The US Quits on Human Rights

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by Mitchell Plitnick In a move that seemed very likely when Donald Trump was elected president and was cemented when he appointed Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights… Continue Reading  

Doctrine and Trump’s Foreign Policy

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by Paul R. Pillar The urge within the commentariat to describe every president’s foreign policy in terms of some clearly defined doctrine is as strong as ever, but Donald Trump presents would-be doctrine-definers with perhaps their toughest challenge yet. This… Continue Reading  

U.S. News Media Can’t Talk About Adelson Foreign Policy

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by Eli Clifton Over the past month, two mainstream news outlets have done in-depth reporting on the grip that Sheldon Adelson, President Donald Trump’s and the GOP’s biggest donor, holds over U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. LobeLog has… Continue Reading  

Boys Go to Baghdad, Real Men Go to Tehran

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by Shervin Malekzadeh The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was as much a domestic initiative as it was a foreign policy endeavor, as analysts such as Reza Marashi and Ariane Tabatabai have been saying. It’s a way for the… Continue Reading  

North Korea’s Negotiating Position Is Out of Reach for Iran, Even if It Acquires a Bomb

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj The Singapore Summit was bittersweet for those working to save the Iran nuclear deal. Just a few weeks after Trump violated a robust, multilateral arms control agreement, he choreographed his own bid to strike a similar agreement… Continue Reading