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Uri Friedman

Uri Friedman

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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.
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.
Defense

Viewpoint: The Writing Was on the Wall With Afghanistan

The latest bout of bloodshed may have played some role in the actions Trump just took, but it is also a convenient out for an administration that had gone all in on a floundering initiative.

Defense

The Ambassador From a Government That Doesn't Exist Yet

Carlos Vecchio and the Venezuelan opposition are betting on the Trump administration to help bring Nicolás Maduro’s reign to an end.

Defense

The U.S. and North Korea Are Back to Talking Tough

Pyongyang’s latest threats don’t necessarily mean diplomacy is dead. But they are a sign of just how deadlocked nuclear talks have become.

Defense

After Raising the Stakes for North Korea Summit, Trump Walks Away

It seemed history was about to be made. Then the second meeting between the U.S. and North Korean leaders concluded abruptly.

Defense

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

The Trump administration’s concerted diplomatic effort did not originate on Twitter.

Defense

Meet the New (Acting) Defense Secretary

With no military experience and just a year and a half in government, the former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan has yet to develop a foreign-policy vision of his own.

Management

Trump Chooses a Loyal Foot Soldier for the UN

Heather Nauert, currently the State Department’s chief spokesperson, is not known for challenging her superiors.

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Nikki Haley is Emerging From the Trump Administration Unscathed

In an interview with The Atlantic, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the UN made the case for a values-driven foreign policy, and acknowledged daylight between her and the president.

Oversight

Trump Repeatedly Threatens Retaliation Against Russia Investigators

Congressman Adam Schiff has plans to probe several uncomfortable subjects for the Trump administration, and the president is ready to fight.

Defense

Mike Pompeo’s Worldview? Do As Trump Does.

Pompeo has responded to the Khashoggi affair in lockstep with Trump.

Management

Why Nikki Haley’s Departure Shocked Washington

Trump’s UN ambassador wasn’t always in lockstep with the president, even as she tried to present a united front.

Defense

Trump Calls Out Election Meddling—By China

In remarks at the UN Security Council, the U.S. president recommitted to a mounting great-power rivalry.

Defense

Donald Trump Is Falling in Love With Summits

In offering to meet with Iran’s leader, the president sticks to what’s becoming a familiar pattern.

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The Meaning of North Korea’s Remains Transfer

The Korean War never officially ended. But its participants are now chipping away at the last sources of hostility.

Defense

The White House Quietly Corrects Its Putin Transcript

After more than a week of questions, the presidential record reflects that Putin admitted to wanting Trump to win.

Defense

The White House Transcript Is Missing the Most Explosive Part of the Trump–Putin Press Conference

It’s not clear whether the omission was intended, but the meaning of a key exchange is dramatically altered as a result.

Oversight

Trump Blames Bad Relations With Russia on Everything but Russia

In Helsinki, the president preferred to pin the problem on “many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity.”

Defense

Is the North Korea Summit Back On?

If Trump salvages a summit that looked dead only a week ago, it will be because he has overturned the traditional diplomatic process with North Korea.

Defense

Donald Trump’s Letter to Kim Jong Un

The president sent a terse note to North Korea’s leader, citing “the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement.”