FROM Mark Mardell
General McChrystal Delivers Afghanistan Strategy Report Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he hasn't seen it yet, but it's reported that General Stanley McChrystal has assessed the situation in Afghanistan as "serious," but he says "success is achievable." The assessment by President Obama's commanding general in Afghanistan could result in decisions about how many troops will be needed to achieve US goals in that country. First to reveal McChrystal's thinking was the BBC . Mark Mardell is North America editor.
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."