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Ukraine President Likely To Face Tough Challenge Selling Peace Deal

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia VOA News
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will face an uphill battle selling a peace deal he approved midweek with Russia and pro-Moscow separatists in Donbas, which would see two breakaway republics become self-governing, although still part of Ukraine, say analysts.
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A Breakdown In U.S.-China Relations Would Damage Both Sides

quoting Michael McFaulvia Stanford Business
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
If the tariff dispute between the United States and China continues, U.S. businesses and consumers could suffer, warned top business leaders at the Stanford China Economic Forum on Monday.
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Here’s What A Presidential Phone Call With A Foreign Leader Looks Like In A Normal White House

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Monday, September 30, 2019

The publication of the rough transcript of the phone call — known as a “Memorandum of Telephone Conversation,” or TelCon for short — between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky inspires nostalgic memories for me. I used to participate in similar calls for President Barack Obama during my days at the National Security Council. Between the 2008 election and my departure for Moscow in 2012 to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Russia, I arranged, prepped and listened to dozens of such calls. Yet in terms of logistics and tenor, the infamous Trump-Zelensky call appears to be unlike the calls I worked on between Obama and other world leaders.

While The U.S. Snoozes, Putin And Xi Are Having A Bromance And Flexing Their Global Muscle | Opinion

by Markos Kounalakis
Thursday, September 26, 2019

America is looking inward, resembling a sullen, sometimes confused navel-gazing couch-potato. It’s tired of going outside and bored with the world.

In the News

President Trump’s Ukraine Call And The Dangers Of Personal Diplomacy

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Washington Post
Thursday, September 26, 2019
President Trump’s comments in a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July have prompted the House of Representatives to launch an impeachment inquiry.
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The Libertarian: Impeachment And Trump’s Ukrainian Transcript

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Do the allegations of President Trump pressuring Ukraine’s government provide legitimate grounds for impeachment?

Analysis and Commentary

Lanhee Chen: A Solid Choice For A Critical Post

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Monday, September 23, 2019

President Trump has picked Robert O’Brien to serve as his National Security Adviser, and he couldn’t have made a better choice for such an important job.

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Another Norm-Breaking Piece Of Activity From Trump, Says Hoover Institution’s Lanhee Chen

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses President Trump’s phone call involving the Ukraine leader and how this could impact the 2020 election.

Analysis and Commentary

Cass Sunstein's Critique Of Samantha Power

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, September 21, 2019

For those who don’t know, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, whose book Simpler I reviewed [scroll down about 80 percent] a few years ago and whose book The Cost-Benefit Revolution I reviewed [scroll down about halfway] earlier this year, is married to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

Analysis and Commentary

China’s Threat To Democracies Around The World

interview with Larry Diamondvia Democracy Works
Friday, September 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond talks about the threat China’s model of authoritarian capitalism poses to liberal democracies in the United States and around the world.

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