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NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 06:  U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (L) exits federal court on the first day of his trial on corruption charges on September 6, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Menendez is accused of accepting bribes in regard to his relationship with campaign donor Salomon Melgen, a Florida-based ophthalmologist. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Senator’s Corruption Trial Reveals State Department Favors

Menendez stands accused of using his oversight role to guarantee visas and business transactions for friend.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (L) holds a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the latter's office in Jerusalem on July 16, 2015, following a meeting to discuss the recent nuclear deal between major powers and Iran. Hammond sought to reassure Israel over the nuclear deal, saying "robust measures" were in place to ensure its success. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DEBBIE HILL        (Photo credit should read DEBBIE HILL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Iran Nuclear Deal Has Been a Blessing for Israel

Two years on from the signing of the agreement to curtail Tehran’s nuclear program, Israel and the region are safer than ever from the threat of mullahs with a bomb.

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19:  (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis  exit the clubhouse after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump’s Asia Policy Is More Confused Than Ever

Differences among top U.S. officials are complicating policy with the Asia Pacific community.

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Germany Is Quietly Building a European Army Under Its Command

Berlin is using a bland name to obscure a dramatic shift in its approach to defense: integrating brigades from smaller countries into the Bundeswehr.

US National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster denies the report of US President Donald Trump revealing classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office, during a statement to the press outside of the West Wing at the White House in Washington, DC, May 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

What Exactly Is the White House Denying About the ‘Trump Mishandled Classified Material’ Story?

It appears they are attempting something much bigger and more difficult: they are claiming the central allegations of the Washington Post story are false.

A computer running a Windows Server is seen connected into a network server in an office building in Washington, DC on May 13, 2017. 
International investigators hunted on May 13 for those behind an unprecedented cyber-attack that affected systems in dozens of countries, including at banks, hospitals and government agencies, as security experts sought to contain the fallout. The assault, which began Friday and was being described as the biggest-ever cyber ransom attack, struck state agencies and major companies around the world -- from Russian banks and British hospitals to FedEx and European car factories. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Is Not Ready for a Cyber-Pearl Harbor

The weekend’s massive “ransomware” attack exposed the glaring vulnerabilities in our cybersecurity readiness.

NEW YORK - MAY 12:  The United Nations logo on the back wall of the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations is seen from the floor May 12, 2006 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  NEW YORK - MAY 12:  The view from the speakers rostrum in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations is seen May 12, 2006 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.   The General Assembly Hall was remodeled in 1979 to accommodate up to 182 delegations, each of which has six seats. All seats are equipped with earphones, broadcasting simultaneously in the Assembly's six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.  The United Nations headquarters, completed in 1952, is widely considered to be a landmark achievement of the International Style of architecture.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Has President Trump Learned to Love the United Nations?

Donald Trump came into office decrying the U.N. and NATO, two organizations he now can't seem to live with out.

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Shunning Rule Book, Trump Pursues ‘Art of the Deal’ With China

Experts say 'risky and dangerous' approach could produce results.

US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster looks on as US President Donald Trump announces him as his national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump’s ‘Axis of Adults’ Weathered the First 100 Days

Amongst the chaos and the tweets, some of the more reassuring steps of the first 100 days of the Donald Trump Presidency were the appointments of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

US President Donald Trump's White House Senior Advisors Stephen Miller (R) and Steve Bannon (L) board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, March 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Bannon’s Demotion Means the Trump Team Is Learning — Even if Trump Isn’t

We should celebrate H.R. McMaster’s staffing and organizational wins, but whether or not they are superficial remains to be seen.

Syrians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following reported air strikes by regime forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on August 30, 2015. More than 240,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, and half of the country's population has been displaced by the war. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY / AFP / ABD DOUMANY        (Photo credit should read ABD DOUMANY/AFP/Getty Images)

There Are No Real ‘Safe Zones’ and There Never Have Been

Recent history shows that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plan to create “interim zones of stability” in Syria won’t actually help save civilian lives.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech on stage, on March 5, 2017 in Istanbul during a pro-government women meeting.
Some 12,000 women filled on March 5 an Istanbul arena in support of a "Yes" vote in an April referendum whether to boost Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. Erdogan lashed out at Germany for blocking several rallies there ahead of an April vote in Turkey on boosting his powers as head of state, likening them to Nazi practices. "Your practices are not different from the Nazi practices of the past," Erdogan told a women's rally in Istanbul as Turks vote on April 16 whether to approve changes to the constitution expanding presidential powers.
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Turkey Is a Dictatorship Masquerading as a NATO Democracy

Recep Erdogan's slow-motion plan to abandon democracy — and buy the West's silence — is almost complete.

Goldman Sachs Foundation, and global head of corporate engagement, Dina Powell attends  the CEO Roundtable on the sidelines of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 20, 2016 in New York. / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

A Step Toward Better National Security Coordination in the Trump White House

Dina Powell, Trump's pick for assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor, is smart, experienced, deft, well-connected, and trusted.

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN-OCTOBER 31: USAID blankets being distributed by Mercy Corps are about to be loaded onto trucks at Chaklala airport October 31,2005 in Rawalpindi, Islamabad surrounded by relief goods waiting to be distributed. The current death toll is now believed to be over 55,000 from the South Asian earthquake that happened over 3 weeks ago. Over 3 million people are still without proper shelter and aid organizations including the U.N are warning that thousands could die in remote mountainous regions as Winter approaches. Atleast 1,400 died in Indian-Kashmir. 
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Savaging State and USAID Budgets Could Do Wonders for Results

The Trump administration is threatening serious cuts to diplomacy. But doing more with less isn’t impossible.

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How to Get Tough on China, in Six Easy Steps

Trump promises to stand up to Beijing, but if he gets it wrong, the blowback could haunt his presidency.

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