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How China Could Strike Back at Donald Trump over Taiwan: Unleash North Korea

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to take a brief congratulatory phone call from Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen is turning into one of those unprecedented diplomatic developments where the aftermath proves to be more significant than the actual event. Just as President Obama took a chance by talking with an Iranian president directly for the first time since 1979, Trump’s communication with the leader of Taiwan is historic not because of what the two talked about, but rather for the fact that it happened at all.

Trump's Team Should Ditch the 'Clash of Civilizations'

If there is one common thread that connects President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign-policy appointments, it is the belief that the United States is engaged in a civilizational war against “radical Islamic terrorism.” Indeed, while Trump himself—with his ambivalence towards books—may not even know it, the incoming administration seems to have fully embraced the ideas of Samuel Huntington, not only on the clash of civilizations, but on American decline, the idea of a West encircled by enemies, a

Donald Trump Should Embrace the Economic Benefits of Peace

President-elect Donald Trump appears focused on domestic policy. He wants to rebuild infrastructure, cut taxes, reduce imports, save jobs, streamline regulation and more. While he seems to have strong views on international issues, he seems to lack “nuance.” He won’t be able to escape foreign controversies, but he could avoid creating his own.

He should follow one overriding principle: stay out of war.

How to Keep Iraq's Unruly Militias Under Control

The military capability and reach of Islamic State has deteriorated so much over the past year that the Iraqi government will now need to think long and hard about the day after. Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his ministers in Baghdad have focused most of their resources and attention on the immediate priorities of pushing Islamic State out of Mosul, consolidating the gains made by the Iraqi security forces, and preparing the international community with the immense financial burden that will be required to reconstruct the country once the war is over.

What Was the Goal of Trump's Call with Taiwan?

President-elect Donald Trump has received phone calls from numerous foreign leaders in the weeks since his upset election win, but none has attracted as much attention as the call from Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. It was the first time since the United States transferred diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979 that there has been any formal contact between the leaders of Taiwan and the United States.