//  6/11/17  //  Topic Update

President Trump appeared to side with Saudi Arabia in its dispute with Qatar and to take credit for the former’s actions (PoliticoNYT).

  • The presence of a major U.S. military base in Qatar provides that country with significant leverage (WaPo).
  • U.S. officials believe that Russian hackers planted fake news stories which have contributed to rising tensions in the Gulf region (The Hill).

Some U.S. diplomats are pushing back on President Trump’s straining of relationships around the world (NYT).

A Canadian minister said that country would begin building up its military in response to U.S. withdrawal from the world stage (WaPo).

The U.S. could unilaterally withdraw from NATOargues Julian Ku at Opinio Juris.


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.