What Is a Rogue State?

Donald Trump and Mohammad bin Salman (White House)

by Paul R. Pillar The concept of a rogue state (or outlaw state, or any equivalent term) cannot just refer to a state pursuing interests that the United States does not happen to like or identify with. States must be… Continue Reading  

Remodeling the Belt and Road: Pakistan Picks Up the Torch

Imran Khan (Asianet-Pakistan via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey Pakistan, following in the footsteps of Malaysia and Myanmar, is the latest country to balk at the China and infrastructure focus of Beijing’s Belt and Road-related investments. Preparing for his first visit to China as Pakistan’s prime… Continue Reading  

Trump Has Put US On Path To War With Iran While Nobody is Paying Attention

Kent Conrad (U.S. Air Force Photo/Senior Airman Amanda N. Stencil)

by Ben Armbruster Sixteen years ago this week, 77 U.S. senators and 296 members of the House of Representatives gave President George W. Bush the authority to wage war in Iraq. That monumental vote enabled what is arguably the biggest… Continue Reading  

Nikki Haley’s Mission Accomplished Moment

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by Derek Davison On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump announced that his United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, was resigning and will leave the administration at the end of 2018. Haley’s departure came as a surprise. Most high-profile departures from the Trump… Continue Reading  

Has Saudi Arabia Finally Gone Too Far?

Jim Mattis and Mohammed bin Salman (Defense Department)

by Thomas W. Lippman In the 75-year history of the improbable alliance between the United State and Saudi Arabia, the Saudis have taken many actions and adopted many policies that infuriated the White House or Congress or both. They participated… Continue Reading