The Middle East in Trump’s Wake

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by Emile Nakhleh As President Donald Trump revels in his diplomatic foray into North Korea, he doesn’t have any comparable diplomatic “success” in the Middle East. None of the optimistic promises he made upon assuming office in January 2017 regarding… Continue Reading  

OPEC and President Trump: His Tweets Don’t Matter

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by Thomas W. Lippman There are several possible explanations for the tweet President Trump sent out on Wednesday criticizing the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the continuing rise in the price of oil. One is that he simply… Continue Reading  

Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea and Iran: Let the Comparisons Begin

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by Paul R. Pillar North Korea and Iran represent significantly different nuclear-related challenges. The biggest difference is that North Korea has nuclear weapons while Iran doesn’t and never has. If North Korea really were to become no longer a nuclear… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Unileaderism

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by John Feffer In the wake of the disastrous G7 meeting in Canada and the successful summit in Singapore, it’s hard to know what to call U.S. foreign policy these days. It’s not just unilateralism, where Washington acts alone and… Continue Reading  

North Korea’s Negotiating Position Is Out of Reach for Iran, Even if It Acquires a Bomb

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj The Singapore Summit was bittersweet for those working to save the Iran nuclear deal. Just a few weeks after Trump violated a robust, multilateral arms control agreement, he choreographed his own bid to strike a similar agreement… Continue Reading