• The end of the Iran deal

    Early last week, President Trump announced that the United States would cease to observe its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran deal. His public statement — replete with untruths, half-truths and distortions — amounted to a declaration that Iran was violating the agreement and could not be trusted.

  • North Korea rethinking assumptions

    Over recent weeks, events involving North Korea have been dramatic, to say the least. In rapid succession, we have gone from Pyongyang’s surprise participation in the Winter Olympics to a highly choreographed and visually compelling meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas. This is all prelude to an imminent summit between Kim Jong Un

  • State government gets a well-deserved “I” for incomplete

    A review of this year’s legislative session looks remarkably similar to a competitive swimmer’s disqualification report. “Out of sequence.” “False start.” “Toes over lip of gutter.” “Delay of meet.” Legislators are guilty of almost everything except “early take-off.” There are many contributing factors to the unprecedented failure to complete the work of a legislative session.

  • Japan in doubt

    Japan has long been the linchpin of the U.S. security strategy in Asia. The current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is deeply invested personally and politically in nurturing the U.S.-Japan alliance. But no country and no prime minister views the rapidly changing developments in U.S.-North Korean relations with more doubt and angst that Mr. Abe. As

  • The new autocrats

    When the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union disintegrated, it seemed that the triumph of Western democratic values was complete. If communism represented autocratic state/party control of political and economic life, the West represented limited government devoted to facilitating individual choice, not suppressing it. In Russia, a parliamentary democracy replaced the dictatorship of the