Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting “inherently unpredictable” systems. It is also an apt description of the study of the Trump presidency. Those closest to the president say he thrives on chaos, relishes tumult, and takes perverse pleasure in stirring up conflict among advisers and associates. The president is energized by noise. While this style of management may have served him as a businessman, it has limited his ability to lead and govern effectively. President Trump’s unpredictability has plagued members of Congress, his staff, and the public. His indecisiveness is his weakness. His ability to be easily swayed on consequential matters, including immigration, by young, unseasoned aides… Read More

President Trump’s dismissal of nations and continents peopled by those who don’t share his skin tone is frightening. Equally disturbing is his ignorance of history, his inability to think strategically, and his incomprehensible approach to international relations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his assessment of Africa. Before last week, most Africans viewed American democracy as sacrosanct. With the president’s profane words and evident disdain for people of color, he has squandered decades of diplomatic efforts in Africa which have resulted in partnerships beneficial to both its countries and ours. The strategic importance of Africa cannot be underestimated. The continent is so vital to our interests that, over a… Read More

Diplomacy is not a transactional affair. This seems lost on self-proclaimed Middle East expert and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. The ever-increasing number of questionable business entanglements between Kushner’s family and Israeli companies, individuals, and government ministers is troubling given his directive to honestly broker an equitable peace agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. That and his lack of experience in government, politics, or international relations. On the eve of his inauguration, Mr. Trump told supporters if Jared “can’t produce peace in the Middle East, no one can,” and that he thought Jared was going to do “a great job.” Yet Jared’s only prior job experience came after… Read More

Americans who lived through the Cold War were taught that the Soviet Union was not our friend. They possessed weapons that could obliterate us with “the push of a button,” as President Trump would say. They were the scourge of democracy who ensnared Eastern Europe in an Iron Curtain. They brought the United States to the brink of nuclear war during 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. They were, in the words of former President Ronald Reagan, “the Evil Empire.” So, why is it that in the past year, Russia – the Soviet Union’s successor nation – has suddenly become our new best friend? How is it that a former KGB spymaster… Read More