Foreign Policy

Donald Trump's Art Of The Retreat

The master negotiator hasn’t had much success, you know, negotiating.<p>WASHINGTON ― Just three months into his presidency, Donald Trump’s bestselling <i>The Art of the Deal</i> might be due for a sequel: <i>The Humility of the Failed Bluff</i>.<p>The boastful businessman who claimed that his negotiating skills were …

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<i>In his first interview with NPR, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has a wide-ranging interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep.</i><p><b>Steve Inskeep: I want to begin with North Korea. We heard when you said, "the era of strategic patience is over," so we know what your policy is not. Is there a word</b> …

World Politics

Trump Says He Was Persuaded to Stay in NAFTA

President Trump said he “was preparing to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement in coming days but changed his mind after his …

Politics

South Korea hits back at Trump for demanding $1bn for Thaad missile deployment

The president also threatened to scrap or renegotiate the US-South Korea free trade deal.<p>South Korea has slammed US President Donald Trump's …

North Korea

Amid nuclear threat, what are the U.S. military options against North Korea?

As President Trump raises the real possibility of "major conflict" with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, the U.S. is putting on a …

Armed Conflict

Donald Trump warns there is a chance of ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea

Donald Trump has warned about a "major, major conflict" between the US and North Korea, saying a catastrophic confrontation with the isolated state …

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Erdogan's India visit - A Muslim nationalist meets a Hindu nationalist

Basking in glory after emerging victorious in a recent divisive referendum, Turkish leader Erdogan is traveling to India as part of a whirlwind tour of global powers. The agenda includes terror, trade and nuclear issues.<p>When Turkey's charismatic President Recep Tayyip Erdogan touches down in …

India

Russian Officials Say U.S. Global Missile Defense Could Lead to Nuclear War in Europe

Top Russian political and military officials said the U.S.'s missile defense shield in Europe may encourage Washington to launch a nuclear attack on …

Armed Conflict

There’s Something New In The Trump-McCain Relationship These Days

John McCain entered the Senate on Tuesday with a skip in his step as reporters asked him the question every senator hopes to hear: <i>How was your dinner last night with the president?</i><p>“The food was terrible,” McCain joked. The Arizona Republican then gave a resounding defense of Trump’s foreign policy …

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Donald Trump keeps provoking North Korea, while threatening to leave South Korea defenseless

Trump thinks there will be a conflict with North Korea, but won't aid the country that would be hurt most<p>In the same week that President Donald Trump used the North Korean crisis for a cheap political stunt, the president has begun intimating that a serious confrontation with the nuclear-powered …

International Relations

The Foreign Policy Blunder Nobody is Talking About

Quite often in Washington, the greater number of legislators who vote in favor of a piece of legislation, the worse that piece of legislation is. …

Geopolitics

Two U.S. troops die battling Islamic State militants in Afghanistan

Two U.S. service members were killed during operations against the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Thursday.<p>Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the deaths occurred overnight in Afghanistan's Nangahar province, where a small but virulent Islamic State cell poses a …

Afghanistan

100 Days In, Trump's Generals Seen As A Moderating Force

When President Donald Trump selected retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary, it was a rare choice. No recently retired general had been selected for the top Pentagon job since George Marshall, some 66 years earlier.<p>Mattis had wide support on Capitol Hill from both parties. Described …

Armed Conflict

Police head off suspected terror attack near Parliament in London

Suspect was found carrying several large knives just yards from where an attacker killed four people with an SUV and a knife.

World News

President Trump is being shaped by power

<b>(CNN) —</b> It is possible, even probable, that Donald Trump will leave office smarter than when he went in -- even if he still insists he is often the smartest one in the room.<p>He'll have learnt that Twitter is not the best forum for high-stakes diplomacy.<p>His Twitter spat in January with the Enrique …

International Relations

The Final Stage of the Machiavellian Elites’ Takeover of America

By <b>Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould</b>Neoconservatism was born during the Cold War with an overt mission to roll back Russian/Soviet influence …

Geopolitics

Missing the Point on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told a defense exposition this month that his country would “not seek the permission of anyone” to build missiles, …

Iran

New reporting calls into question a White House adviser’s credentials and expertise

National security aide Sebastian Gorka is “a peddler of snake oil,” a Hungarian intelligence official told BuzzFeed.<p>From day one of the Trump …

Liberal POV

Donald Trump’s massive missed opportunity

His first 100 days may have been his best chance to transform America.<p>On the morning of November 9, 2016, the possibilities seemed endless.<p>Donald Trump had won the presidency. The Republican Party controlled both houses of Congress. The world, it appeared, was their oyster. Eight years of President …

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Trump to Tell N.R.A. in Person: Thank You

WASHINGTON — President Trump will say thank you to the National Rifle Association on Friday, pausing his rush to pile up achievements in the final hours of his first 100 days in office to become the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address the group’s annual convention in Atlanta.<p>Mr. …

Politics

How Trump Made America Less Secure in 100 Days

If the only measure of national security success during a president’s first 100 days were avoiding catastrophe, then, OK, President Trump has …

World Politics

EU on course to renew Russia sanctions barring Le Pen election win

VALLETTA (Reuters) - The European Union will seek to renew economic sanctions against Russia when they expire at the end of July, encouraged by U.S. President Donald Trump's unexpectedly frosty relations with Moscow, EU diplomats and officials said.<p>The bloc imposed sanctions on Russia after Moscow …

World News

The State Department Is Still Dangerously Understaffed

Rex Tillerson is reportedly unconcerned about nearly 200 unfilled positions.<p>With his 100th day in office just around the corner, <b>Donald Trump’s</b> continued disinterest in filling the 468 of 556 government positions that still require confirmation by the Senate is beginning to look like a crisis. Many …

World Politics

U.S. Army Will Send 1,500 Troops To Afghanistan For Summer 2017

The Army will send 1,500 paratroopers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division to "train, advise and assist" in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan War

Critical perspectives on the US alliance are unthinkable in Australian politics

Bill Shorten has swallowed his distaste for Donald Trump and done his duty. By meeting with Mike Pence, Shorten has legitimised the Trump regime<p>Mike Pence visited Australia during the week of Anzac Day. Our leaders did their best to affirm that 100 years after thousands of Australians were fed into …

World Politics

Balance of Power: Brexit Plotting - Bloomberg

<i>Sign up to receive the Balance of Power newsletter in your inbox, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more.</i><p>Angela Merkel and …

Brexit

Why Is Our Ally Qatar Hosting Terrorists Like Hamas?

One week after hosting U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Qatar will be hosting a conference by Hamas. Is there a better symbol of Qatar’s two-faced foreign policy?<p>Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, is officially designated as a terrorist group by the United States, the Europe …

Middle East

Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate

<i>Donald Trump spoke to the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. on March 21, 2016, as the Republican presidential candidate. (Lorie Shaull / CC BY-SA</i> …

Israel

Trump’s Muslim ban isn’t just racist. It’s also bad for our national security.

This really isn’t good.<p>Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will restrict migration from seven Muslim-majority countries, with …

Iran

Donald Trump has a big red button on his desk - but it doesn't do what you might think

It's been nearly 100 days since Donald Trump took office.<p>To mark the occasion, the President welcomed a group of journalists into the White House …

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