Trump’s Necessary Encounters with Kim and Putin

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump (Dan Scavino Jr. via Wikimedia Commons)

by Robert E. Hunter By the middle of next month, President Donald Trump will have defied both protocol and US elite opinion by meeting with leaders of two countries who, to put it mildly, do not wish the United States… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Korean Shell Game

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by John Feffer Conmen always keep up a patter. While they’re extracting the wallet from your pocket, they maintain a nonstop monologue so that you focus on their mouth and not what they’re doing with their hands. Beware the voluble… Continue Reading  

Beyond Hegemony and a Liberal International Order

Tattered flags (Megan Kester)

by Gordon Adams America’s place in the world is experiencing an historic turning point. All the mumbo-jumbo about being the “exceptional” and “indispensable” nation, the natural “leader” of something called the “West,” the guarantor of some kind of international system… Continue Reading  

Drawing the Wrong Lesson about North Korea

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by Paul R. Pillar Believing one’s own puffery and press releases is a hazard for many public figures, but probably especially so for Donald Trump. Although the true beliefs of any demagogue may remain hidden, this hazard can be expected… Continue Reading  

What Would Korean Reunification Look Like?

The Arch of Reunification in Pyongyang (Wikimedia Commons)

by John Feffer Korean reunification is, for the most part, an ideal rather than a concrete plan. But that hasn’t always been the case. In the 1950s, reunification was a military goal: the forced absorption of one side by the… Continue Reading