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Trump, Iran, and the Foreign Policy of Bluster

Trump, Iran, and the Foreign Policy of Bluster

Referring to the latest crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia, President Trump said that he is not interested in going to war with Iran. I believe him. He has not shown an interest in starting new wars (although he has been quite willing to escalate ongoing ones on occasion). The real problem here, I believe, […]

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Quick Takeaways from the Latest Border “Crisis”

Quick Takeaways from the Latest Border “Crisis”

A Border Patrol agent guards detainees at a holding facility near the border. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) The southern border has been in the news again, and once again the Trump administration in speaking in terms of crisis. The number of migrant families arriving from Central America has spiked in the early months […]

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Russia, Ukraine, and the Sea of Azov

Russia, Ukraine, and the Sea of Azov

On November 25, three Ukrainian naval vessels, two 54-ton gunboats (technically, Gyurza-M-class armored artillery cutters) and a tug, were traveling from Odessa around the Crimean Peninsula and toward the Sea of Azov, en route to the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. As they approached the Kerch Strait, the access route from the Black Sea to […]

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Trade, National Security, and Canada

Trade, National Security, and Canada

Canada is the United States’ second largest trade partner after China. While issues exist, it is not a problematic partner. President Trump, however, has imposed economic sanctions on it, has threatened more sanctions, and singled it out for special condemnation in his rhetoric. A high point in the latter regard came when Peter Navarro, the […]

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Children at the Border, Part 2: Failure, Chaos, and Deceit

Children at the Border, Part 2: Failure, Chaos, and Deceit

This is the second of two parts. The CHIP Model Applied to the Border To understand the fate of children at the border, it may be necessary to examine what else was happening at the time. Trump’s campaign and presidency have focused on the issue of illegal immigration, in particular on what he sees as […]

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Children at the Border, Part 1: Hostage Taking as Bargaining Tactic

Children at the Border, Part 1: Hostage Taking as Bargaining Tactic

This is the first of two parts. Has the Donald Trump administration instituted a practice of using children as hostages in Congressional negotiations? In April the administration introduced an extraordinary policy of separating children from their families in the case of people crossing the border illegally and, apparently, in the case of some legal entrants […]

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Trump, Kim, and the Breaking of Coalitions

Trump, Kim, and the Breaking of Coalitions

As you have probably heard. President Donald J. Trump has accepted an invitation to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.* People who were genuinely worried that Trump was going to start a needless war with North Korea now seem to be nearly as worried that he is going to talk to them and inadvertently trigger […]

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Making the UN Great Again?

Making the UN Great Again?

President Donald J. Trump has a few ideas about how to make America great again. They’re not very good. In fact, they’re counterproductive and, more likely than not, will promote the long-term decline of the nation. Now, it seems, he plans to apply comparable ideas to the United Nations as well. Making America Great Again? […]

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North Korea, Trump, and Underlying Dynamics

North Korea, Trump, and Underlying Dynamics

President Donald J. Trump’s tweets are striking and unhelpful, but they do not explain the essence of the current strategic situation surrounding North Korea. The underlying dynamics are more deeply rooted than any one day’s headline, even if the current U.S. president has done more than his share to exacerbate the situation. In terms of […]

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What If the UN Banned the Bomb and No One Noticed?

What If the UN Banned the Bomb and No One Noticed?

Based on the amount of news coverage, you may not have heard of it, but on July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty. The agreement bans the use of nuclear weapons, and the threat of their use, as well as their testing, development, possession, sharing, and stationing in other countries. The […]

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Missile Defense and North Korea

Missile Defense and North Korea

The United States has made some efforts to develop a missile defense system against a North Korean ICBM, but the system may not be all that we would wish.

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Trump and the Russians: Collusion or Sowing Discord?

Trump and the Russians: Collusion or Sowing Discord?

Did the Russians really need Trump’s collusion? And if not, could the appearances of collusion have been intended to foment chaos in U.S. politics?

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Obama, the Russian Hacking, and the Folks Who Write about Them

Obama, the Russian Hacking, and the Folks Who Write about Them

The key take-away from the pundit discussion regarding Obama and the Russian cyber attacks is that Obama did nothing in the face of Russian aggression. The critics rarely if ever say what he should have done; often neglect to mention what he did do; and completely ignore the reasons for not doing more.

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Has the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Outlived Its Usefulness?

Has the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Outlived Its Usefulness?

A public radio debate raises questions about the nature of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and whether it is time for a change.

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The Donald J. Trump Foreign Policy Enigma

The Donald J. Trump Foreign Policy Enigma

Trump is a foreign policy enigma. Regardless of how much he talked about it during his campaign, it is difficult to know what to expect from him.

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About the Author

Scott Monje
Scott Monje

Scott C. Monje, Ph.D., is senior editor of the Encyclopedia Americana (Grolier Online) and author of The Central Intelligence Agency: A Documentary History. He has taught classes on international, comparative, and U.S. politics at Rutgers University, New York University (SCPS), and Purchase College, SUNY.

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