Derek Reinbold  //  4/2/17  //  Topic Update


The Trump Administration’s reduced commitment to human rights internationally will hurt American foreign policy, cautions Julia Sherman on Take Care.

  • At Lawfare, Ingrid Wuerth notes that the Trump Administration has complied with international law thus far.

President Trump's proposed cuts to the State Department budget would be irresponsible, short-sighted, and harmful to U.S. foreign policywrites Rep. Joaquin Castro at The Hill.

  • At Just Security, Alexandra Bell describes the proposed State Department cuts as “national security malpractice.”

At Just Security, Oona Hathaway gives possible explanations for the recent rise in civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria (Just Security).

The United States has spoken out against a United Nations effort to ban nuclear weapons, joining other major powers in their protest (WaPo).

  • The U.S. should use this opportunity to evaluate its position on the use of nuclear weapons, argue Lt. Col. Ted Richard and Sean Watts at Just Security.

Trump signed two executive orders concerning abusive trade practices contributing to the U.S. trade deficit and the collection of duties from countries believed to be selling products below their cost of production in the U.S. (WaPoNYT).

In a draft letter to Congress, the Trump administration outlined modest changes to NAFTA, in spite of President Trump’s earlier rhetoric lambasting the deal (WSJ).

  • Critics have compared this proposal to the defunct TPP deal negotiated by the Obama administration.

On Sunday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt called the Paris Agreement on climate change a “bad deal” (The Hill).

After the United States failed to appear before hearings at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights last week, Johanna Kalb questioned whether the Trump Administration believes in the rule of law (Brennan Center for Justice).


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.