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Israel@70: US to open controversial Jerusalem Embassy in May

The United States said Friday it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, bringing forward the contested move to coincide with the Jewish state’s 70th birthday — and enraging Palestinians, who called it a “blatant provocation.” Palestinians object to recognition of the disputed city as Israel’s capital, and

The State of Defense 2018: Overview

Introduction: By Kevin Baron The one consensus seems to be the view that, under Trump, America is no longer the world’s clear leader. And that is a titanic change.  If President Donald Trump came to Washington to upend the system and bring radical change, so far he has failed miserably at the Pentagon. At the

Is Europe bold enough to counter US ambivalence?

The Munich Security Conference is expected to be dominated by US President Donald Trump's ambivalence toward traditional alliances, leaving Europe no choice but to step up its defense initiatives.   So much for basing scholarly foreign-policy debate on the international order. "The world is becoming less international and less orderly," Ambassador Wolfgang

The Chance of Accidental Nuclear War Is Growing

By Michael Krepon Recapitalizing the U.S. nuclear deterrent won't help. What's missing is a strategy and resources to reduce risks of cataclysmic accidents, miscalculation, and human error. The Trump administration’s nuclear posture statement comes at a particularly rough time, reminiscent of the transition from President Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. Back then, an

Obvious – and less so – signs of impending new Korean War

By Danny Lam President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech dropped broad hints about North Korea and the prospects for military action. At the same time, Trump’s rhetoric has become conspicuously muted since his earlier speech to the United Nations. However, that is not necessarily an indication of Trump’s intentions. Another