Ian Eppler  //  8/24/17  //  Topic Update

The Trump Administration is likely pushing for inspections of Iran’s military sites, which Iran will likely refuse, as a way to discredit the Iran nuclear deal,writes John Glaser (The Hill).

International law is not a guiding force in President Trump’s new Afghanistan strategyargues Gabriella Blum at Lawfare.

The Trump administration is denying Egypt almost $100 million in aid and delaying $195 million in military funding because of the country’s links to North Korea and its human-rights record (NY Times).

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley says that President Trump has not decided what next steps to take on the Iran nuclear deal (WaPo). 

Federal prosecutors are also taking steps to target Chinese firms that are financially aiding the North Korean government (WSJ).   

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided to withhold $195 million in military assistance to Egypt over human rights concerns (WaPo).

The Trump administration has publicly opposed the United Nations plans to make public a list of international firms conducting business in Israeli settlements (WaPo).


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.

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.