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Donald Trump in Roosevelt Room of White House

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Night That You Told Me Those Not-So-Little White Lies

| Mar. 18, 2017

"According to ex-President Obama's political director, David Simas, religious institutions, academia, and the media have traditionally set the limits of acceptable discourse. Now, through Facebook and Twitter, one can get around this restriction. This creates a whole new permission structure, a sense of social affirmation for what was once thought unthinkable."

Wearing traditional Kazakh costumes on the shoulders, from left, U.S. astronaut Michael Hopkins and Russia's cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky attend a press conference in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, shortly after their landing aboard Soyuz TMA-10M capsule. Hopkins together with the two Russia's cosmonauts landed safely in the Kazakh steppe aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule after a stay of over five months aboard the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Vasily Maximov, pool)

AP Photo/Vasily Maximov, pool

Analysis & Opinions - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

US-Russian space cooperation: a model for nuclear security

| Mar. 07, 2017

This interdependence between the US and Russian space programs persists even though the two countries are now living through what some pundits describe as a new Cold War. There was a time not so long ago, however, when the two nations viewed space solely as an area of strategic competition. The steps that Washington and Moscow took to transform their space rivalry into cooperation can serve today as a model for working together to help prevent nuclear terrorism, no matter how strained relations may seem.

Michael Anton before Trump news conference

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

How Not to Fix the Liberal World Order

| Mar. 06, 2017

"Like the president he now serves, Anton doesn't understand how the global trading order actually works. Trade agreements are long and complicated today because they are no longer primarily concerned with reducing tariffs (which are already quite low). Instead, contemporary trade agreements are mostly about harmonizing labor, regulatory, environmental, and copyright standards across many different societies, precisely for the purpose of creating fairer competition between states. Agreements of this kind are very much in America's interest, because otherwise U.S. workers would have to compete with foreign industries where labor and environmental standards are much lower than they are in the United States."

In this Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 photo, Tayron Santos cleans the newly-installed wall mural of former President Richard Nixon in the lobby area of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif. The museum will reopen Friday, Oct. 14, following a $15 million makeover aimed at bringing the country’s 37th president closer to younger generations less familiar with his groundbreaking trip to China or the Watergate scandal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The Hill, the swamp, and precursors to Trump

| Mar. 06, 2017

As Trump’s administration digs itself into ever deeper holes over his campaign’s contacts with the Russians, he needs to remember the lessons of Watergate. Number one: Declaring war on the press is a high-risk strategy because they have the biggest possible incentive to get you. Number two: It’s the cover-up that kills you.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gestures during a news conference after a speech before law enforcement officers in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

AP Photo/Steve Helber

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Attorney General Sessions should not have recused himself

| Mar. 02, 2017

In situations such as these where baseless allegations are coming at you in every direction, it’s best to hunker down and let the howling mob exhaust themselves. Even prior to his recusal, the so-called resistance issued calls for the attorney general's resignation. But the whole idea is a joke. Exactly who is being accused? And of what? The Democrats are fishing here, and no Republican should cooperate.

A currency trader calculates Malaysian ringgit notes at a currency exchange store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

(AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

Addicted to Dollars

| Mar. 02, 2017

Since the end of World War II, the United States’ share in world GDP has fallen from nearly 30% to about 18%. Other advanced economies have also experienced sustained declines in their respective slices of the global pie. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at the international monetary system.

In this Jan. 27, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump, left, listens as Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, speaks at the Pentagon in Washington. With Republicans in charge of Congress, President Donald Trump’s pledge to boost the Pentagon’s budget by tens of billions of dollars should be a sure bet. It’s not. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Trump is right to spend more on defense. Here’s how to do so wisely.

| Mar. 01, 2017

The bulk of any additional defense investment must focus on maintaining and extending our technological and warfighting edge, including in cyber, electronic and anti-submarine arenas, unmanned systems, automation, long-range striking and protected communications. U.S. military leaders should moderate their appetite for a bigger force today to protect critical investments in cutting-edge capabilities that will determine whether we succeed on the battlefield tomorrow.