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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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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...

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...

Trump's New Refugee Policy Targets These 11 Countries

October 25, 2017 The Trump administration issued an order Tuesday that resumed the resettlement of refuges in the United States, but said the applications of citizens from 11 “higher-risk” countries would be considered on a case-by-case basis during a new 90-day review period. The administration has so far declined to name the countries...

The Questions Raised By Trump's Iran Deal Decision

October 13, 2017 After months of speculation, here’s the Trump administration’s policy toward the nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: “We will stay in the JCPOA, but the president will decertify under INARA,” said Rex Tillerson, the U.S. secretary of state, referring to the Iran Nuclear Agreement...

Two Nuclear Deals, Two Countries, Three Decades Apart

October 12, 2017 President Trump is expected this week to decline to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The deal’s supporters have warned that such a move could eventually prompt Iran to abandon the multilateral agreement and continue work on...

Are Trump's Tweets Undercutting U.S. Diplomacy?

October 3, 2017 President Trump’s tweets Sunday, declaring it a waste of time to try to negotiate with North Korea, appeared to contradict the sentiments of his own chief diplomat, who is at least formally taking the lead on the administration’s North Korea policy. It wasn’t the first time the two men seemed...

Trump's Undermining of Rex Tillerson

October 2, 2017 President Trump’s latest tweets on U.S. diplomacy with North Korea appear not only to undermine Rex Tillerson, his secretary of state, but also the nascent dialogue with Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs. “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying...

The Smartphone App That Tells You An Earthquake Is About to Hit

September 20, 2017 More than 200 people are dead after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, the anniversary of the 1985 quake that killed at least 5,000 people. It was the second major earthquake in the region this month. Just 12 days ago, Mexico City’s earthquake-warning sirens blared ahead of an...

The Smartphone App That Tells You An Earthquake Is About to Hit

September 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow More than 200 people are dead after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, the anniversary of the 1985 quake that killed at least 5,000 people. It was the second major earthquake in the region this month. Just 12 days ago, Mexico City’s earthquake-warning sirens blared ahead of an...