• Politics and Strategy

    Deterring North Korea the wrong way

    11 August 2017.  Donald Trump’s threats towards North Korea are likely to be counterproductive, warn Mark Fitzpatrick and Michael Elleman.

  • Politics and Strategy

    When Donald met Vladimir

    07 July 2017.  On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Trump went into his meeting with Putin without a clearly established plan or agenda. If one assumes a zero-sum game between the United States and Russia, then Putin looks like the winner.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Rollback? Trump’s Iran claims not just flawed but dangerous

    05 July 2017.  Steven Simon argues that Trump’s view on Iran is not only analytically flawed, but also dangerous.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Could a ‘double freeze’ be viable path to peace on Korean Peninsula?

    05 July 2017.  The recent and successful ICBM test by North Korea demonstrates the urgency of a strategy to prevent further provocations.

  • Politics and Strategy

    The perils of the DUP’s national empowerment

    16 June 2017.  The Conservative Party–DUP coalition could destabilise Ireland, particularly in the midst of Brexit, argues Jonathan Stevenson.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Critics are wrong: Iran remains in compliance with nuclear accord

    15 June 2017.  Mark Fitzpatrick calls for fair assessments of Iran’s nuclear activity, and argues that critics must consider context and perspective in their analyses.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mattis’ difficult sell in Singapore

    01 June 2017.  Who can tell us more about the future of US foreign policy – the erratic President Donald Trump or respected figures such as Defense Secretary James Mattis? As Dana Allin argues, if Trump does follow through on his threat to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, it will make it harder for Mattis to convince Asia-Pacific allies that the US really does care about the future of the region.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Comey’s dismissal: a tipping point?

    17 May 2017.  President Donald Trump may have underestimated the amount of bureaucratic and congressional pushback he is courting in firing the FBI director.

  • Politics and Strategy

    When it comes to starting a nuclear war, size doesn't matter

    21 April 2017.  If threatened, nations with a smaller arsenal may be the most apt to use nuclear weapons.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Send Jared Kushner to Pyongyang

    06 April 2017.  Sending Jared Kushner to meet with North Korea’s recalcitrant leader Kim Jong-un could be a rare diplomatic game changer, argues Mark Fitzpatrick. As daunting as the prospects may be, diplomacy could be a crucial element in Donald Trump’s pressure policy.

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