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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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Why North Korea Walked Back Its Threat on Guam

August 16, 2017 North Korea’s apparent walk back of its threat to fire missiles near the U.S. territory of Guam could mean military tensions with the United States have been diminished—or at least postponed. Or it could indicate that much of the seeming escalation in tensions between the two sides last week was...

The President vs. His Own Secretary of State

August 9, 2017 The job of the secretary of state, according to the U.S. State Department, is to carry “out the president’s foreign policies.” So when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe there’s “any imminent threat” of conflict with North Korea, technically he should have been reflecting President...

Is Trump Right About Afghanistan?

August 3, 2017 President Trump reportedly told his top advisers he thinks the U.S. is “losing” the war in Afghanistan, and is reportedly considering replacing his top general in the country with Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, his national-security adviser. That Trump is skeptical about the need for more U.S. troops in Afghanistan...

Tillerson Acknowledges 'Differences' With Trump on Iran Deal

August 2, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged Tuesday he and President Trump “have differences” on the nuclear deal with Iran, but said the Islamic republic was violating the spirit of the agreement with its activities, adding the U.S. was working with its allies to ensure Iran’s compliance with the deal....

New U.S. Rules Would Ban Most Travel to North Korea

August 1, 2017 The Trump administration is expected Wednesday to publish new rules that would make it all but impossible for most Americans to visit North Korea. The decision, which will be published in the Federal Register, comes after the death in June of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student who...

What’s Left to Sanction in North Korea?

August 1, 2017 The Trump administration’s public response to North Korea’s latest ICBM test has been to criticize China for not doing enough to pressure its client in Pyongyang. President Trump said China was doing “nothing” on North Korea while “our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of...

North Korea Launches Another ICBM

July 28, 2017 North Korea has launched another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Pentagon said Friday, an action that is likely to increase tensions with its neighbors and the U.S., and result in international pressure on Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear programs. The test comes three weeks after North Korea tested an...

North Korea Appears to Have Launched Another Missile

July 28, 2017 North Korea appears to have launched another missile, Japan and South Korea said Friday, an action that is likely to increase tensions with its neighbors and the U.S. and result in international pressure on Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear programs. The test comes three weeks after North Korea tested...

Why Russia Ordered the U.S. to Reduce Its Diplomatic Staff

July 28, 2017 Russia ordered the U.S. Friday to reduce its diplomatic staff in the country to 455 and seized two American diplomatic properties, in retaliation for similar steps ordered by the Obama administration last December and a sweeping sanctions bill approved this week by the U.S. Congress. “The Russian side is suspending...

Jared Kushner Maintains He 'Did Not Collude' With Russia in Rare Public Statement

July 24, 2017 Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, told reporters Monday that he “did not collude” with Russia, reiterating remarks he made earlier in the day in a closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know...