Helsinki’s Top Lesson: No US-Russia Cold War

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by Robert E. Hunter No U.S. president in living memory has been so pilloried for his foreign policy actions as has President Donald Trump since he met with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. A former head of the CIA… Continue Reading  

The Multiple Facets of the Russia Problem

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by Paul R. Pillar Two different issues—Russian interference in the U.S. election of 2016 and overall U.S. policy toward Russia—too often have been conflated. Donald Trump’s questioning of the interference and his submission to Russian President Vladimir Putin have tainted… Continue Reading  

Mattis, Pompeo, Kelly, Bolton, Coats: Resign Now

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump (Wikimedia Commons)

by Diana Ohlbaum Every elected and appointed U.S. official, other than the president, must take the following oath: I, ____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and… Continue Reading  

Why Promote a Lying CIA Director?

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by Ben Armbruster It’s rare that a proponent of military confrontation who is openly hostile to a different religious belief, dismissive of climate science, seemingly supportive of torture, and unsympathetic to women’s and LGBTQ rights would be nominated to become… Continue Reading  

How John Bolton Handles Diverse Viewpoints and Expert Analysis

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by Paul R. Pillar John Bolton has a glaring record of extreme and bombastic views and behavior. First-hand recollections of that record include, for example, former State Department officer Greg Thielmann’s description of Bolton’s performance as one of the most… Continue Reading