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If the Trump–Turnbull call illustrated the operatic nature of the early Trump administration, then the Trump–Abe long weekend presented an alternative picture of US alliance management under the new President.

Feb 24, 2017
Elsina Wainwright
East Asia, United States

“What do you think about policy Trump in the Middle East?” - a reasonable question, but one with no answer. If we take only the Israel-Palestine conflict as an example, the U.S. has for several decades, through both Republican and Democratic administrations, supported as a solution the establishment of two states, Israel and Palestine, living in peace with each other. The U.S. advocated direct negotiations between the two parties, represented by the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization as the means to that end and has offered to assist in any way.

Feb 23, 2017
Barnett Rubin
Europe, United States

Did Donald Trump inherit "a mess" when he took the oath of office? He certainly thinks so.

He used the phrase four times in his marathon press conference on Feb. 16:

Feb 17, 2017
Louis Jacobson, Barnett Rubin
United States

"Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks!" -- Nov. 4, 2016

"The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers!" -- Feb. 16, 2017

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump couldn’t get enough of the private emails of senior Democrats released by WikiLeaks.

Feb 17, 2017
Louis Jacobson, Barnett Rubin
United States

The Front National leader's grace and eloquence make her dangerous to liberalism. Donald Trump’s contemptuous cynicism makes him an existential threat

Feb 16, 2017
James Traub
Europe, United States

In his first two weeks in office, President Donald Trump's "America First" pledge has proven more than an idle slogan. In word and deed, the White House has signaled an aggressive unilateral stance toward the world that's antagonized allies abroad and divided supporters at home.

Feb 01, 2017
Benjy Sarlin, Barnett Rubin

Last week, Frank-Walter Steinmeier made his last visit to Paris as Germany’s foreign minister (he is about to become president) in order to issue a plea to the French people: “Please do not surrender to the siren song of populism.” His meaning was plain: Do not elect Marine Le Pen, leader of the nativist National Front, in the presidential election this spring. If France falls, Germany, which votes in September, could be next.

Feb 03, 2017
James Traub
Europe, United States

US President Donald Trump’s disruption, ironically, is more likely accelerate the evolution to allow countries like China and, probably, India to shape its contours

Jan 30, 2017
WPS Sidhu
United States, South Asia, India
South Asia

'On ne voit pas comment les Mexicains accepteraient de payer un mur américain!'

Jan 12, 2017
Alexandra Novosseloff
United States

Experts discuss the global political implications of potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2017.  Watch a video of the event below.  The transcript is available here.

Jan 13, 2017
Sarah Cliffe

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    The election of Donald Trump as US president was a seismic event for Americans – those who celebrated and those who wept – and for the rest of the world.   The currents that underpinned the result are neither new nor confined to the US: discontent with politics and economics as usual, lack of trust in elites and populist nationalism have been on the rise in many parts of the world. These were clearly expressed through the Brexit vote but also in social protests and electoral upsets worldwide, from the Philippines to South Africa to the Colombia referendum.

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    • The United States’ presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific is transforming from a traditional alliance network (of Australia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand) into a web of strengthened alliances, new partnerships and creative linkages.
    • Washington must manage this transformation carefully, so its alliance network maintains a deterrent function and reassures allies, but does not exacerbate USChina tensions.
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    Feb 23, 2016
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