World Politics

We looked at the new national security adviser’s writings. Turns out he’s the anti-Bannon.

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, is a celebrated warrior — in one famous Gulf War battle, the unit he commanded destroyed 28 Iraqi tanks without suffering a single casualty. He’s also, perhaps surprisingly, a celebrated scholar, too. He received a PhD …

Foreign Policy

Mexico tells US it will refuse deportees from other countries

Interior secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong says ‘there is no chance’ it will accept deported immigrants amid tensions in US-Mexico relations<p>The Mexican government made clear to visiting US emissaries that it will not accept deportees from third countries under any circumstances, the interior …

Mexico

Donald Trump's foreign policy might be unconventional but it is delivering results

At the heart of Donald Trump's foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945.<p>Practically every …

Foreign Policy

There's a new push to make Obama president again. This time, of France.

In just a couple of months, French voters will go to the polls to elect their next president. It's already turning into a divisive campaign, with the one-time conservative front-runner François Fillon deeply wounded by a corruption scandal and facing stiff competition from both the far right Marine …

France

Experts dispute Trump's assertion that U.S. nuclear arms capability is lagging

| WASHINGTON<p>While President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States must expand its nuclear arsenal, many experts say U.S. nuclear forces are unrivaled and will remain so as they undergo a modernization program that could cost more than $1 trillion.<p>In an interview with Reuters on …

Armed Conflict

North Korea Condemns Lone Ally China Publicly for ‘First Time’

North Korea is not a country with a lot of allies.<p>So when its state-run news agency appeared to lash out at key supporter China — alleging it was "dancing to the tune of the U.S." — it raised eyebrows.<p>The ties between Pyongyang and Beijing run deep, with the relationship characterized by some …

North Korea

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War

1. Soft Targets<p>On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures”—<i>aktivniye meropriyatiya</i>—against the reëlection campaign of President Ronald Reagan. Unlike classic espionage, which involves the collection of foreign …

World News

‘None of these big quagmire deals’: Trump spells out historic shift in approach to trade

President Trump on Friday spelled out a historic shift in the way America crafts trade deals — one that could leverage Trump’s deal-making abilities but also complicate life for companies that do business around the world and end up weighing on global growth.<p>Speaking to the Conservative Political …

Foreign Policy

U.S. diplomat warns against isolationism in implicit Trump rebuke

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The longest-serving U.S. diplomat warned against isolationism, protectionism and Russian aggression on Friday in a retirement speech implicitly criticizing some of U.S. President Donald Trump's policies even as he urged officials to serve the White House loyally.<p>Ambassador …

Foreign Policy

A professor’s lesson: “American democracy is now confronting an abyss”

Michael Glennon takes on the dilemmas of Trump and the Deep State.<p>Ah, listen to that ominous phrase, the “.”<p>You hear the words hissing from the fur-lined rat hole of Breitbart. They ring from the pulpit of Greenwald. They sound in the silos of Salon and The Atlantic and Foreign Policy. And over on …

Foreign Policy

Big changes are in the works for the Marine Corps' elite snipers

Since the days of Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock and his exploits in Vietnam, the image of Marine Corps Scout Snipers has struck fear in the hearts of America’s enemies.<p>And for good reason.<p>The Corps has one of the most comprehensive — and toughest — training schools for its sniper teams, with a …

Armed Conflict

The Air Force wants the F-35 jet to fight ISIS. Whether that will happen is in question.

The Air Force wants to deploy the stealthy F-35A Joint Strike Fighter in the air campaign against the Islamic State, citing the increasingly complex operating environment over Syria, but it’s not clear that it will be able to do so before the conflict is over.<p>Gen. Herbert J. “Hawk” Carlisle, …

Armed Conflict

Why a Newly Confident Mexico Is in No Rush to Renegotiate NAFTA

Mexico is increasingly confident that U.S. President Donald Trump will not be able to impose harsh barriers on imports anytime soon, and officials …

NAFTA

The Cost Of Screwing This Up Is Unimaginable

I believe that <i>truly</i> free trade helps everyone. But that’s not what recent so-called free trade deals have given us.<p>Instead, they delivered something quite different from the kind of free trade that Adam Smith and David Ricardo envisioned.<p><b>Globalization Perks Are Distributed Unevenly</b><p>I explained this …

Free Trade

Trump is spending his political capital and costing the US friends

Nic Robertson is CNN's international diplomatic editor. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the author.<p>(CNN)While President Donald Trump was busy ignoring the reality of his low approval ratings by bathing in the embrace of an adoring crowd last weekend, his foreign policy challenges …

Foreign Policy

Which countries make it hardest for citizens to live with foreign spouses

As a citizen of any free country, you might be forgiven for thinking that the person you marry will be able to live with you. But increasingly that’s not the case, especially as wealthy countries grow panicky about immigration.<p>A stark example comes from the UK. Any British citizen with a spouse …

European Economic Area

America's Nuclear Weapons Program Is Already At The 'Top Of The Pack'

Yesterday U.S. President Donald Trump proclaimed that America’s nuclear arsenal must be at the “top of the pack.” For the record, America is already …

Armed Conflict

The US intervention in Libya was a key turning point for Putin in his attitude toward the US

The 2011 American military intervention in Libya was a turning point in Russian President Vladimir Putin's attitude toward the US, according to a lengthy report from The New Yorker examining Russia's interference in the 2016 US election.<p>The intervention was spearheaded by the secretary of state at …

Russia

Freaky February Heat Waves Trigger More Chills Over Climate Change

Hundreds of records have already been broken for the month.<p>A bonkers February with stretches of extremely high temperatures mixed periodically with old-fashioned, pre-climate-change plunging mercury is the latest chilling warning about global warming.<p>Single-day record highs as well as multiple-day …

Climate

Economists Have Been Demoted in Washington. That’s a Bad Idea.

Academic economists have received a demotion. The Trump administration has been filling out its cabinet and, unlike in the Obama administration, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers will not be part of it.<p>The council has long been the home of the economics profession in Washington, and …

Foreign Policy

Trump Wants To Increase Nuclear Capacity

A deactivated Soviet-era SS-4 medium range nuclear capable ballistic missile is displayed at La Cabana fortress in Havana, Oct. 15, 2012President …

Armed Conflict

Trump's Nafta Revamp Could Hit Close to Home for Key U.S. Industries - Bloomberg

American companies importing vehicles and their parts, electronics and fruit from south of the border would be well-advised to keep a close eye on …

NAFTA

The Foreign-Policy Contradictions of the Trump Administration: A Crib Sheet

America appears to be pursuing four Mexico strategies at once.<p>During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump regularly contradicted himself on foreign policy. Now he has an entire administration to mix up the messages. Often these misalignments seem to be attempts by Trump's team to soften the more …

Foreign Policy

Trump vs. Trump: Who to believe on the global economy?

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Since he took office, President Trump has been sowing confusion about where he stands on issues of major importance to the global economy.<p>He was against a border tax -- then praised it. He criticized the European Union -- then said he was "totally in favor of it."<p>Trump has also …

Globalization

Don’t let Beijing push us around, warns ‘frustrated’ former ambassador to China

BEIJING — The United States needs to stop getting pushed around by China and work out a long-term strategy to deal with the country’s rise, former U.S. ambassador Max Baucus said this week.<p>In an interview more than five weeks after leaving Beijing, Baucus expressed frustration with the Obama …

Foreign Policy

Trump's controversial national security aide reportedly tied to far-right, anti-semitic group

US President Donald Trump's deputy assistant has ties to Jobbik, a far-right political party in Hungary, according to a report published Friday in Jewish media outlet Forward.<p>That deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, is a naturalized American citizen born in the United Kingdom to Hungarian parents. …

Foreign Policy

Homeland Security Intelligence Report Disputes Terror Threat for Countries Included in Travel Ban

(WASHINGTON) — Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority …

Government

Cyber Week in Review: February 24, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed:<p><b>1. File under: Not entirely</b> <b>surprising.</b> Russian …

World News

As N. Korea Concerns Grow, Here's How Little U.S. Is Spending To Defend Against A Ballistic Missile Attack

The greatest threat to America’s security isn’t Islamic terrorism or cyber attacks. It’s the possibility a country like North Korea will launch nuclear warheads against the United States. North Korea’s erratic dictator, Kim Jong Un, claimed in a speech on New Year’s Day that his country would soon …

North Korea

A Bunch of Cities Are Sweating Through the Hottest February Day on Record

Unseasonably high temperatures continued to make February feel more like May on Friday, with new record highs seen across the Midwest and into the …

Global Warming