North America

5073 Items

A passenger reads a newspaper with headline of a planned summit meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump


Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Give North Korea All the Prestige It Wants

| Mar. 15, 2018

And that is the real danger lurking behind a Trump-Kim summit (assuming, of course, it ever takes place). Having already given Kim a significant propaganda coup — no matter how much Trump's staff tries to deny it — the president will be under enormous pressure to come away with an agreement that makes the gamble seem worth it.

In this August 2, 2017 file photo, A US military helicopter flies over the site of a suicide bomb that struck a NATO convoy in Kandahar south of Kabul, Afghanistan. In an "open letter" to U.S. President Donald Trump, Afghanistan's Taliban on Tuesday reiterated their call for a withdrawal of troops to end the protracted war. (AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Tell the Truth About Our Longest War

| Mar. 14, 2018

The nearly 17-year-old Afghanistan conflict, the longest war in United States history, will not end on the battlefield. It can be resolved only at the negotiating table. So, the bold offer last month from President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to negotiate with the Taliban “without preconditions” is a welcome initiative. But it faces daunting obstacles.

teaser image

Analysis & Opinions - PBS NEWSHOUR

Will Mike Pompeo Succeed Where Rex Tillerson Failed?

| Mar. 13, 2018

What was Rex Tillerson’s impact on the State Department and American diplomacy, and what will global ripple effects will his successor, current CIA director Mike Pompeo, face? Judy Woodruff gets reaction and analysis from Nicholas Burns, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, David Ignatius from The Washington Post and David Shedd, former acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel


Analysis & Opinions - CNN

Breaking Glass Ceiling Doesn't Give Gina Haspel a Pass

| Mar. 13, 2018

If Haspel is to protect American spies and even citizens abroad, she needs to be as clear-eyed as Tillerson about the Russian threat. In her upcoming confirmation hearing, she must share her assessment of the Skripal poisoning and how to temper Russian aggression in light of President Vladimir Putin's conduct. She will represent all of the agents at the CIA; she must stand up for them.

teaser image

Analysis & Opinions - Public Radio International

Tillerson Out, Pompeo In

| Mar. 13, 2018

From day one, Rex Tillerson was one of the most controversial choices for President Donald Trump's cabinet as secretary of state. On Tuesday, the White House announced it would be replacing Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. What can we expect under Pompeo's leadership? The World's Marco Werman interviews Nick Burns, former undersecretary of state for political affairs and former ambassador to NATO, serving under George W. Bush.

Police officers wear protective suits inside the fence of "Ashley Wood Recovery"


Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Russia Has a Long History of Eliminating 'Enemies of the State'

| Mar. 13, 2018

Cold War histories tend to discuss KGB covert action — including assassinations — in passing, if at all. My research on intelligence and Cold War superpowers, drawing on previously classified KGB material, reveals the importance that successive Soviet leaders attached to 'liquidating' traitors.

An American flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem and flags during a welcome ceremony for visiting U.S. President Donald Trump outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. November 9, 2017 (Andy Wong/Associated Press).

Andy Wong/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - Cato Unbound

The Future of U.S.-China Relations Begins at Home

| Mar. 12, 2018

Kori Schake’s essay (and the book from which it is adapted) provides a serious, penetrating, and provocative invitation to debate the overriding geostrategic challenge of our time: what to do about the rise of China. Safe Passage is an outstanding example of the sort of work we champion at the Harvard Belfer Center’s Applied History Project. It illuminates current challenges by careful analysis of the historical record. And the case she examines in which the United States rose to rival and eventually surpass the British global hegemony is among the most instructive of the 16 cases in the Harvard Thucydides’ Trap case file for policymakers seeking to cope with the current U.S.-China competition.