Trump Goes to Europe: Performing Triage

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by Robert E. Hunter The next two weeks are potentially decisive for US relations with Europe and especially NATO. As The Washington Post argues, there could be a “catastrophe.” NATO leaders meet in Brussels on July 11-12 and then President… Continue Reading  

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  

Pompeo on Iran: Making Matters Worse

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by Robert E. Hunter By withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Trump struck a blow that may yet prove fatal to the most important strategic achievement in the Middle East since the… Continue Reading  

Iran Deal: When The Tumult and the Shouting Dies

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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  

Thinking about the Thinkable

Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad

by Robert E. Hunter The late Herman Kahn created a major stir in 1962, when he published a comprehensive and deeply unsettling study on thermonuclear war, Thinking About the Unthinkable. Fortunately, his propositions about what was understood, in retrospect, to… Continue Reading