The Muddled Travel Ban

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by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration’s travel ban is in its third version, and it still does not respond convincingly to the ostensible need it was supposed to address. The supposed purpose itself is unclear. The latest version introduces… Continue Reading  

The Enduring Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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by Paul R. Pillar President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whom the president has entrusted with, among many other things, searching for an Israeli-Palestinian peace, said regarding that task: “We don’t want a history lesson. How does that help us get… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Nuclear Sunset Clauses

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by Paul R. Pillar Opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), always has been filled with disingenuous arguments. This reflects the fundamental illogic of the opponents’ position: if the agreement were… Continue Reading  

Getting to Yes With North Korea

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by Paul R. Pillar The new United Nations Security Council resolution on North Korea was mainly a U.S.-promoted show, even though it passed unanimously. The principal story of the resolution concerned how severe a set of sanctions the United States… Continue Reading  

Storms in the Anthropocene and Post-Truth Epochs

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by Paul R. Pillar The loss of respect for truth is one of the most consequential features of public affairs in American today. The roots and causes of this tragic development are multiple. The spread of social media and the… Continue Reading