For Hawks, Every American Captive Returned Home Diplomatically is a Failed Opportunity

by Eli Clifton This month, opponents of the Iran deal have decided to run with the talking point that the delivery of $400 million to Iran in January was a “ransom payment” for the release of three American citizens. The… Continue Reading  

Trump and the Loss of Public Spirit

by Paul R. Pillar The determination beyond reasonable doubt of the presidential nominees of each of the two major political parties has invited much analysis of what a Clinton-vs.-Trump contest means in terms of larger political fault lines. Robert Merry’s… Continue Reading  

Foreign Policy in Trumpville

by Phyllis Bennis For a foreign policy speech that was supposed to make Republican candidate Donald Trump look presidential, it took an awful lot of digging through a basketful of bumper-sticker slogans to get to a substantive point. And when… Continue Reading  

The 2016 Elections: Media Equals Mediocrity

by Robert E. Hunter Whatever else happens this election year—and maybe the best and worst are yet to come—we can already conclude that the media has come fully into its own. The singular verb “is” is used advisedly, rather than the… Continue Reading  

Who’s Going to Lead on Climate Change?

by Paul R. Pillar A common argument made by some of those opposed to the United States reducing its greenhouse gas emissions—even by opponents who do not try to deny the fact of human-induced global warming—is that U.S. action would… Continue Reading