• Strategic Comments

    The Trump–Russia connection

    20 April 2017.  The ongoing congressional and FBI investigations of possible coordination between President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia to influence the the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election threaten, at a minimum, to undermine Trump’s policy priorities. If even some of the accusations prove true, they will produce the biggest White House scandal since the Iran-contra affair in 1985–87 in an inexperienced administration already beset by infighting.

  • Survival

    The Emperor vs the Adults: Donald Trump and Wilhelm II

    20 March 2017.  The analogy between the US president and German emperor works because of similar institutional and international realities, and because personality matters.

  • Politics and Strategy

    The Emperor vs the Adults: Donald Trump and Wilhelm II

    13 March 2017.  The analogy between the US president and German emperor works because of similar institutional and international realities, and because personality matters, writes François Heisbourg in the forthcoming April–May issue of Survival.

  • Expert Commentary

    Can General McMaster stabilise Trump's foreign policy team?

    22 February 2017.  The new national security adviser's steady approach may rile the hot heads in President Trump’s inner circle.

  • Expert Commentary

    Trump and the Holy Land

    15 February 2017.  The new US president says he would love to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Can the man behind ‘the art of the deal’ bring hope after years of missed opportunities?

  • Expert Commentary

    Inept and radical: Trump's foreign policy

    06 February 2017.  Cool heads will clash with eccentrics and outsiders on Trump's National Security Council. Jonathan Stevenson predicts the struggle to come.

  • Strategic Comments

    Trump and the US intelligence community

    25 January 2017. 

    President Trump has publicly denigrated the value of the United States' intelligence community (IC), imperilling the morale and retention of intelligence officers. Unless he establishes a better working relationship with the IC, the White House not only risks hollowing out the IC but could also wind up politicising the intelligence process and misusing intelligence products.

  • Expert Commentary

    The US Election and the Ukraine Connection

    25 January 2017.  The Ukraine conflict might explain Russian intervention in the US presidential race. Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton call for compromise and dialogue.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Trump's truths

    25 January 2017.  President Trump used his first few days in office to double down on disproven statements and declare war on the media. Mark Fitzpatrick argues that if this is the beginning of a tenure of untruths, responsible and fair criticism from the press is needed more than ever.

  • IISS Voices

    Spies, lies and the US president-elect

    16 January 2017.  A blizzard of angry Tweets has laid bare the rift between Donald Trump and the United States intelligence community. But the saga does not suggest a Russian mastery of information warfare, argues Nigel Inkster. When the going gets tough, Trump will still look to his intelligence community for answers – even if his instincts are to disparage it.

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