North Korea

After Historic Walk into North Korea, Trump Must Continue Sanctions
After Historic Walk into North Korea, Trump Must Continue Sanctions

When we see those striking images of President Trump standing beside Kim Jong-un, we are not looking at a great American achievement. We are looking at a concession.

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Trump, Mueller, and the Glorious Hassle of Justice

Against the backdrop of a watching world, the United States is in the midst of an intense period of self-inflicted…

Trump, Kim, and the Challenge of Peace
Trump, Kim, and the Challenge of Peace

While many are hopeful about the current back and forth between Trump and Kim, the history of US-North Korea relations gives little cause for hope.

Legitimate Authority & Just War
Legitimate Authority and Just War

Just war theorists should agree that war must be waged according to the rule of law if it is to be considered an exercise of “legitimate authority.” The American system, with its marbling of war powers between the executive and legislative branches, usually requires authorization based on the deliberative consent of the popular will expressed through the people’s representatives in Congress.

What Does Trump’s State of the Union Mean for Foreign Policy?
What Does Trump’s State of the Union Mean for Foreign Policy?

Promising that America will never apologize for advancing its national interest, Trump used national security arguments more for his domestic goals than international agenda.

Withdrawal Symptoms: Part 2 of the Decline of Democracy Series
Withdrawal Symptoms: Part 2 of the Decline of Democracy Series

When it comes to democracy promotion, it seems the Obama-Trump era is the aberration.

Freedom of Religion and the Christian Ethics of the Nation-State
Freedom of Religion and the Christian Ethics of the Nation-State

A socially responsible Christian ethic understands that the ordinance of the nation-state—even in a fallen world—calls for prophetic scrutiny in hopes that it would be brought back in alignment with civic and moral righteousness.

Trump’s Foreign Policy and the Sowing of Illiberal Disorder

A disruptive foreign policy, such as the Trump Administration’s, is not necessarily disordering, and may even be warranted, especially when the status quo is unstable or unjust.  But to be justified morally, it must be creatively destructive, replacing the old order with a new one.

Trump Foreign Policy: Almost as Bad as I Feared
Paul Miller on Trump and the Fearful Decline of the International Order

We were mostly right about his hateful rhetoric, fundamental dishonesty, trade wars, admiration for foreign dictators, and wild inconsistency. But we overestimated Trump’s competence and work ethic. His ability to bring material harm to the United States has been limited by how little he works and how little he knows about the presidency.