Derek Reinbold  //  4/9/17  //  Topic Update


The White House violated traditional security protocol when announcing Jared Kushner’s visit to Iraq (WaPo).

President Trump’s proposed budget cuts may worsen a famine in Africa (Vox).

President Trump’s strategy to get China to pressure North Korea is “all sticks and no carrots,” argues Ted Galen Carpenter (Cato at Liberty).

The Trump Administration will eliminate funding for the United Nations Population Fund, citing allegations that the agency supports abortion and forced sterilization in China (WaPo).

  • The agency “vigorously denied the charge” (Vox).

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump threatened to take aid away from Palestine if Palestinian leadership remained unwilling to negotiate with Israel. Vice President Mike Pence announced that the new embassy in Jerusalem would open in 2019.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump refuses to certify that the Iranian nuclear disarmament deal is in America’s best interests, but is expected to allow the accord to continue. The Trump administration announces it will suspend most security assistance to Pakistan.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump said in a speech on national security that Russia and China “seek to challenge American influence, values and wealth,” but did not directly address Russian interference in the 2016 election. A majority of nations in the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution rebuking America's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy to the city.