The U.S. financial system is powerful, but not so powerful that it can swiftly stop a military assault in its tracks.
One of the downsides of highly personalized diplomacy is that when the person in question is debilitated, the diplomacy suffers.
Donald Trump encouraged two foreign governments, including a U.S. adversary, to interfere in the 2020 election. The bet was that his party wouldn’t object, and so far it’s paying off.
“It’s a do-or-die moment for every Venezuelan.”
After 2016, Americans focused on the threat of election interference from abroad. What they overlooked was the danger at home.
“Thinking back historically, when everybody else said it nicely, we didn’t react,” Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid told us.
Republicans have tolerated plenty of foreign-policy moves by Trump that they would never have let his predecessor get away with. Will that continue with Iran?
Protests there have demonstrated the enduring appeal of American values and power. But can Washington live up to that promise?
The latest bout of bloodshed may have played some role in the actions Trump just took, but it is also a convenient out for an administration that had gone all in on a floundering initiative.
A repeat of the hack targeting John Podesta could well happen again.
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.