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.
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.
America Needs to Prosecute Its Presidents
Pardoning Trump, like Nixon before him, would be a disaster.
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.
Why America Lost in Afghanistan
Successive U.S. administrations failed to heed the lessons of a forgotten counterinsurgency success story from Vietnam.
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.
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.
Top 10 Signs of Creeping Authoritarianism, Revisited
Is the president looking more like a dictator after six months in the White House?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trump’s Policy Reversals Are Welcome but Incoherent
When Richard Nixon and Ariel Sharon made U-turns, they made sense. Trump's don't.
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."
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.