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Analysis & Opinions - The Brookings Institution

Dispatch from Munich: The Trans-Atlantic Rift Persists Amid Weaknesses on Both Sides

| Feb. 18, 2019

The rift across the Atlantic is deep, with divergent American and European worldviews evident in back-to-back speeches by Chancellor Merkel and Vice President Mike Pence. Merkel delivered a passionate and energetic defense of multilateralism and shared values, leading to a standing ovation from an inspired audience who see her as the greatest defender of the liberal world order.

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry

| Feb. 17, 2019

The Europeans no longer believe that Washington will change, not when Mr. Trump sees traditional allies as economic rivals and leadership as diktat. His distaste for multilateralism and international cooperation is a challenge to the very heart of what Europe is and needs to be in order to have an impact in the world.

The delegation of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry led by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, left, meets with North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Feb. 13, 2019 (Cha Song Ho/Associated Press).

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Analysis & Opinions - The Diplomat

Trump-Kim 2: Why Hanoi?

| Feb. 15, 2019

It was finally revealed by Trump via his usual communication channel – Twitter – that Hanoi was the venue for the much-anticipated meeting. It is most likely that the choice of venue was made with consent from Kim; thus the decision also gave clues as to North Korea’s intentions in participating in, and plans for the upcoming Hanoi summit.

President Trump speech at NATO summit in Brussels. May 25, 2017.

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Analysis & Opinions - Harvard Gazette

A Spirited Defense of NATO as Bulwark

| Feb. 14, 2019

Sensing that NATO’s role as an enduring multinational defense alliance may be slipping toward “crisis,” two Harvard affiliates and former U.S. ambassadors to NATO, Nicholas Burns and Douglas Lute, say they want to “ring the alarm” about the difficulties they believe pose a grave danger to NATO at a time when the public also seems to be underestimating its importance.

The former defense secretary Jim Mattis, center, with NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, left, and Germany’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, at NATO headquarters in Brussels last year.

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Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

In Mattis’s Shadow, Acting Pentagon Chief Tries to Reassure NATO Allies

| Feb. 14, 2019

On his first international trip as Pentagon head, Patrick M. Shanahan entered NATO headquarters on Wednesday with a key question hanging over him: Would he be the stalwart ally and buffer against President Trump’s whims that the former defense secretary, Jim Mattis, had been?

Iran demonstrations 22 Bahman Iranian Revolution

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Analysis & Opinions - Project Syndicate

The Islamic Revolution at 40

| Feb. 12, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s administration seems to hope that, with a nudge from sanctions, ordinary Iranians will rise up and overthrow the Islamic Republic. But the economic data do not support the view that the Iranian public has been driven into abject poverty since 1979, let alone that it is on the brink of revolting.

Ed Balls, Amanda Sloat and Harriet Cross discussed Brexit with Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook.

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

Video: Brexit - What's Next?

| Feb. 12, 2019

The Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship in cooperation with the Institute of Politics invited Ed Balls, former UK Shadow Chancellor, Harriet Cross, British Consul General to New England, and Amanda Sloat, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, to discuss the current state and future of Brexit in a John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum event moderated by Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook.