In a new Brookings Foreign Policy Essay, Constanze Stelzenmüller reflects on the toppling of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago and the lessons that were in store for her, for her fellow Germans, for Europe, and for the world.
Susan GlasserMust read for today, a brilliant @ConStelz essay on a great day 30 years ago when the Wall fell down, and what it means now in a world of walls going up.
Robert Livingston, the former congressman turned lobbyist, repeatedly contacted a White House official to criticize Marie L. Yovanovitch.
Susan GlasserBob Livingston memorably quit as GOP House speaker morning of Clinton impeachment, admitting his own extramarital affair. Now he's showing up in subplot of Trump Ukraine affair, demanding ouster of US ambassador to Ukraine, no one knows who was paying him
Susan B. Glasser on Donald Trump’s tweet calling his political opponents “human scum,” the fate of the Never Trumpers within the Republican Party, and the sense in Washington that the President and his allies are freaking out over impeachment.
Susan Glasser"Human scum" is quite simply the language of tyrants and those who aspire to be tyrants. Hitler called his enemies human scum, and so did Stalin. So did Jair Bolsonaro, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un. And Donald Trump.
Susan GlasserIs this the week that Washington (kinda, sorta, maybe) decided Trump could conceivably get convicted by the Senate?
Two American diplomats drafted a statement for Ukraine’s new leader that would have committed him publicly to the inquiries Mr. Trump has been seeking into political rivals.
Susan Glasser'I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign,' Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador in Ukraine, said in the text. Another witness for Congress to call.
Wilbur L. Ross Jr. made the threat after the agency’s Alabama office contradicted the president’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit the state.
Susan GlasserYup, the Commerce Secretary threatened to fire leaders of a scientific agency for daring to tell the truth about a WEATHER forecast, because President Trump was wrong about it. It's like an old Soviet joke, except in 2019 America.
Despite fashioning himself as a tsar, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deep insecurity defines his political decisions.
Susan GlasserMy piece on Vladimir Putin, Brezhnevian stagnation, and why we shouldn’t misoverestimate him is out in new @ForeignAffairs. Written before the wave of protests, which underscore the perils of late-stage Putinism>>>
The special counsel’s congressional testimony was tough to watch, for many reasons.
Susan GlasserConcerns about Mueller’s performance are not mere theatre criticism. He was unable to defend his report and its findings beyond referring to the text, over and over again. He needed to explain in clear terms the conclusions he reached and why. He didn’t.