Eli Lake



May 24, 2019
Bypassing Congress was a risky play. Trump and Pompeo will need senators next month to confirm a slate of nominees for ambassador and other posts. How likely will they be to cooperate if they feel their foreign policy concerns have been ignored?


May 22, 2019
The key task now is for President Donald Trump and his administration to stick with the Huawei ban, no matter what happens in trade talks.


May 17, 2019
As tensions rise, so does the risk of miscalculation. And while the older generation of Iranian officers remembers when the U.S. sunk its navy, says Michael Rubin, an Iran expert at the American Enterprise Institute, the younger generation "knows only American weakness."


May 15, 2019
There is ample evidence that Iran responds to pressure and threats. So a non-binding congressional resolution warning Khamenei not to escalate against U.S. forces or allies in the region might serve as a useful deterrent.


May 13, 2019
It matters that Trump and his top advisers have said publicly that all options remain on the table for Venezuela. It’s yet another reason to be skeptical that the Russian playbook will succeed in Venezuela as it did in Syria.


May 9, 2019
There are two ways to view Wednesday’s threats from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to abandon the 2015 nuclear bargain with his country.


May 8, 2019
A Turkey without Erdogan would present challenges for U.S. foreign policy. But the main irritant in the relationship will be gone. The U.S. does not have to intervene in Turkish politics. It only needs to listen to what millions of Turkish citizens are now saying.


May 6, 2019
The regime in Iran has huffed and puffed about countermeasures ever since Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal a year ago. So far, it has continued to abide by the terms of that agreement.

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