[Subscription Required] As President Trump meets Kim Jong Un in Hanoi for a second summit in as many years, he is leading a revolution in U.S. policy toward North Korea. While hanging on to the diplomatic fig leaf of Pyongyang’s permanent, irreversible denuclearization, Mr. Trump appears to have come to terms with North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Instead of denuclearization, the White House is pursuing the de facto normalization of relations so as to reduce the potential of a military conflict. The president is betting that his new strategy will make America safer. It also runs the risk of undermining the U.S. position in Asia.
Student achievement varies widely across developed countries, but the source of these differences is not well understood. One obvious candidate, and a major focus of research and policy discussions both in the United States and abroad, is teacher quality.
The use of history to think about the present and the future is always difficult for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most important difficulty is that to use it successfully one has to have read deeply and widely in it, and even then, its potential lessons are ambiguous and uncertain.
John Yoo, professor of law at UC Berkeley, has published the thorough treatise, “The Law Will Be on Trump’s Side If He Declares an Emergency to Fund His Wall,” this month in the National Review. Pursuing Yoo’s argument to the end suggests the U.S. Supreme Court’s final decision will rest with Chief Justice John Roberts.
Five remarkable Americans spoke about principles and politics last week at Hillsdale College’s National Leadership Seminar in Costa Mesa to an estimated 200 persons in attendance over two days (Feb. 20-21). They were Andrew Roberts, a biographer of Winston Churchill; Peter Schweizer, author of several books on political corruption; Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn, speaking on American Principles and Public Policy; Christopher Bedford, speaking on Trump and the Media; and Shelby Steele, speaking on the Current State of Race Relations.
Tracing the rise of populist nationalism worldwide to the diminution of the community at a time of heightened economic worries, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan says that liberal "open-acess" values are under threat in India from the Hindu nationalist movement which taps into people's desire to anchor themselves to tradition in a context of rapid change.