celebrity” targets, and in ways that undermine American national security objectives. At CIA, I saw this play out more than once. […]
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I’ve written before about the Trump administration’s reckless and dangerous assault on America’s diplomatic power. Our diplomats are the lifeblood of extensive international networks that the United States uses to mobilize international support for its foreign-policy goals. In recent history, declining great powers have been able to hold onto outsized leverage via, in part, the accumulated institutional […]
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Trumpian Unpredictability

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On October 7, 2019
Back in 2017, Dani Nedal and I wrote an article about Donald Trump’s claim that “unpredictability” is a good approach to conducting U.S. foreign policy. We looked closely at the logic behind it, and the analogy drawn by some pundits to the Nixon “madman theory” of coercive diplomacy. We found both lacking. Thus, for the United States, unpredictability carries […]
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