The Multiple Facets of the Russia Problem

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by Paul R. Pillar Two different issues—Russian interference in the U.S. election of 2016 and overall U.S. policy toward Russia—too often have been conflated. Donald Trump’s questioning of the interference and his submission to Russian President Vladimir Putin have tainted… Continue Reading  

Leak-Shopping and the Politicization of Intelligence

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by Paul R. Pillar Consistency has not been a hallmark of the Trump Administration’s posture regarding the divulging to the press and the public of information that had been the stuff of behind-closed-doors deliberations inside government.  Members of the press… Continue Reading  

The End of U.S. Exceptionalism?

I had intended to write a post about the Pew Global Attitudes Project’s finding about the really quite remarkable decline in the notion of U.S. exceptionalism, particularly among young Americans when Pew released it last Thursday, but I got side-tracked,… Continue Reading