Peace and Security

Engagement With North Korea Works

Engagement With North Korea Works

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are at an all-time high — and continue to escalate following North Korea's test of a missile that can supposedly reach Alaska. It's still possible to turn down the heat with small steps that could lead to more robust diplomacy...

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The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration

The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump is pro-torture. He said on the campaign trail he'd approve waterboarding "in a heartbeat," plus "a hell of a lot worse." He added: "Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work." There are certainly a lot of...

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Is This How the World Sees America Now?

Is This How the World Sees America Now?

Donald Trump recently returned from meeting with the other powerful countries of the G20 group — one of his first big performances on the world stage. So how did it go? Not swell, according to a no-holds-barred account delivered by Chris Uhlmann, an Australian...

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A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

One of the few things I recall fondly about the Trump campaign — a short list, I’ll admit — was the candidate’s apparent glee in ridiculing the war-mongering of his rivals and predecessors. In early 2016, Trump (correctly) summed up George W. Bush’s legacy this way:...

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Our President’s Word Wars

Our President’s Word Wars

These days I find myself thinking often about a cartoon by the late Theodore Geissel. In it, a woman with a sweater that reads "America First" reads aloud from a storybook to two children: "And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones," she relays....

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Trump on Cuba: If Obama Did It, It’s Bad

Trump on Cuba: If Obama Did It, It’s Bad

There's a lot to say about Trump reversing some of the Obama administration's policies on Cuba. The White House recently announced it was banning individual travel to the island and further restricting what business Americans can do there. Yes, there's a lot to say,...

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Another Troop Surge in America’s Longest War

Another Troop Surge in America’s Longest War

President Trump might have dodged military service in his youth, but he certainly is militaristic — he's bellicose, likes to issue commands, and is constantly firing off militant tweets at anyone he perceives to be an enemy (which seems to include everyone who dares...

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