Trump, Putin and the new Cold War

The Germans’ theory, increasingly shared by most serious Western analysts, was that Putin wants to “go back to the good old days,” as the official put it. In his first few years in power, Putin had concentrated on restoring the Russian state inside its borders, but in recent years the one-time KGB operative who has…

Donald Trump is a dangerously weak president

Donald Trump is a weak president. He remains a weak president after the passage of tax reform, despite what some in the media are describing as a presidential “victory.” Political scientists generally measure a president’s power according to his ability to influence public policy outcomes compared to past presidents or contemporary actors, like Congress. A…