The Populist War Against Intelligence

President Trump's revocation of the security clearance of a former CIA director represents the latest step in his attack on US intelligence.  The path ahead is troubling.  Now in power, Austria's right wing offensive against the country's intelligence service shows why.


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How Kim Has Played Trump


Claims by the Trump administration of success in stopping North Korea's nuclear program aren't borne out by the facts.  Kim Chong Un is coming out the winner in a contest that makes clear this is one game that isn't going to the master of the deal.


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Will China Weaponize Social Media?


Russia's success in leveraging news and social media to roil the 2016 presidential election will be followed by meddling in this year's congressional midterm elections.  But a focus solely on Moscow misses an even more potent threat: Chinese capabilities to  the same ends.

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Trump Is in Denial About North Korea

US President Donald Trump's insistence that negotiations with North Korea are "going well" is directly contradicted by US intelligence findings about the country's nuclear program. Trump needs to put substance ahead of spectacle – and US allies ahead of his own fragile ego – before it is too late.

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Kim Jong-un’s Moneyball Strategy


While in Japan this week, US President Donald Trump once again exposed the rifts within America's alliances, as well as within his own administration, when it comes to the North Korean nuclear issue. By contrast, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is quietly building a new united front with China and Russia, much to the detriment of US interests in the region.

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving – to China


The Trump administration is handing China the opportunity of a lifetime--in this case, the life time tenure of Xi Jinping.  With Chinese trade and investment reshaping relations in Asia, Washington is conceding a leadership role that many in Asia worry it will not be able to recoup.

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Trump’s North Korean Road to Nowhere


Less than a year after his unprecedented face-to-face meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, US President Donald Trump is planning to hold another summit to discuss denuclearization. Judging by the outcome of the first meeting, US allies in the region have good reason to be deeply concerned.

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Kent Michael Harrington

Analyst, Journalist, Author and National Security Affairs Expert

Trump’s Counter-Intelligence Strategy


President Trump has broken new ground in more ways than one, not least in his distance from his own intelligence community and his outright antagonism toward its work and findings.  Intelligence leaders recently claimed the opposite, but the facts suggest Trump’s attacks on their agencies—and their burden—will only get worse.  Below are some thoughts on why.


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