Iran Has No Good Options in Responding to American Pressures

by Shireen T. Hunter     With the failure of the latest mediation efforts between Iran and the United States by the prime minister of Japan, followed by attacks on two tankers in the Gulf  of Oman, Iran has decided to… Continue Reading  

Why Bullying Isn’t Working in Foreign Policy

by Paul R. Pillar Seemingly endless threats, insults, punishment, and attempts at coercion have been a leading feature of Donald Trump’s foreign policy. The pervasive bullying so far has not been matched by a comparable degree of positive results, as… Continue Reading  

Will G20 Summit Cement Deep Freeze Between Trump and Xi?

by Daniel Wagner When the Trump administration imposed unilateral tariffs on the majority of Chinese imports, it badly miscalculated the Chinese response. Rather than buckle under the pressure, the Chinese government has doubled down and dug in its heels. It… Continue Reading  

The Pentagon’s Spoiling for a Fight, But With China, Not Iran

by Michael T. Klare The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is… Continue Reading  

The Misadventures of Tariff Man

by John Feffer Trump has two tools at his disposal as president. The first is his mouth: the insults and threats that he issues verbally or by Twitter. The second is the tariff. Trump has imposed trade restrictions left and… Continue Reading