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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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Analysis: $5 Billion Could Buy a Lot of Border Security

January 11, 2019 As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged to reduce illegal immigration from Central America, and since taking office he has paired that vow with professed concerns about not just the flow of asylum seekers into the United States, but the smuggling of drugs and the potential entry of terrorists, too....

Four People Who Could Be the Next Defense Secretary

December 21, 2018 Rumors about James Mattis’s impending departure as President Donald Trump’s defense secretary have swirled for months. On Thursday, those rumors became reality. Whoever succeeds Mattis—who resigned in protest over the president’s military policy—will face the same challenges as the outgoing defense secretary: an impetuous president, fraying alliances, and rising dangers...

Trump Wanted Out of Syria. It’s Finally Happening.

December 19, 2018 President Donald Trump is finally getting his way in Syria. Vehemently opposed to the extended presence of American troops in the war-ravaged country, he had been forced to keep them there longer than he wanted. Not, it seems, anymore. “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being...

Democrats Challenge Trump Over Vietnam Deportations

December 13, 2018 Opposition is building against a Trump-administration plan to allow certain groups of protected Vietnamese immigrants to be deported, a day after The Atlantic reported that the U.S. is reinterpreting an agreement with Vietnam that shielded some of them from being moved out of the country. In the latest sign of...

Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees

December 12, 2018 The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades—many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War. This is the latest move in the president’s long record of prioritizing harsh immigration and asylum restrictions, and...

The Saudi Ambassador is Back in D.C. Will Anyone Talk to Him?

December 6, 2018 The Saudi ambassador to the United States may have quietly returned to Washington, but he’s going to have some trouble getting meetings on Capitol Hill. Prince Khalid bin Salman’s return Wednesday, which was confirmed by a Saudi-embassy spokesperson, came a little more than a month after he quietly left the...

Decoding the Dance of Power: How Leaders Met MBS at the G20

November 30, 2018 The big question ahead of the G20 summit in Argentina was how world leaders would greet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid the fallout over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. We now have the answer: He was embraced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently admonished by French President Emmanuel...

Will Nikki Haley Be The Last Trump Official Who Stands Up to Russia?

November 26, 2018 Nikki Haley’s forceful criticism Monday of Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian vessels off the coast of Crimea puts the U.S. envoy to the United Nations in a familiar position: She is the Trump administration’s most strident and often solitary critic of Moscow’s actions. Her expected departure from the position at...

Analysis: How to Fix the Broken U.S. Immigration System

November 20, 2018 President Donald Trump says that the U.S. immigration system is broken, and in recent days he has railed against what he says is an “invasion” by Central American migrants making their way to the United States. Along with a regular diet of tweets to that effect, he has accelerated the...

Here’s How Iran Will Try to Evade US Sanctions

November 5, 2018 Front companies, barter deals, oil transfers on the high seas: These are just some of the methods that Iran could employ to keep its economy limping on after American sanctions targeting the country’s oil industry went into effect at midnight on Monday. Iran has plenty of experience here, having already...