U.S. President Richard Nixon shakes hands with CIA Director Richard Helms

Document of the Week: When Ordering the Assassination of a World Leader Required Secrecy

Unlike Trump, former U.S. President Richard Nixon went to great lengths to cover up plans to assassinate or topple foreign leaders.

Republican Vice President Richard Nixon and Democratic Sen. John F. Kennedy

Document of the Week: The Birth of the Televised Presidential Debate Was a Sober Affair. Then Came Trump.

In an earlier age, the Democratic and Republican front-runners reserved their sharpest criticism for the Soviet Union and treated each other with respect.

Richard Nixon

America Needs to Prosecute Its Presidents

Pardoning Trump, like Nixon before him, would be a disaster.

Chinese communist leader Chairman Mao Zedong shakes hands with U.S. President Richard Nixon in Beijing during Nixon’s visit to China on Feb. 21, 1972.

Document of the Week: Pompeo Buries U.S.-China Engagement Policy

A glimpse back at the beginning. Nixon and Kissinger’s vision of friendship with China is being put to rest by Trump administration.

Document of the Week: Nixon’s Little-Known Crusade Against Genocide in Burundi

A 1972 memo downplaying the slaughter of Hutus in Burundi stirred an angry scrawled response from the president.

U.S. Marines patrol on April 1, 2009 through Now Zad in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Why America Lost in Afghanistan

Successive U.S. administrations failed to heed the lessons of a forgotten counterinsurgency success story from Vietnam.

China's Chairman Mao Zedong met U.S. President Richard Nixon in Beijing on Feb. 21, 1972.

Some Summits Soar, Some Plunge

Nixon and Reagan managed to negotiate with Mao and Gorbachev because they had personal chemistry, common goals, and control of their domestic politics.

U.S. President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump at the National Assembly on Nov. 8, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Trump-Goes-to-Korea Is the New Nixon-Goes-to-China

There are plenty of lessons to draw from America's diplomatic gambit in Korea — just probably not the ones you think.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Top 10 Signs of Creeping Authoritarianism, Revisited

Is the president looking more like a dictator after six months in the White House?

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09:  Donald Trump, Jr. (R) greets his father Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election.  (Photo by Rick Wilking-Pool/Getty Images)

Is Treason Still Punishable in America Today?

Donald Trump Jr.’s actions might rise to the level of criminal conspiracy against the republic, but it probably wouldn't even matter.

WASHINGTON - JULY 4:  Fireworks explode in the sky above the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol, as a U.S. flag is seen in the foreground, while the nation celebrates its 229th birthday July 4, 2005 in Washington, DC. Hundreds of thousands of people took part to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in the nation's capital which concluded with the largest fireworks display in the area.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

We Didn’t Kick Britain’s Ass to Be This Kind of Country

Donald Trump’s abandonment of human rights is a repudiation of the country’s founding principles.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27:  U.S. President Donald Trump listens while meeting with women small business owners in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  Investors on Monday further unwound trades initiated in November resting on the idea that the election of Trump and a Republican Congress meant smooth passage of an agenda that featured business-friendly tax cuts and regulatory changes. (Photo by  Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Russia Scandal Is Already Swallowing His Foreign Policy

As investigations close in on the White House, the pressure will inevitably take a toll on its diplomatic agenda.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 9:  U.S. President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn after returning to the White House in April 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s ‘Madman Theory’ Isn’t Strategic Unpredictability. It’s Just Crazy.

What worked for the president on the campaign trail is now becoming his greatest foreign-policy weakness.

BEIJING, CHINA:  US president Richard Nixon (L) toasts with Chinese Prime Minister, Chou En Lai (R) in February 1972 in Beijing during his official visit in China. Le prTsident amTricain Richard Nixon (G) trinque avec le leader communiste chinois Chou En Lai (D) en fTvrier 1972 a Pekin, lors de son voyage officiel en Chine. (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Policy Reversals Are Welcome but Incoherent

When Richard Nixon and Ariel Sharon made U-turns, they made sense. Trump's don't.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - MAY 1972: President Richard Nixon speaks with National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger during a trip to Salzburg, Austria in May 1972. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)

4 Reasons Trump Is Worse for America Than Nixon

A paranoid president. Scandal upon scandal. International credibility shattered. Why 2017 will be 1973 all over again, but more dangerous.


Nixon Lawyer Warns of ‘Calamity,’ Calls Trump’s Statement on Firing of Acting AG ‘A New Low’

John Dean, who kept a list of political enemies, says he has never seen a statement so "nasty."

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.


Dick Nixon Knows a Sore Loser When He Sees One

“You didn’t see me whining after I lost the rigged 1960 election, did you?” asks the ghost of the 37th president.

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