Doctrine and Trump’s Foreign Policy

Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen

by Paul R. Pillar The urge within the commentariat to describe every president’s foreign policy in terms of some clearly defined doctrine is as strong as ever, but Donald Trump presents would-be doctrine-definers with perhaps their toughest challenge yet. This… Continue Reading  

What If the US Left the World Scene?

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by Gordon Adams A summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on, off, then on again. There is a pattern here, perhaps the only certain pattern in the eccentric Trump tenure at the White House.… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Trade War Isn’t Really About China

Campaigners from Global Justice Now, War on Want and the Trade Justice Movement demonstrate outside the Department for International Trade in Westminster (Global Justice Now via Flickr)

by John Feffer By slapping tariffs on Chinese imports, Donald Trump has once again proven to be the Disrupter-in-Chief. This week alone, he’s brought John Bolton in as national security advisor over the objections of every sane person in the universe, threatened to go… Continue Reading  

Armenia, Azerbaijan Compete for Iranian Cargo

Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Karen Karapetyan

by Bradley Jardine On its heavily fortified border with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Armenia is developing a new strategy to overcome decades of economic isolation. But a bit to the east, on its own border with Iran, Azerbaijan is… Continue Reading  

The United States and China: Game of Superpowers

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by Chas W. Freeman, Jr. Fifty years ago, in 1968, Richard Milhous Nixon made his second run at the presidency.  No one would dispute that he was a greater statesman than political personality.  But, he won.  He entered office with… Continue Reading