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Did the Trump Administration Warn Jamal Khashoggi He Was in Danger?

In September 2017, in his first column for the Washington Post, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi described the repression in his home country as “unbearable” and called out Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for creating an environment of “fear” and “intimidation.” A year later, Khashoggi was murdered by a Saudi hit squad.

Foreign Policy Essay

The Dangers of a Loyalist Director of National Intelligence

Editor’s Note: The acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, distanced himself from the Trump administration’s rhetoric during congressional testimony this past week as he defended the actions of the whistleblower who filed a complaint regarding President Donald Trump’s communications with the Ukrainian government. His predecessor, former Senator Dan Coats, also proved to be professional and unbiased director of national intelligence.

Immigration

Supreme Court Stays Asylum Injunction: Signal on the Merits or Procedural Snag?

On Sept. 11, the Supreme Court stayed a preliminary injunction imposed by Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the third country asylum rule recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The rule would bar foreign nationals who cross the U.S.-Mexico border from receipt of U.S. asylum when they transit through a third country without applying for protection in that country.

New START

Bringing Russia’s New Nuclear Weapons Into New START

The last treaty that limits the United States’s and Russia’s nuclear weapons, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), will expire in February 2021 unless both states agree to its extension. Opponents of extension, including some U.S. officials, have argued against extending the treaty by citing Russia’s new, developmental strategic weapons, which they claim will not be covered by the treaty. Yet the reality is more complex.

Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

The Potential Trouble With Nominating a DNI From Trump’s Central Casting

The nomination-by-tweet of Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas as director of national intelligence (DNI) to replace outgoing DNI Dan Coats has drawn rapid and harsh condemnation from many political observers and even former intelligence officers for his apparent partisanship and lack of experience.

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