We’re Sorry, Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

by Paul R. Pillar Personal fondness for a foreign country plays such a large role for many participants in the debate about U.S. foreign policy (including policy toward the Middle East) that I should begin this piece with a disclosure:… Continue Reading  

Wait, You’re Sanctioning Us?!

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by John Feffer It’s embarrassing enough to have Donald Trump as president. But now American citizens have to endure the additional pain of the sanctions that other countries are imposing on the United States. Doesn’t the world realize that we’re… Continue Reading  

The Flight 93 Doctrine

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by John Feffer As presidencies approach their midpoints, pundits begin the inevitable search for that elusive creature: the doctrine. It’s often a quixotic quest, since presidents rarely boil down their foreign-policy visions — if they even have them — to… Continue Reading  

China May Test Adelson’s Control Over Trump Foreign Policy

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by Eli Clifton Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has, by multiple accounts, gotten much of what he wanted when he backed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign with a $35 million investment and emerged, alongside his wife Miriam, as the biggest donors to… Continue Reading  

China’s Bigger Economic Threat

Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modico (photo by Sam Valadi via Flickr)

by Walden Bello Conventional wisdom holds that China is on the ascent and the United States is in decline, that China’s economy is roaring with raw energy and that Beijing’s “Belt and Road” mega-project of infrastructure building in Central, South,… Continue Reading