Generation Z is not Generation Zzzzzzzz. We’re not asleep! We realize that, just as Z is the last letter in the English alphabet, the post-millennial generation is most likely the last one that will be capable of doing something to mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change. And we want our fellow citizens and elected … Continued
Month: July 2018
Join us and be part of the conversation! Thursday, November 8, 2018 Dinner Keynote Speaker Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun Senior Advisor at The Asia Group, Global Affairs Analyst for CNN Joseph Y. Yun previously served as US Ambassador to Malaysia and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan. Widely recognized as one … Continued
Grace Liu, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and an intelligence analyst in the US Army National Guard, was with friends on a beach in California, watching the sunset, when texts sent to their phones alerted them to a seismic event. “We saw this was in Northeast Asia,” recalled Liu, … Continued
The much-anticipated summit in Helsinki is over and US media and politicians are fuming over Trump’s admiration of the persuasive skills of President Putin. Even though Trump’s performance during the press conference may have played to the Russian side, it is unlikely major Russian goals for the summit centered on making the US president look … Continued
Three to five years ago, a lot of articles were published about scandalously poor morale among missileers at US intercontinental ballistic missile bases. But what about the crews on ballistic missile submarines? If things are weird at Minot and Malmstrom, aren’t they weirder under water? Not in the telling of Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr. of … Continued
This month’s scorching heat wave broke records around the world. The Algerian city of Ouargla, with a population of half a million, had a temperature of 124.3 degrees Fahrenheit on July 6, the hottest reliably measured temperature on record in Africa. In Ireland and Wales, the unusually hot weather revealed ancient structures normally hidden by … Continued
The Bulletin called some of its regular contributors and an observer from Finland to hear what they think the Putin and Trump’s shocking summit means for nuclear stability.
In spite of its slapdash execution and its many real problems—discussed in the pages of the Bulletin and elsewhere—let us not forget the bigger picture regarding the recent Singapore summit. The overarching goals laid out in the statement issued after the historic meeting between US President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are realistic and highly … Continued
In general, US media organizations covered the early stops in President Trump’s tour through Europe conventionally, which, in the Trump era, means that the tour played as spectacle. And spectacle there certainly was: NATO-bashing, humiliation of Theresa May, rudeness to the queen—even a balloon of a giant, diapered, angry baby Trump, holding a smart phone … Continued
The initial take on the summit between Presidents Trump and Putin does not augur well for US national interests. It is difficult to see how the summit will do much to move US-Russia relations to a better place. The hope, a faint one, is that follow-on discussions between US and Russian officials will begin to … Continued
A year and a half into his presidency, you would think US President Donald Trump no longer had the power to flabbergast, but he took his talent to new heights on Monday during a press conference following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Former CIA director John Brennan called Trump’s performance “nothing short of … Continued
President Trump’s trip through Europe ahead of a Helsinki meeting with Russian President Putin has included almost everything a public spectacle enthusiast could hope to witness: Senseless NATO-bashing, followed by unpersuasive, pro forma NATO praise. An interview with a low-brow British newspaper in which Trump criticized and insulted the UK prime minister ahead of meeting … Continued
While Donald Trump made headlines overseas this week, the UN Security Council quietly talked climate change for the third time in its history.
Political pundits have been making many references lately to The Manchurian Candidate, but few seem to know the origins of the phrase.
In a few days, US President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Media coverage will undoubtedly highlight Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, but it would be remiss not to discuss the nuclear implications of the Trump-Putin summit as well. Kto vinovat? (Russian for “who is to blame?”) … Continued
Less than one year ago, President Donald Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” against North Korea, implying the possible use of nuclear weapons. This inflammatory rhetoric alarmed the world—especially the countries of East Asia. Trump’s threats were particularly upsetting to people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, because his tweets came on the 72nd anniversary of … Continued
This assessment of Russian President Vadimir Putin was written by Fiona Hill, at the time a senior fellow and director of the Center for the United States and Europe at The Brookings Institution; it was originally published in April 2016. Approximately a year later, Hill joined the Trump administration as the deputy assistant to the … Continued
On Sunday a 44-year-old British woman died from exposure to one of the nerve agents known as novichok, a class of chemical weapons made only by the Soviet Union and Russia. The victim, Dawn Sturgess, was a mother of three living in a facility for the homeless, not an obvious target of the Russian government, Russian … Continued
Less than a month after the first-ever US-North Korea summit, news reports began emerging that Pyongyang is continuing to develop its nuclear program, just as it was doing before the June 12th meeting in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. While these reported activities violate UN Security Council … Continued
Earlier this week, a 33-year-old teacher, with her 2-year-old son on her hip, approached EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in a Washington restaurant and urged him “to resign for what you’re doing to the environment in our country.” I was watching a video of that very moment yesterday when Pruitt’s resignation popped up on my news … Continued