With the threat (or realisation) of a budget negotiation-related government shutdown becoming an almost annual spectacle in Washington, it is no small miracle that the Department of Defense is able to maintain the world’s premier armed forces with such fiscal uncertainty.
The Trump administration appears eager to change its position frequently, keeping both friends and adversaries on their toes. The snag is that, at least for the moment, allies are more rattled than potential enemies.
The US has long overvalued the military and undervalued the State Department, but President Donald Trump’s winnowing of the diplomatic corps is extreme, and it comes at a time when diplomats are needed more than ever.
North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test shows that it is determined to create an effective nuclear deterrent. But what is the likelihood of a single North Korean warhead successfully hitting a target in the US?
In this event, Richard Nephew, former Director for Iran on the National Security Staff, and Michael Lyons, Senior Associate at Clifford Chance, will examine the challenges faced in the US and in the...