A nation that itself broke free from colonial control has, under Trump, struggled to come up with a clear, consistent position on a massive demonstration from people in Hong Kong chafing at Chinese rule.
The incentives for foreign countries to meddle are much greater than in 2016, and the tactics could look dramatically different.
How exactly did great-power competition go from being an “arcane term” a few years ago to “approaching a cliché”?
FBI Director Christopher Wray said recently that the bureau doesn’t “investigate the ideology, no matter how repugnant. We investigate violence.”
It’s becoming harder for the president to overlook the fact that the man with whom he claims to have fantastic chemistry is literally going ballistic.
Caught between its security ally and its top trading partner, South Korea is trying to have it all.
So what does he have time to accomplish?
The 2020 candidates are casting Trump as a threat to democracy. Their challenge will be to demonstrate to voters that the danger is real and affects their daily lives.
Biden’s message may be tilted toward the future, but its overarching theme will be the reclamation of past glories squandered by the present president.
The first Trump-Kim summit was about North Korea committing to giving up nuclear weapons. The second was about defining what that meant. This time, nuclear weapons didn't even come up.
The relationship has survived for seven decades. A Democratic president could change that.
Trump probably won’t convince the North Koreans to give up their nuclear weapons. But that doesn’t mean he has accomplished nothing.
Even if the the two leaders do meet again, something needs to give before North Korea relinquishes its nuclear weapons.
The consensus message was that a Democratic president would go back to treating America’s friends as friends and foes as foes.
Below the surface, there are faint signs of how both parties can exit the crisis.
And they’re betting on the Trump administration to help bring Nicolás Maduro’s reign to an end.
“The cheapest concession you can make in a negotiation is to give the other fellow a little respect.”
The outcome of a U.S.–South Korea defense negotiation could transform America’s global footprint.
All that’s preventing the collapse of talks is that North Korea’s missiles haven’t flown far enough yet.
The United States thought all the pieces were in place for Maduro to leave. Then everything came crashing down.