Pompeo’s Appointment Bodes Ill for the Middle East


by Emile Nakhleh Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s departure and his replacement—current CIA director Mike Pompeo—will not move the Middle East to a better place. Nor will the possible elevation of the current deputy director of the CIA Gina Haspel… Continue Reading  

The Korea Talks and Why Policy Processes Matter


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  

Trump’s National Security Strategy: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid


bu Robert E. Hunter The Trump administration’s recently issued National Security Strategy for 2017 has already sunk from public sight. Judged by its content, that is as it should be. As The New York Times reflected when the NSS was… Continue Reading  

Turning Rex T. into T. Rex


by Robert E. Hunter Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the latest figure in the Trump administration to be featured in the mainstream media, and not in a flattering way. Traditionally, when a cabinet officer falls afoul of the media,… Continue Reading  

State Department Reform: How to Avoid a Train Wreck


by Diana Ohlbaum If nothing else, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seems determined to retool the mechanics of the State Department, a process he calls “redesign. There’s a full head of steam behind reform efforts, with more than 60 reports… Continue Reading