Alexandra Widas  //  10/21/17  //  Topic Update


Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stated that withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal would undermine the United States’ credibility in future negotiations (PoliticoL.A. Times).

 European Union Foreign Ministers condemned President Trump’s decision to pull backing for the Iran nuclear agreement (WSJ).

  • President Trump has reportedly succeeded in uniting Iranians across the political spectrum (CNN).

North Korean officials claim they will not engage in diplomacy with the U.S. until they have long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. East Coast (CNN).

U.S.-backed forces completed the capture of Raqqa, once the capital of the Islamic State (NYTWSJWaPo).

The Trump Administration is enabling Chinese efforts to undermine UN human rights work (Foreign Policy).

The Trump Administration was correct to withdraw from UNESCO, argues Representative Ken Calvert at The Hill. 

Former Mossad Director Tamir Pardo has said that recent leaks of Israeli intelligence by the United States should not affect the U.S.-Israel relationship (The Hill).

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned China that the U.S. has many economic weapons to address trade imbalances and Chinese action in the South China Sea (WSJ).


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.