//  9/24/17  //  Topic Update

President Trump has called for U.N. reform, but stated that the Trump Administration will be “partners in your work” (NYT, WaPo, Politico).

  • President Trump should support the U.N., even if he believes in “America first,” argues Jennifer Norris at Just Security.

President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly, vowing to “totally destroy” North Korea if it threatens the United States (NYTimes, WSJ).

  • The bombastic speech shattered US political norms and had a whiff of authoritarianism, writes Stephen Collinson at CNN.
  • President Trump has defined his foreign policy doctrine as sovereignty for major powers, write Noah Bierman and David Lauter at the LA Times.
  • President Trump mentioned “sovereignty” 21 times, shamefully appealing to national sovereignty over human rights and deflecting attention from the human rights abuses of his own administration, writes Joshua Manson at the ACLU.

President Trump announced a new executive order imposing additional sanctions against North Korea (L.A. Times, NYT, WSJ).

  • The Hill provides a list of five things to know about the proposed sanctions, noting that President Trump is willing to work around Congress.

President Trump says he has made a decision on the Iran deal, but has not announced the decision (NYT, WaPo).

If President Trump ends the Iran deal, he may be unable to trigger the snapback provision to ensure the reimposition of U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran, Jean Galbraith argues (Opinio Juris).

  • If President Trump decides Iran is not in compliance with the terms of the deal, it begins a 60-day window in which Congress must decide whether to reimpose U.S. sanctions that were waived as part of the deal (WaPo).
  • There is significant pushback to Trump’s plan to decertify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal (Cato).


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.