Thank You, Ireland

Senator Frances Black

by James J. Zogby On Wednesday morning, I watched an amazing debate unfolding in the Irish Seanad (Senate), as members spoke for and against a bill to prohibit the importation of Israeli goods produced in settlements in occupied Palestinian lands.… Continue Reading  

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  

Black Cube Crosses Another Line

Viktor Orban (European People's Party via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick The private Israeli intelligence firm, Black Cube, is back in the headlines. This time, ex-employees have spilled the beans on a program to throw shade on non-governmental organizations in Hungary to help ensure the electoral victory of… 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