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”
A nation that itself broke free from colonial control has, under Trump, struggled to come up with a clear, consistent position on a massive demonstration from people in Hong Kong chafing at Chinese rule.
The national security adviser was conspicuously absent from North Korea during the historic concession to Kim Jong Un.
Uri FriedmanWhen @gcaw writes about John Bolton, Tucker Carlson, and North Korea, you don't want to miss it: "To have both the Tapeworm and Fox News’s bow-tied anthelmintic in the same entourage would have been too much. One of them had to go."
The relationship has survived for seven decades. A Democratic president could change that.
Uri FriedmanA Saudi official responds to the unfolding revolt in Congress against Saudi Arabia. “Our leadership is a red line, with all due respect to US lawmakers, but the succession in the kingdom is strictly a domestic affair," the official tells @yarabayoumy & me