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The Questions Raised By Trump's Iran Deal Decision

October 13, 2017 After months of speculation, here’s the Trump administration’s policy toward the nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: “We will stay in the JCPOA, but the president will decertify under INARA,” said Rex Tillerson, the U.S. secretary of state, referring to the Iran Nuclear Agreement...

Two Nuclear Deals, Two Countries, Three Decades Apart

October 12, 2017 President Trump is expected this week to decline to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The deal’s supporters have warned that such a move could eventually prompt Iran to abandon the multilateral agreement and continue work on...

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Are Trump's Tweets Undercutting U.S. Diplomacy?

October 3, 2017 President Trump’s tweets Sunday, declaring it a waste of time to try to negotiate with North Korea, appeared to contradict the sentiments of his own chief diplomat, who is at least formally taking the lead on the administration’s North Korea policy. It wasn’t the first time the two men seemed...

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Trump's Undermining of Rex Tillerson

October 2, 2017 President Trump’s latest tweets on U.S. diplomacy with North Korea appear not only to undermine Rex Tillerson, his secretary of state, but also the nascent dialogue with Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs. “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying...

The Smartphone App That Tells You An Earthquake Is About to Hit

September 20, 2017 More than 200 people are dead after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, the anniversary of the 1985 quake that killed at least 5,000 people. It was the second major earthquake in the region this month. Just 12 days ago, Mexico City’s earthquake-warning sirens blared ahead of an...

The Smartphone App That Tells You An Earthquake Is About to Hit

September 20, 2017 More than 200 people are dead after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, the anniversary of the 1985 quake that killed at least 5,000 people. It was the second major earthquake in the region this month. Just 12 days ago, Mexico City’s earthquake-warning sirens blared ahead of an...

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Trump Threatens to 'Totally Destroy North Korea'

September 19, 2017 President Donald Trump dispensed with diplomacy at the United Nations, vowing in his maiden speech to the General Assembly that the United States “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea” if it is forced to defend itself or its allies. The remarks, reminiscent of those of Soviet...

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Why Keep State Department Special Envoys?

August 30, 2017 When news reports surfaced this week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson intended to eliminate nine special envoys—including one devoted to climate change—the outcry in some circles was swift. Elimination of this critical position is 1 more example of Trump admin ceding #climate & #cleanenergy leadership to China & Germany....

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The Trump Administration's Evolving Rhetoric on North Korea

August 29, 2017 The White House’s response Tuesday to North Korea’s latest missile test was, in a way, measured. “The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: this regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international...

How the US Can Pressure Pakistan

August 24, 2017 President Trump announced Monday a new strategic review for the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. He offered tough words for Pakistan, which supports militants inside Afghanistan, but gave few details of how the U.S. could persuade it to change its ways. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that U.S....