How the Saudis Took Donald Trump for a Ride

Donald Trump showing Mohammed bin Salman how much business Saudi Arabia generates in the US (Shealah Craighead/White House)

by Ben Freeman and William D. Hartung It’s another Trump affair — this time without the allegations of sexual harassment (and worse), the charges and counter-charges, the lawsuits, and all the rest. So it hasn’t gotten the sort of headlines… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump and the Art of the Arms Deal

Protesting the arms trade (Campaign Against the Arms Trade via Flickr).

by William Hartung It’s one of those stories of the century that somehow never gets treated that way. For an astounding 25 of the past 26 years, the United States has been the leading arms dealer on the planet, at some moments… Continue Reading  

Saudi Fragility and Why MbS Is No Ataturk

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by Paul R. Pillar One of the more intriguing news reports about the rapid rise to power of the 32-year-old Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), concerns how he isolated his mother, placing her under house arrest for a… Continue Reading  

The Korea Talks and Why Policy Processes Matter

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by Paul R. Pillar In July 1951, armistice talks began that eventually, after two years of difficult negotiations, would halt the Korean War. The locale was the city of Kaesong, which was just south of the 38th parallel but on the… Continue Reading  

The Security Hole in the White House

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by Paul R. Pillar As anyone who has not been in a sensory deprivation tank for the past two years knows, quite a big deal was made of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary… Continue Reading