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Commentary: Why Trump should mend ties with Russia


During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s verbal affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin so puzzled the Washington establishment that some speculated Putin had either “recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation” or that Trump was simply a “useful fool” for the Russians.


Commentary: The danger of Trump's mood-based diplomacy

Donald Trump doesn’t practice traditional diplomacy. As in domestic policy, but with a thicker fog of ignorance, Trump treats each issue of foreign policy or engagement as a separate event, and reacts to it according to his mood.


Podcast: What North Korea wants

Pyongyang launches missile test after missile test. A carrier strike group moves through the Pacific with its sights set on the peninsula. U.S. President Donald Trump has called the entirety of the U.S. Congress to attend a briefing on the North Korean threat on April 26, 2017. And Seoul faces an election that could dramatically change the country’s relationship to both its neighbor to the north and its oldest ally.


Commentary: Russia investigation teeters, but Trump’s strategy of stonewalling does not

Admit nothing. “You’re the puppet!” Deny everything. “Trump Russia story is a hoax!” Make counteraccusations. “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process.” That’s Donald Trump reacting to the Kremlin’s malevolent meddling in the 2016 election.


Commentary: Chaos and confusion, but some foreign policy wins for Trump

When U.S. President Donald Trump ordered cruise-missile strikes on a Syrian air base shortly after this month’s chemical weapons attack, some Obama administration veterans were openly impressed. “[We] never would have gotten this done in 48 hours,” one of them told Politico.


Commentary: What the U.S. State Department can learn from the musical ‘Hamilton’

It hasn't been a good 100 days for the U.S. Department of State. Like the musical Hamilton’s orphaned title character, called out in song for being a “Founding Father without a father,” State is now something of an agency without agency.


Commentary: French election reflects death of the political party

The political party is dying and independents now rule among voters around the globe. France has emerged as the leader of this movement, and the first confirmation of its depth and likely permanence will come on Sunday, when the French vote in the first round of their presidential election.


Podcast: On the front lines at Standing Rock

After a year of protests, Standing Rock began to clear out during the early days of December 2016. But to one observer, the standoff stood out for how much it resembled a war zone.


Commentary: How Erdogan should use his new power in Turkey

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – On Sunday in Istanbul, thousands filled the streets protesting a historic referendum that dramatically expanded the president’s power.

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