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What is the INF treaty? – The Economist explains

American plans to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty bring back cold-war era fears THE MORNING before signing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 1987, Ronald Reagan, then president of America, gifted his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachev, a pair of cufflinks. They showed the forging of ploughshares …

Trump loves a strongman, so of course he fawns over Hungary’s Viktor Orban – The Washington Post

How Washington pivoted from finger-wagging to appeasement. Two important American visitors showed up in Budapest on Wednesday. One was Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House adviser who is an admirer of Hungary’s strongman, Viktor Orban; he addressed a conference on “Europe’s Future ” organized by Mária Schmidt, an Orban counselor with Bannon-esque …

Quote of the Day: American Allies React: ‘The Whole World Should Be Concerned’ – The New York Times

“People are trying to avoid appearing terrified, but people are deeply concerned.” ~TONG ZHAO, a nuclear policy expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, on the apprehension of American allies in Asia about the appointment of John R. Bolton as President Trump’s national security adviser. Source: Quotation …

The new ambassador to The Hague might be Dutch American, but he’s not like anyone the Dutch ever met – The Washington Post

THE HAGUE — When President Trump picked Peter Hoekstra to be his ambassador to the Netherlands, he was inadvertently setting up an experiment: Would an exponent of the U.S. leader’s own devil-may-care approach to accuracy flourish outside the hothouse environment back home? Early results suggest that exporting Trump’s style could be …