Britany Riley  //  8/20/17  //  Topic Update


Senior administration officials downplayed the threat of war with North Korea (WSJ). 

  • The Trump Administration continues to lack a coherent strategy on North Korea (The Hill).
  • The standoff between President Trump and North Korea offers a test case on Presidential War Powers, writes Deborah Peterson at Just Security.

A bipartisan group of former diplomats discussed their concerns about the Trump Administration's plan to merge the State Department and USAID (WaPo).

In reaction to the terror attack in Barcelona, President Trump spread falsehoods and signaled a willingness to commit war crimeswrites Bill Kristol at National Review.

  • Unlike with Charlottesville, it didn’t take long for the President to “know the facts” with the events in Barcelona (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.