Helen Klein Murillo  //  6/4/17  //  Topic Update


Compare the Trump administration’s use of economic sanctions against foreign countries to those of past administrations using a new data visualization tool available on Lawfare.

Hassan Rouhani’s election victory in Iran is unlikely to strengthen the leader, but the Trump administration should not be dismissive of the result and should heed Rouhani’s message about the benefits of direct negotiation with the regime, argues Suzanne Maloney (Lawfare).

President Trump announced that he would not move the U.S.’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem at this time (NYT).


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.