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Krishnadev Calamur

Krishnadev Calamur is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees news coverage. He is a former editor and reporter at NPR and the author of Murder in Mumbai.
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Pakistan's Week Keeps Getting Worse

January 4, 2018 This is a bad week for Pakistan—and it’s still Thursday. On Monday, President Trump tweeted the U.S. has “foolishly” given the country more than $33 billion in aid over the past 15 years, “and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They...

Trump's Belligerence Toward Pakistan Isn't Unreasonable

January 3, 2018 On Tuesday, Trump administration officials joined the president to criticize Pakistan’s commitment to Afghanistan’s stability, accusing Islamabad of playing “a double game for years.” The comments by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, H.R. McMaster, the national-security-adviser, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House spokesperson, are likely...

Why Do People Refer to a Non-Existent 'Nuclear Button'?

January 3, 2018 Asking if the nuclear button at President Trump’s disposal is an actual button, as the president claimed on Twitter Tuesday, or merely a figurative term to describe the means by which a nuclear missile can be deployed is a bit like asking someone if they’d preferred to be shot or...

ISIS in Afghanistan Is Like a Balloon That Won't Pop

December 28, 2017 ISIS should have been eliminated in Afghanistan. That’s what Americans will tell you, anyway. In April, the U.S. military said that only about 700 ISIS fighters remained in the country and then proceeded to drop the “mother of all bombs,” one of the largest non-nuclear devices, against an ISIS facility...

Trump to Announce the U.S. Is Moving Its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

December 6, 2017 President Trump will announce Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and is moving the U.S. Embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv, a process that could take “years,” senior administration officials said Tuesday. But the announcement will not, they said, have a bearing...

Rex Tillerson’s Slow-Motion Exit

November 30, 2017 The president of the United States and the man he made secretary of state have been at odds almost since the beginning. Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson clashed over the Iran nuclear deal, NATO, the Qatar crisis, and North Korea. Then there were reports that Tillerson called Trump a "moron,"...

North Korea Ends Its Pause in Missile Tests

November 28, 2017 On Tuesday in the U.S.—Wednesday in Asia—the world’s two-and-a-half month respite from North Korean provocations came to an end. Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, reported that the North had fired a ballistic missile heading east; NHK, the Japanese broadcaster, said this one, like several before it, may have landed...

How the US and China Differ on North Korea

November 28, 2017 Last week, President Trump named North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, tagging the communist country with the label almost a decade after the Bush administration removed it. “In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign...

Saudi Arabia's Very Public, Very Risky Palace Intrigue

November 5, 2017 Details are still emerging about why, exactly, 11 of Saudi Arabia's richest and most influential businessmen and politicians are being held at the Ritz Carlton and other five-star hotels across Riyadh. But one thing is clear: Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s purge Saturday of high-ranking leaders in the kingdom is yet...

Trump’s Policy on Terrorism Suspects Looks Like Obama’s

October 31, 2017 Reports that U.S. special-operations forces captured a key figure in the fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012 will likely restart the debate over whether terrorism suspects should be tried in civilian courts. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, dented...