The Misuse of Terrorism Lists

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by Paul R. Pillar President Trump’s placement of North Korea on the official U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism continues a manipulation, by several administrations, of this list for reasons other than terrorism. Neither an earlier removal of North… Continue Reading  

Could War With Iran Be on Washington’s Agenda?

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by William Hartung In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Trump’s domestic version of a shock-and-awe campaign, it’s easy to forget just how much of what the new president and his administration have done so far… Continue Reading  

What Wins Respect for the United States

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"The culmination of years of talks resulted in this handshake between the President and Cuban President Raúl Castro during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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by Paul R. Pillar Much gets said and written, mostly as rhetoric intended to criticize the Obama administration, about the standing of the United States in the world supposedly having declined.  To the extent such rhetoric gets linked to specific… Continue Reading  

The Colombia Accord: When Negotiations and Concessions are Necessary

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by Paul R. Pillar The peace accord between the Colombian government and the guerrilla group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC deserves our applause and our support. It makes possible the end of one of the… Continue Reading  

Venezuela: Failed State in Latin America?

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by John Feffer Venezuela is at the mercy of its fluids. For a country that depends on oil for 95 percent of its exports, the prolonged drop in the price of crude has been a serious financial blow. If nothing… Continue Reading