With Comey Dismissal, U.S. Entering Treacherous Waters

by Michael Leiter

Late Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump fired the Director of the FBI, Jim Comey, citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server – an...

Sabre Rattling in Korean Peninsula: No End in Sight

by Walter Pincus

Can there be serious negotiations so that diplomacy may end the growing threat of a military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula? Not yet, is my guess. Trump, since his April 6-7 meeting at...

America First Requires America to Lead

by Ambassador Richard Boucher

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the State Department staff last week that our policy must ensure American security and economic interests first but also reflect American values. He said our...

American Power in the Age of Trump

by Carmen Medina

The administration of President Donald Trump has thrown key tenets of U.S foreign policy into question. After campaigning on a platform that skewered global free trade deals, called for economically...

How Rules of Engagement Impact Civilian Casualties

by Robert Eatinger

On March 17, an airstrike allegedly carried out by coalition troops in Mosul, Iraq, killed a large number of civilians, with some reports putting the number of civilian deaths around 200. Officials...

Are our Assumptions about North Korea Right?

by Michael Morell

There is an important emerging gap in thought over whether North Korea is several years away from having the ability to threaten the continental United States with a nuclear-armed missile, which many...

Trump Just Can’t Say or Do Anything that Comes to His Mind

by Walter Pincus

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at age 33, is continuing his father’s and grandfather’s pattern of wild threats and bluster to cloak development of nuclear warheads and missile delivery systems...

State of Play Review: Alex Berenson’s The Prisoner

by John Sipher

In Alex Berenson’s new thriller, The Prisoner, his hero John Wells goes undercover in a European prison to smoke out a CIA mole who is providing deadly secrets to ISIS. This is Berenson’s...

100 Days of Trump Foreign Policy: Chaos to Moderation

by Ambassador James Jeffrey

The apparent shift by the Trump Administration towards more traditional foreign policy has been welcomed by many inside, and more outside, of the U.S., as the global security system depends on a...

Flournoy to Trump Team: Keep Your Eye on the Ball

by Michele Flournoy

When President Barack Obama nominated Michele Flournoy to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, she became the highest-ranking woman in the Pentagon’s history.  She was rumored to be Hillary...