08 Apr 2020

U.S. to Block Iran’s Request to IMF for $5 Billion Loan to Fight Coronavirus

The US has stated that it plans to block Iran’s request for $5 billion in emergency aid from the International Monetary Fund. Iran has requested the aid as it continues to fight the COVID-19 virus as the country has been the hardest-hit in the Middle East. However, senior officials in

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05 Mar 2020

U.S.-Taliban Deal Comes Under Pressure Amid Military Action

After a resurgence of violence and diplomatic tension between Washington and Kabul, the Trump administration is facing problems trying to uphold a landmark agreement with the Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday, declined to meet with Trump’s special envoy that arrived in Kabul in an attempt to salvage an agreement.

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20 Nov 2018

Trump administration to put Venezuela on state sponsors of terror list

“The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to escalate its campaign to isolate and pressure the regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela by adding the government to the US’s state sponsors of terror list, according to The Washington Post. Countries on the list have been found by the US secretary of

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16 Nov 2018

Trump administration greenlights $324M border wall in Arizona

“The Arizona border will have 32 miles of existing wall replaced starting next April. The $324 million project has been given the green light by federal immigration officials, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday. The project will switch out an old barrier that runs from the Border Patrol’s Tucson

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01 Oct 2018

To Whom Does Trump’s Arms Exports Policy Give Leverage? Debunking Key Arms Exports Assumptions

A War on the Rocks analysis examines the assumptions and traditional reasoning behind U.S. arms exports market (specifically the Trump Administration’s new Conventional Arms Transfer policy), that is typically seen as strengthening the U.S. economy, security, and providing it with influence on clients/allies. The analysis examines how Trump’s emphasis on

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13 Sep 2018

Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections

President Trump has signed an executive order for sanctions on foreign entities or individuals who interfere in U.S. elections. The order includes infrastructure, but also the distribution of propaganda and disinformation, according to national security advisor John Bolton. The sanctions will be recommended by the Treasury and State departments after

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11 Sep 2018

North Korean leader sends Trump a letter suggesting another meeting

President Trump has received a letter from North Korean President Kim Jong Un inviting another meeting between the two leaders. Coming only a few days after a major military parade in North Korea was notably absent of ballistic missiles, the letter helps to provide light indicators of progress in ongoing

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10 Sep 2018

Trump Administration Discussed Coup Plans With Rebel Venezuelan Officers

The Trump administration met with a number of military officers planning coup options in the country, according to the New York Times. The U.S. has a difficult history of covert operations in Latin America and the administration ultimately decided against supporting the efforts, which have since stalled with many plotters

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25 Jul 2018

White House suspends practice of publishing summaries or transcriptions of Trump meetings with foreign leaders

Ending a common practice by both Republican and Democratic administrations, the White House announced the indefinite suspension of their practice of publishing publicly-available summaries of presidential meetings (phone calls, summits, etc.) with foreign leaders. The “readouts” served as the only formal acknowledgement of phone calls between leaders, but have not

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