Trump’s Empty Chair on Climate Change

There was a climate change meeting on Monday, August 26, 2019, at the G-7 summit. Trump did not show. Instead other administration members went, supposedly. All the other leaders were there and went on without the American president. Trump’s actions once again left the U.S. increasingly isolated on the world stage, distanced even from its

All for One: Two Years of Trump’s Foreign Policy

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While there is political disagreement over how to express and achieve the foreign policy goals of the United States, there is general agreement over what they are. For example, maintaining the American hegemony is generally seen as good for the stability of the international system. America achieves this through diplomacy, military power, intelligence operations, economic

Roundtable – One Crazy Week

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on March 18, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, where Torchlight staff discuss the news and events of the past week. We’d love to

Roundtable – The Paris Accords

The Roundtable is a conversation about the news among Torchlight’s writers and editors. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity. The conversation happened June 4. Tom Rich Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s weekly discussion of news and events. With us this week are Senior Managing Editor Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Junior Managing Editor David Schmitz,

NATO Doesn’t Exist to Win Wars; It Exists to Prevent Them

My personal Memorial Day tradition is fairly low-key. There’s a small veterans’ memorial in my town, and it happens to be on a route that I walk regularly, so when I pass by it on Memorial Day I take a few minutes to pause, read over some of the names engraved on the stones, and

Roundtable – Syria, North Korea, and Trump’s Militarism

Tom Rich Welcome to the Torchlight Roundtable, where we hash out the week’s news. This week’s topic is the conflict in Syria: the background, last week’s chemical weapon attack and President Trump’s response to it, and what, if anything, might be done going forward. I’m Editor-in-Chief Tom Rich, and with us today are Senior Managing