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Uri Friedman

Uri Friedman is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Global Channel. He was previously the deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy and a staff writer for The Atlantic Wire.
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Can Russia Help the US as Much as Trump Says It Can?

November 14, 2017 Donald Trump has a message for the “haters and fools”—those who pounced on him when he suggested, aboard Air Force One this past weekend, that he placed greater faith in Vladimir Putin’s denials about interfering in the 2016 U.S. election than in the conclusions of the “political hacks” in his...

Donald Trump: Unlikely Defender of U.S. Allies

November 8, 2017 It’s been a remarkable few days for a man who once accused America’s “so-called allies” Japan and South Korea of “making billions screwing us.” A man who, as recently as last year, argued that “we’re better off” if both countries protected themselves from North Korea—by acquiring their own nuclear weapons...

Trump's North Korea Policy Earns Praise—From a Former North Korean Diplomat

November 3, 2017 Thae Yong Ho, one of the highest-ranking officials ever to defect from North Korea, doesn’t agree with those who argue that Donald Trump is recklessly tempting war by threatening and taunting Kim Jong Un. North Korean leaders perceived past American presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as “very...

Senator to Donald Trump: Americans Deserve to Know the Costs of a North Korea Conflict

November 1, 2017 This morning, Tammy Duckworth, a Democratic senator from Illinois, wrote Donald Trump to demand an accounting of what the president and his advisers mean when they talk, with growing urgency these days, of “military options” against North Korea and its nuclear-weapons program. “We must never allow the consequences of war...

A Former CIA Director Describes the Dangers of 'Trump Unleashed'

November 1, 2017 You sense that the stakes are high, and the circumstances exceptional, when the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency issues the kind of rebuke of a sitting president that John Brennan did on Friday, in an interview with The Atlantic. “There’s never been a previous president, at least in...

A Former CIA Director Describes the Dangers of 'Trump Unleashed'

November 1, 2017 You sense that the stakes are high, and the circumstances exceptional, when the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency issues the kind of rebuke of a sitting president that John Brennan did on Friday, in an interview with The Atlantic. “There’s never been a previous president, at least in...

Washington Resumes Talking About Nuclear War

October 25, 2017 On an unseasonably warm October day recently, Donald Trump’s CIA director and national-security adviser appeared one after another at a conference in the nation’s capital. They soberly assessed the world’s greatest threats below the gentle light of chandeliers in a hotel ballroom. In between their remarks, D.C.’s cognoscenti spilled into...

The Contradiction at the Core of Trump's North Korea Strategy

October 20, 2017 In a joint appearance at a security conference on Thursday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster exposed a central tension in the Trump administration’s efforts to counter the North Korean nuclear-weapons program. Both officials stressed that North Korea was rapidly approaching a milestone that might prompt the...

Donald Trump, Dealbreaker

October 14, 2017 Donald Trump styles himself a dealmaker, but so far in his presidency he hasn’t struck many deals on the international stage, besides a multibillion-dollar arms agreement with Saudi Arabia that might not be quite as massive as advertised. Instead, the U.S. leader has consistently assumed the role of dealbreaker—withdrawing the...

Madeleine Albright: 'All of a Sudden, Diplomacy Is Being Degraded'

September 29, 2017 Madeleine Albright—who as secretary of state in the Clinton administration presided over one of the last diplomatic breakthroughs with North Korea, visiting Pyongyang to negotiate directly with Kim Jong Il—argued on Thursday that the organization she used to lead is being hollowed out just when the United States needs it...