Middlebury Institute of International Studies
FROM Jeffrey Lewis
What is the actual nuclear launch protocol? One now-cliche question American voters have heard in this and previous presidential elections: “Who would you trust with the nuclear codes?” Donald Trump has been on the defensive recently about this question from his rival Hillary Clinton. Even members of his own party, like MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, as well as fifty GOP national security officials, have expressed concern over Trump having access to the nuclear arsenal. Trump and his campaign have denied this is an issue. But how does the decision making process to deploy nuclear weapons really go down?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?