Trump at the UN: Through a Glass Darkly

Donald Trump at the UN (lev radin via Shutterstock)

by Robert E. Hunter For decades, the United Nations General Assembly has been treated to annual sermons by the president of the United States. Almost all the world’s nations—outside the old Communist bloc—saw these sermons as demonstrating America’s leadership and… Continue Reading  

Moscow’s Middle East Balancing Act Is Getting Harder

Vladimir Putin

by Mark N. Katz So far, Moscow has managed to maintain good relations with opposing sides in several Middle East conflict situations, including Iran vs. Israel, Israel vs. Syria and Hezbollah, Israel vs. the Palestinians, Iran vs. Saudi Arabia and… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Two-State Solution: News That Was No News

Donald Trump in Israel (White House)

by James J. Zogby If we’ve learned anything about President Donald Trump it’s that for him words have no meaning, or at least not their obvious meaning. Because he’s a performer/salesman, he loves being on stage, knowing that the things… Continue Reading  

Russian-Israeli Conflict in the Skies of Syria

Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin

by Paul R. Pillar The sudden ruffling of Israeli-Russian relations over the accidental shootdown by Syria of a Russian surveillance aircraft, killing 15 crew members, is the sort of incident apt to happen when a modus vivendi joins parties with… Continue Reading  

Beating War Drums at the UN

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by Mitchell Plitnick Just a few sentences into Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday, the entire world was laughing at the President of the United States. Reactions to the rest of his speech might have… Continue Reading