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In this April 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. forces and Afghan security police are seen in Asad Khil near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File

Analysis & Opinions - Wall Street Journal

Getting an Edge in the Long Afghan Struggle

| June 22, 2017

America’s leaders should not lose sight of why the U.S. went to, and has stayed in, Afghanistan: It is in our national interest to ensure that country is not once again a sanctuary for transnational extremists, as it was when the 9/11 attacks were planned there.

President Donald Trump and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia talk together during ceremonies, Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Royal Court Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Official White House Photo Shealah Craighead

Analysis & Opinions - Bloomberg View

In Saudi Shakeup, Economics Tops Counterterrorism

| June 21, 2017

The latest big news out of the Middle East is that Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has ousted the crown prince and installed his 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, in that position. While the world waits to see more of the reaction from Saudis and others in the region, a few quick thoughts come to my mind.

 Rex Tillerson walks to speak at a news conference

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

Why the United States Needs Qatar, and Why the Current Conflict is Best Settled Peacefully

| June 15, 2017

The most important action for the United States to take in the current situation is to ease tensions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia and continue to pressure both countries to improve their investigation of individuals supporting al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Qatar's unorthodox diplomacy, their provision of a stable, strategically situated basing area, and their record in bringing to light human rights issues in the Middle East could actually be useful for United States.

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Analysis & Opinions - PRI's The World

Nick Burns on PRI's The World: What you missed while Washington (and the media) were freaking out about the Comey hearings

| June 09, 2017

While Washington and the media were preoccupied with James Comey hearings and Donald Trump press conferences this week, what else was going on that we didn't hear about? Or, ought to be paying closer attention to? The World's Marco Werman talked to Nick Burns to find out. 

Newspaper Article - The New York Times

Some U.S. Diplomats Stage Quiet Revolt Amid Tensions With Trump

| June 06, 2017

Professor Nicholas Burns, quoted in a New York Times article titled “Some U.S. Diplomats Stage Quiet Revolt Amid Tensions With Trump,” describes the uncomfortable position that top US diplomats find themselves in as tensions between the State Department and the White House run high

Boris Johnson greets Rex Tillerson, outside Carlton Gardens in London

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Analysis & Opinions - Prospect

The Manchester Attack Revealed Crucial Differences in How the British and American Press Operate

| May 30, 2017

"The disparity between British and US media reporting of the Manchester attack highlights a problem only likely to increase in the future: how to regulate reporting on national security issues in a free society, with a free press, in the digital age. With the world’s increasing interconnectivity, in which we can receive news from outlets all over the world to our phones, and even watches, previous arrangements to regulate British press reporting seem increasingly anachronistic."

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, holds a bilateral meeting with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The value of Trump’s vow with the Saudis to battle extremism

| May 29, 2017

"The problem we face is not complicated. A movement is spreading all over the world that interprets religious texts in the most literal way. This movement encourages young men and women to believe that violence against unbelievers is not merely legitimate but praiseworthy. Its moral code is so warped that it praises as a “soldier” a man who straps a bomb to his own body and detonates it in a concert hall, killing 22 defenseless people, among them an eight-year-old girl."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters a cell as she visits the prison of the former East German Ministry for State Security (MfS), known as the Stasi, in Berlin's Hohenschoenhausen district Tuesday May 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool)

AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool

Analysis & Opinions - The Straits Times

Normal times must end for terror to be fought

| May 25, 2017

"What's needed to get out of terror attacks being normal? First, liberal societies may have to permit illiberal laws that hit suspected terrorists before they strike. Second, terror groups will learn to accept the military superiority of Western states, and their capacity for retaliation."