January 18, 2017

VIETNAM WAR-25TH ANNIVERSARY: Picture dated 30 April 1970 of Republican president Richard Nixon announcing during a press conference the entry of American soldiers in Cambodia. Richard Nixon was elected in 1968 and re-elected in 1972 but had to resign in August 1974 after the Watergate scandal.        (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

As Disrupter in Chief, Trump is No Nixon

The real question for the new administration is whether disruption and unpredictability can be hitched to constructive strategic goals.


Obama’s Farewell to Journalists (and America): ‘Good Luck’

In his final press conference as president, Obama called for distinguishing between political disagreements and challenging the core values of society.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: President-elect Donald Trump gets into the elevator after speaking to reporters after his meeting with television personality Steve Harvey at Trump Tower, January 13, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Trump continues to hold meetings at Trump Tower in New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump’s National Security Team Is Missing in Action

Trump’s train wreck of a transition stumbles into office with key vacancies in top positions and wracked by infighting.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27:  U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. testifies during a hearing before the Defense Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee April 27, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2017 budget for the Defense Department.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Nation’s Top General Says He Has ISIS War Options Ready for Trump

But Russia still remains the biggest competitor to the United States

<> on January 24, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

A Right-wing Politician Says Germany Should Stop Atoning For Nazi History, And Outrage Ensues

But cries of fury from politicians may only boost the AfD’s anti-establishment image

Activists display a photo of US President Barack Obama (L) and pictures of former US spy Edward Snowden (C) and whistleblower Bradley Manning (R) during a protest action on June 19, 2013 in Berlin on behalf of the visit of the US President in the German capital. Barack Obama will walk in John F. Kennedy's footsteps this week on his first visit to Berlin as US president, but encounter a more powerful and sceptical Germany in talks on trade and secret surveillance practices.. AFP PHOTO / RONNY HARTMANN

Why Obama Made the Wrong Call on Chelsea Manning

Extending legal reasoning appropriate to our civilian society into the military in ways that don’t align with the purposes of military activity corrodes the military’s ability to serve its function.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: President-elect Donald Trump heads back into the elevator after shaking hands with Martin Luther King III after their meeting at Trump Tower, January 16, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated as the next U.S. President this coming Friday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The National Security Hole at the Heart of the Trump Transition

Thousands of key policymakers — from State to the Department of Defense — still need to be appointed to new positions. But nothing’s happening.


Brits, Beware of Trumps Bearing Trade Deals

Brexiteers celebrating the president-elect’s promise of a quick agreement with the U.S. should watch what they wish for.


Trump’s U.N. Pick in ‘Alternative Universe’ From Boss

From the importance of alliances to maintaining sanctions on Russia, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley shows daylight with Trump.


Obama Can Strike One Last Iran Deal

The fate of two Americans detained in Iran's notorious Evin Prison could hinge on the final days of the Obama administration.

US Vice President Joe Biden gestures during his speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 20, 2016..
Rising risks to the global economy and a string of jihadist attacks around the world overshadowed the opening of an annual meeting of the rich and powerful in the snow-blanketed Swiss ski resort. Even as heads of state, billionaires and Hollywood megastar Leonardo DiCaprio were arriving, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sounded the alarm about perils in the major emerging market economies and lowered its outlook for global economic growth this year.
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Davos Diary 2: Say It Ain’t So, Joe

As Biden delivers his valedictory address at the World Economic Forum, we wonder what might have been.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11:  U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during an event to recognize emerging global entrepreneurs May 11, 2015 at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC. Entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the world participated, ahead of President Obamas travel to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya this summer, in the event which focused on  investing in women and young entrepreneurs.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Barack Obama Was a Foreign-Policy Failure

The 44th president of the United States promised to bring change but mostly drove the country deeper into a ditch.


When I think about morale at the CIA, I think about 2 things: Mission and family

Imagine having the job of your dreams. You look forward to work each morning and are filled with a tremendous sense of purpose. Then imagine that you get a new CEO who starts publicly trashing your organization to the entire world.


How to make State great again

The Obama administration’s conduct of foreign policy related to global conflict may have frustrated many, but it was both coherent and internally consistent.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 9: President-elect Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

We Are the Last Defense Against Trump

America's institutions weren't designed to resist a modern strongman. That leaves civil society.

US Representative Tulsi Gabbard speaks during Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 26, 2016. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Democratic Rep. Gabbard Makes Secret Trip to Syria

The Hawaii lawmaker, who has bucked both parties on the issue of Syria, met with government officials on a "fact-finding" mission.

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