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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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South Korea Becomes a Testing Ground for Trump’s Grievances With Allies

February 8, 2019 President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam for more nuclear talks wasn’t the only big news for the Korean peninsula this week. Quietly, with none of the pomp of the State of the Union address, U.S. and South Korean negotiators reached...

The White House’s Move on Venezuela Is the Least Trumpian Thing It’s Done

January 28, 2019 It didn’t begin with a tweet. Donald Trump’s decision this week to recognize Venezuela’s opposition leader as the nation’s legitimate president is surprising on many levels. But one of them is that it didn’t arrive as a bolt from the president’s blue-checkmarked Twitter account. No delicate diplomacy with a nuclear-armed...

The White House’s Move on Venezuela Is the Least Trumpian Thing It’s Done

January 27, 2019 It didn’t begin with a tweet. Donald Trump’s decision this week to recognize Venezuela’s opposition leader as the nation’s legitimate president is surprising on many levels. But one of them is that it didn’t arrive as a bolt from the president’s blue-checkmarked Twitter account. No delicate diplomacy with a nuclear-armed...

America, Meet Your (Acting) Secretary of Defense

January 2, 2019 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It hasn’t received much attention, what with Donald Trump suddenly declaring victory against isis, ordering U.S. troops out of Syria, and provoking James Mattis to resign in protest. But the man who is now the president’s principal adviser on the nation’s defense, tasked with leading the largest employer in the...

Meet the New (Acting) Defense Secretary

January 2, 2019 It hasn’t received much attention, what with Donald Trump suddenly declaring victory against ISIS, ordering U.S. troops out of Syria, and provoking James Mattis to resign in protest. But the man who is now the president’s principal adviser on the nation’s defense, tasked with leading the largest employer in the...

Meet the New (Acting) US Defense Secretary

January 1, 2019 It hasn’t received much attention, what with Donald Trump suddenly declaring victory against ISIS, ordering U.S. troops out of Syria, and provoking James Mattis to resign in protest. But the man who is now the president’s principal adviser on the nation’s defense, tasked with leading the largest employer in the...

The World in 2019: Trump’s Luck, Cold Wars, and Trouble in the Americas

December 17, 2018 By this point in his presidency, George H. W. Bush was preparing for battle with Iraq, Bill Clinton had begun bombing Serb targets in the former Yugoslavia, George W. Bush had invaded Afghanistan, and Barack Obama was about to encounter the Arab Spring. Donald Trump, by contrast, has been lucky....

Trump Chooses a Loyal Foot Soldier for the UN

December 7, 2018 Nikki Haley accepted the job of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations when, as she tells it, Donald Trump assured her that she wouldn’t have to be a “talking head.” Now the president plans to replace her with a woman once described as “the new face of the talking head,”...

Trump Taps Loyalist Fox News Veteran as UN Ambassador

December 7, 2018 Nikki Haley accepted the job of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations when, as she tells it, Donald Trump assured her that she wouldn’t have to be a “talking head.” Now the president plans to replace her with a woman once described as “the new face of the talking head,”...

Nikki Haley Touts Values-Based Foreign Policy, Showing Daylight with Trump

December 7, 2018 Who, exactly, is Nikki Haley? With just weeks left in her role as the ambassador to the United Nations, I wanted to ask her one of the big questions naturally prompted by her departure: Does she share Donald Trump’s iconoclastic, transactional, über-nationalist vision of America’s role in the world? “I...