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Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Grading the Singapore Summit: Compared to What?

| June 15, 2018

In the hyperpolarized state of American politics and policy debate, both critics and supporters of the Trump administration have become so predictable that they are now background noise. If required to summarize my assessment of the Trump-Kim summit in one line, it would be: oversold and undervalued. Despite their best efforts, his critics haven’t come close to matching Trump’s preposterous claim that “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”

Jordanian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration outside the in front of the Labour Union office, in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Raad al-Adayleh)

(AP Photo/Raad al-Adayleh)

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Can Jordan’s new prime minister reform the government?

| June 13, 2018


Last week, Jordan’s King Abdullah II appointed former education minister Omar Razzaz as the new prime minister after protests rocked the country. And Razzaz has already made several concessions to the protesters over taxes. But more interesting is that Razzaz said a “new social contract” will be a top item on his government’s agenda. What does a new social contract mean in the Jordanian context, and how would this help Jordan to overcome its persistent political and economic problems?

U. S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Kim Got What He Wanted in Singapore. Trump Didn’t.

| June 13, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left the summit with Trump in Singapore on Tuesday with four of his longstanding objectives met. Trump got little in return. First, Kim, a 34-year-old brutal totalitarian leading a famished country, met as an equal the leader of the most powerful nation on earth — an accomplishment that eluded his father and grandfather. Second, Trump “committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK.” Third, he agreed to halt U.S.-South Korean military exercises. Fourth, Kim has reversed the U.S. policy of “maximum pressure” — witness how China is already pressing for sanctions relief. Whether or not the United Nations Security Council takes such action is irrelevant, because Beijing controls the trade flows to North Korea and will now likely ramp them up again.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Americans Launch #ThankCanada Campaign After Trump Attacks Trudeau

| June 12, 2018

Canada’s House of Commons adopted an unusual unanimous resolution Monday backing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he was harshly criticized by President Trump, while Americans lent support to their northern neighbor on Twitter through a special hashtag #ThankCanada.