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 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  

America’s Addictions

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by Tom Engelhardt When you think of addiction in America today, one thing comes to mind: the opioid epidemic. And it should. It’s serious. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, almost 64,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses in 2016 (more… Continue Reading  

Pump Up the Pentagon

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by William D. Hartung Other than shouting about building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, one of Donald Trump’s most frequently proclaimed promises on the 2016 campaign trail was the launching of a half-trillion-dollar plan to repair America’s crumbling infrastructure (employing large… Continue Reading