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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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Don’t Overthink It

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In Trump
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On September 25, 2019
The summary of the Trump’s phone call with Zelensky, as Paul argues, provides very strong evidence of corruption. Although likely only a partial account of what transpired in that single conversation, it implies that the President of the United States used economic and military assistance as leverage in his efforts to convince the Ukrainian government […]
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Moral Compass

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On September 13, 2019
When you’re right, you’re right. First daughter Ivanka Trump credits her father with teaching her the importance of good morals, Politico reported. During a fundraiser event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last month, Ivanka Trump shared intimate details about her time in the White House to encourage donors to fund President Trump’s reelection effort. When asked […]
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Trump Gears Up for 2020

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On August 28, 2019
Our classy president prepares for reelection. President Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules, according to current and former officials involved with […]
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