Trump’s Scorched Earth Tour of Europe

Theresa May and Donald Trump (White House via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick Like many other US citizens, I get very nervous every time Donald Trump goes to meet with foreign leaders. Whether they are friend, foe, competitor, or ally, it seems almost inevitable that Trump will find a creative… Continue Reading  

The NATO Summit: Important Issues Beyond the Antics

Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, and John Bolton at the NATO ministerial (State Department via Flickr)

by Paul R. Pillar Most press coverage of the NATO summit meeting was about Donald Trump’s political theater, for which NATO itself was merely a backdrop. Journalists who said that their heads were spinning after hearing Trump’s everything-is-fine press conference… Continue Reading  

An Urgently Needed Summit Strategy

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

by Dan Plesch and Kevin Miletic Securing Our Common Future, just issued by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, is an inspiring, visionary document produced after extensive consultations with governments and civil society. On the eve of Donald Trump’s trip to Europe… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Energy Offensive Against Iran: An Expert Analysis

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by Jim Lobe The Trump administration has “gone nuclear” in reportedly demanding that all of Iran’s current oil consumers completely eliminate imports of Iranian imports by November 4. This comes in the wake of the OPEC meeting in which, apparently under… Continue Reading  

Trump Goes to Europe: Performing Triage

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by Robert E. Hunter The next two weeks are potentially decisive for US relations with Europe and especially NATO. As The Washington Post argues, there could be a “catastrophe.” NATO leaders meet in Brussels on July 11-12 and then President… Continue Reading