Korea’s Two “Impossibles”

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in (DPRK media)

by John Feffer When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had… Continue Reading  

Thus Begins the Bolton Administration

John Bolton (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by John Feffer For a man with a reputation for venting spleen and flying off the handle, John Bolton bided his time before finally rising to the position of power he now occupies. The former U.S. ambassador to the UN… 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  

Iran Deal: When The Tumult and the Shouting Dies

Mohammad Javad Zarif (Wikimedia Commons)

by Robert E. Hunter Shakespeare said that “old men forget.” And so, it seems, do societies. Fifteen years ago, a US administration, from the president through his top aides, lied the nation into invading Iraq, and the region and the… Continue Reading  

Drawing the Wrong Lesson about North Korea

Kim Jong Un (KCNA)

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