FROM Daniel Pinkston
Release of Funds Moves North Korea on Nuclear Shutdown Some $25 million is on its way from New York to Russia and finally to North Korea, which has refused to begin decommissioning its Yongbyon nuclear reactor until it gets the money. Does that mean the crisis over nuclear weapons is about to be resolved? Daniel Pinkston is Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies .
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.