FROM Matthew Bunn
Will the Nuclear Summit Make Us Safer? Nobody knows how likely it is that some terrorist group could set off a nuclear weapon, but the consequences are so catastrophic that even a small chance justifies urgent action to reduce the risk. That was the idea behind President Obama's nuclear summit .
After the Nuclear Summit, What Happens Now? Nobody knows how likely it is that some terrorist group could set off a nuclear weapon. But the consequences are so catastrophic that even a small chance justifies urgent action to reduce the risk. That was the idea behind President Obama's nuclear summit . Ukraine, Mexico, Chile, Kazakhstan, Vietnam and Canada have agreed to dispose of highly enriched uranium that might be made into bombs. But those and other commitments at the summit were voluntary, and "locking down" nuclear materials will be easier said than done. Even supporters call the 47-nation meeting a "first step." Opponents say it did nothing to put the brakes on Iran, which will hold its own conference this coming weekend. Others ask if nuclear terrorism is exaggerated in the first place.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?