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Latest Work

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Trump, Bolton in Tug of War for Command of Foreign Policy

The only upside to Bolton’s dangerous aggression toward Iran is that it may put him too far out in front of Trump.
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The Rising Tide of the Populist Right

The rise of the populist right is like climate change — a profound transformation of the political landscape, not just a temporary oscillation in the political temperature.
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The Global Game of Thrones

At a time of declining faith in democracy, the institution of royalty is looking surprisingly resilient.
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A Farewell to Arms Control?

With Trump and Bolton at the helm, the international arms control regime is effectively dead. But could that spark a new movement for disarmament?
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What’s Behind Bolton’s Attacks on the ‘Troika of Tyranny’?

Bolton’s ire for Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela is real. But they're just a precursor to who he really perceives as the “troika of tyranny,” Russia, China, and North Korea.
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Mueller Can’t Unrig the System, but Movements Can

Leading Democrats treated Russia as Trump’s worst crime, even sprinkling in some neo-Cold War rhetoric, while dismissing movements doing the real work of resistance.
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The Dictator and the Nihilist

Perhaps the departure of Bashir and Assange will signal a new wave of accountability that will eventually reach the shores of the United States in time to drain the swamp in 2020.
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Progressive Leaders Unite to Denounce Trump's Attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar

We—the undersigned—stand in solidarity with Representative Ilhan Omar and firmly against the rise of Islamophobic attacks and attempts to divide us as a people.
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World Gives America One Year to Stop Trump or Face Sanctions

[Satire] UN: “We recommend that Americans sentence all top-ranking officials of the Trump administration to a decade of picking up trash along America’s highways.”
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The Widening Rift Between the U.S. and China

Worsening relations between the two largest economies in the world could lead to disaster.
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Ayatollah Trump: The Global Rise of the Christian Right

Islamic extremism gets all the press, but Trump is just one of a growing number of Christian extremists in positions of political power.
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Mueller, Russiagate, and the 2020 Elections

The only true magic bullet in this case is the collective determination of all Americans who still believe in decency and democracy.
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After Trump

Centrist liberalism is dead, and Trump is a disaster. But progressives can use what he’s done to remake America and its place in the world.
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The World’s Most Dangerous Divide

If nuclear war comes, it will happen because of a calculation or miscalculation by India or Pakistan.
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Trump’s Bromance with Kim Is Gross, But Let the Love Letters Continue

Despite the failed summit, relations between the U.S. and North Korea are much better than they were 18 months ago.
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Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal

Critics dismiss it as a dream. But that’s precisely what it is. It’s visionary.
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The Psychology of the Wall

Walls are cropping up all over the world. But as with guns, the sense of safety and security that comes from a wall is almost entirely illusory.
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Trump's at War with U.S. Intelligence — For Once, He's Right

Wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and North Korea have been costly and achieved little. It makes sense to cut losses and get out.
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Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro

The left has a proud tradition of both democracy and anti-imperialism. It’s critical to keep both traditions in mind when addressing the current crisis in Venezuela.
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Deal or No Deal: Britain’s Fearful Future

The case for a second Brexit vote.

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In the News

America First

94.1 KPFA | April 7, 2019

His View: Iran vs. North Korea: Obama got a better deal

Moscow-Pullman Daily News | July 19, 2018

Will North Korea and the US Find Trust?

Sputnik News | May 4, 2018

Najib Razak: A Kleptocrat Skilled at the Game

Asia Sentinel | April 6, 2018

US Soldiers "Waging Peace" in Exhbition

Vietnam News | March 19, 2018

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

The Real News Network | February 18, 2018

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

The Real News | February 17, 2018

No nation-building in Afghanistan? Easier said than done, experts say

The Greenfield (MA) Recorder | August 22, 2017

What If Summer Came To Westeros?

Tom Dispatch | July 18, 2017

Trump To Duterte: ‘You’re Just Like Me’

The Huffington Post | June 1, 2017