Trump’s and Pompeo’s Path to Nuclear Crisis


by Paul R. Pillar The prospective replacement of Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo clears one of the last apparent hurdles between Donald Trump and his destruction of a significant diplomatic achievement that has been squarely in the interests of the… Continue Reading  

The Korea Talks and Why Policy Processes Matter


by Paul R. Pillar In July 1951, armistice talks began that eventually, after two years of difficult negotiations, would halt the Korean War. The locale was the city of Kaesong, which was just south of the 38th parallel but on the… Continue Reading  

Unipolar Strategy in a Multipolar World


by Paul R. Pillar Vladimir Putin’s video show about formidable new Russian strategic weapons, which took up half of the Russian president’s recent state-of-the-nation address, has given defense analysts plenty to chew on. The presentation, which Putin probably was aiming… Continue Reading  

A Nuclear Standard for Saudi Arabia


by Paul R. Pillar Later this week Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will lead a U.S. delegation to negotiate a possible nuclear cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia. The subject already has been a point of contention between Riyadh and Washington.… Continue Reading  

The Privatization of U.S. Foreign Policy


by Paul R. Pillar The unethical blurring of private interests and public business is a hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidency. That blurring has increasingly involved U.S. foreign policy. The possible effects on U.S. foreign relations may be subtle and largely… Continue Reading