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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.

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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.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walks down a hallway after speaking at a news conference at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. President Donald Trump fired Tillerson and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Tillerson’s Departure Removes Another Check on an Impulsive Trump

| Mar. 13, 2018

The Great Disrupter and the Boy Scout were never comfortable partners. So there was a sense of inevitability to President Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he was dumping Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and installing Mike Pompeo, the man he wanted in that job back in November.

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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.

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Rex Tillerson’s Last Act: Leave Quietly or Go Down Fighting

| Mar. 13, 2018

Like his predecessors in the Trump administration, Rex Tillerson faces a choice: He can end his rocky tenure by departing quietly or by stoking controversy, going along with the transition or salvaging his own reputation. The experience of Alexander M. Haig, President Ronald Reagan’s first secretary of state and the most recent to leave amid controversy, illustrates the importance of this decision.

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).

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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.