Trump’s Surprise Visit to Iraq Raises Questions About U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

On December 26th, Donald Trump made his first visit to Iraq as the President of the United States. The trip took place about a week after Trump’s decision to withdraw 5,200 U.S. troops from Syria against the judgment of his national security advisors. It also came as a result of increasing criticism that Trump hasRead More

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Russian Interference Began Earlier and Lasted Longer Than Previously Imagined

New reports shed light on Russian’s attempts to manipulate the American public even after the 2016 election. Earlier this week, the Washing Post revealed how after Trump’s election, Russia’s intelligence team utilized various social media platforms to undermine special counsel Robert Muller’s credibility as the latter continued his investigation on Russian interference. Two reports preparedRead More

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Trump Defends His Syrian Decision and Putin Agrees

President Trump on Thursday upheld his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria via a series of tweets. While legislators from both parties are skeptical toward this move, Russian President Vladimir Putin fully endorsed Trump’s new military strategy in the Middle East. In his morning tweets, Trump claimed that America should finally reject its long-timeRead More

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Alleged Russian Spy Pleads Guilty to Conspiring Against the US

The 30-year-old alleged Russian spy Maria Butina on Thursday pleaded guilty to conspiring to be a foreign agent in the U.S. She also acknowledged her multiple attempts to infiltrate American policymakers in the 2016 election through her contacts with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and top Republican officials. “Butina sought to establish unofficial lines ofRead More

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Senate Condemns Saudi Crown Prince and Votes to End U.S. Involvement in Yemen War

The Senate on Thursday delivered a historic resolution to end U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen and condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The measure was passed by a 56-41 vote. It was the first time that the Congress approved the withdrawal of U.S. troopsRead More

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China Grows Angry Towards the U.S. Over the Arrest of Huawei CFO

The arrest of a high-profile business executive has put a strain on the already deteriorating China-U.S. relations. Wanzhou Meng, 46, is not only the chief financial officer of Huawei—one of the biggest tech companies in China—but also the daughter of its founder. On December 1st, Meng was arrested during a trip from Hong Kong toRead More

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Senate Will Determine Sanctions on Saudi Arabia After Wednesday Briefing

Senior Trump Administration officials will brief senators on Wednesday, a briefing House members are denied. This briefing can affect senators’ decision to go forward with sanctions on Saudi Arabia during the end-of-year session. Many senators are no longer satisfied with doing nothing especially when the CIA concluded Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible forRead More

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U.S. Imposes New Sanctions to Punish Iran and Syria

On Tuesday, Washington announced that it would impose additional sanctions on Iran and Syria for their alleged illicit oil trade scheme. Before the Tuesday action, U.S. sanctions against Iran allowed for a number of exemptions for medical products and devices. The new ban specifically punished Syrian citizen Mohammad Amer Alchiwiki and the Russian state-owned enterprise—GlobalRead More

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Trump Sided with Saudi Crown Prince on Khashoggi’s Murder

On Tuesday, President Trump announced that he supported Saudi Arabia despite the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and would not take action against the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In a strongly worded statement tilted “American First!”, Trump claimed that the U.S. would never know exactly what happened inside the IstanbulRead More

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French President Macron Called for a ‘True European Army’

French President Emmanuel Macron pushed for a “true European army” that would free the E.U. from its over-reliance on the U.S. in military matters. Macron had long held the vision of a stronger European defense alliance. Having witnessed Donald Trump’s unwillingness to work with Europe on security issues, the French president believed it more urgentRead More

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