Taking the US Commission on International Religious Freedom from Bad to Worse

US Commission on International Religious Freedom (State Department)

by James J. Zogby The GOP’s appointment of prominent purveyors of anti-Muslim hatred to positions on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is both disturbing and instructive. It exposes the cynical and misguided approach Republicans have taken to… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Africa Policy Is a Continuation of Clinton’s, Bush’s, and Obama’s

U.S. military advisor in Djibouti (AFRICOM)

by Herman J. Cohen President Trump’s Africa policy appears to be off to a bad start. First, there was the unfortunate leak of a remark made privately to a group of U.S. senators in February in which the President referred… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Silence on a Saudi Nuclear Bomb

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Joe Cirincione It’s said that the only two people Donald Trump does not criticize are Vladimir Putin and Stormy Daniels. You can add Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) to that list. With the prince’s two week trip… Continue Reading  

Even If US Doesn’t Exit Iran Nuclear Deal, Risk of War Remains

U.S. Black Hawk helicopter over Baghdad (Wikimedia Commons)

by Shireen T. Hunter         When the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany signed a deal that effectively prevents Iran from developing nuclear weapons, those in Iran and in other signatory states who did not want… Continue Reading  

Four Questions about John Bolton

John Bolton (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick Since John Bolton was appointed as Donald Trump’s national security advisor, I have spent a good deal of time talking about it. Those conversations have been with colleagues in the policy world, friends, and the media. In… Continue Reading