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Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Status Report

The one-year-old Iran nuclear deal has succeeded in its goal of blocking nuclear proliferation and opening the door to Iranian economic… ICG But it remains in jeopardy unless both Washington and Tehran defend and extend the spirit as well as the letter of the… Implementing the Iran… Read More »

Why Trump, and Asia, need Randy Forbes as US Navy secretary

One man sticks out as having the knowledge, experience and expertise to confront the naval challenges America faces in Asia, writes Harry J. Kazianis Harry J. Kazianis Asia Times As the world takes stock of the upcoming transfer of power in Washington, DC, the US military faces tremendous challenges to what seemed, for a time, its limitless ability to project power around the globe and protect its… Why Trump, and Asia, need… Read More »

Immigration should not divide black and Latinx people

Undocumented immigration is not a Latinx-only phenomenon and should not be a Latinx-only concern. Jason Nichols Al Jazeera News Only days away from the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, much of the discourse of his incoming administration has surrounded the building of a wall between the US and its longtime ally, Mexico. Trump made undocumented… Immigration should not… Read More »

CIA chief calls Trump Nazi Germany comparison ‘outrageous’

‘There is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly,’ John Brennan… By CRISTIANO LIMA Politico CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday said President-elect Donald Trump’s comparison of the intelligence community’s handling of… CIA chief calls… Read More »

The Real Culprit in Defense Spending: Strategic Hubris

Fighting waste, fraud and abuse, while popular, distracts from the real debate: U.S. grand… Christopher A. Preble The National Interest There is a wide and growing gap between what officials in Washington demand of the military and the resources made available to execute its… Fixing this… The Real Culprit… Read More »

Time for a European Nuclear Deterrent?

Instead of expecting the United States to risk a nuclear exchange to protect Europe, the Europeans should take over that risk. Doug Bandow The National Interest After spending a quarter century treating NATO as an international social club to which every reasonably civilized European nation should belong, the alliance has begun to focus again on its original role as a military alliance. Rather than expect the… Time for a European… Read More »

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. BBC News The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US should deny Beijing access to new islands in the South China Sea. Two state-run papers carry… South China Sea: China… Read More »

‘China will be biggest loser under protectionist Trump’

Customs agency official says export growth by world’s largest trading nation will be limited if US president-elect imposes greater trade measures Reuters Asia Times US president-elect Donald Trump may limit the growth of China’s exports by imposing greater trade protectionist measures, the mainland customs agency said on Friday. China is the biggest loser in… ‘China will be biggest loser… Read More »

China expert: Tillerson’s plan for the South China Sea would ‘certainly end up in a shooting war with China’

President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, made waves internationally on Thursday by suggesting that the US should “send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops, and… Alex Lockie Business Insider (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Suggesting China stop its building of artificial islands and… China expert: Tillerson’s… Read More »

In China, State Media Blast Tillerson’s Comments On South China Sea Islands

After President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state made strong statements about China’s actions in the South China Sea, Chinese officials have responded with muted, measured statements — while state-run media have warned of the… Camila Domonoske npr Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO nominated to lead the… In China, State… Read More »

Trump officials might be expecting E.U. to fall apart this year, U.S. envoy says

BRUSSELS — President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team may be expecting the European Union to fall apart this year, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the 28-nation bloc said Friday, saying that the incoming U.S. administration may add to the burdens of an… Michael Birnbaum The Washington Post Trump officials risk “lunacy” if they choose to support the… Trump officials might… Read More »