One of the hardest fought battles against the so-called Islamic State in the last year was far from Iraq and Syria—where the group saw its stronghold toppled and was forced to revert from a proto-terror state back into a terror-insurgency.
Relations between the United States and Pakistan are bad and trending worse. There have always been tensions between Washington and Islamabad over counterterrorism intentions and capabilities, with the U.S.
The world’s largest economy appeared to take a sharp backwards turn toward the protectionist measures of the 1930s. On March 1, President Trump announced that the United States would be imposing tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminum.
The potential for U.S. or Israeli military conflict with Iran is increasing as the two allies perceive Iran’s regional influence as increasingly threatening and its military capabilities growing.
The process of obtaining a security clearance for the United States government is at times laborious and frustrating. That is the case partly by design and partly by a combination of bureaucratic infighting and a massive increase of positions needing clearances since 2001.