The U.S. attack against the top Iranian general will have far greater repercussions than the killings of al-Qaeda and ISIS leaders.
Uri FriedmanRead @kgilsinan and @mike_giglio on why we've just witnessed the most consequential US strike this century: "Unlike bin Laden or Baghdadi, Soleimani had the power and resources of an entire state at his back"
A 2004 National Intelligence Council report was eerily prescient in some ways, and totally off in others.
Uri Friedman15 years ago, US intelligence imagined what the world would look like by 2020. Read the forecasts - an 'America Firster' movement, US alliances unraveling, the declaration of a caliphate - and you realize today's world isn't as unpredictable as it may seem
One of the downsides of highly personalized diplomacy is that when the person in question is debilitated, the diplomacy suffers.
Uri FriedmanThe North Koreans may be thinking impeachment will make Trump desperate for a deal. But another possibility to consider: They conclude there's no use doing a deal with a vulnerable president & refine their nuclear program while US is politically paralyzed
Protests there have demonstrated the enduring appeal of American values and power. But can Washington live up to that promise?
Uri FriedmanThe Chinese Communist Party considers Hong Kong “the front line of its battle against Western liberal democracies,” @marcorubio tells @TheAtlantic. "The fact that we can’t ultimately control the outcome entirely should not prevent us from doing something."
“I had no choice but to leave,” General James Mattis says of his decision to resign as President Trump’s secretary of defense.
Uri FriedmanAfter repeatedly refraining from commenting on Trump, Mattis engages when @JeffreyGoldberg reads him Trump's tweet downplaying North Korea's weapons tests and applauding Kim's tirade against Biden. Mattis calls this "beneath the dignity of the presidency”