November 18, 2018

Jack Segal | Author


Trump, Putin, and Xi Ponder Nuclear Strategy

Nov. 10, 2018

On October 20, the President announced our withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty after the required six-month warning period. That move could either spell the beginning of an arms race or a sea change in global security. 

The INF Treaty banned... Read More >>

A Time for Reflection

Sept. 8, 2018

On Sept. 9, Jews worldwide began celebrating the Jewish New Year (“Rosh Hashanah”).  Observant Jews believe that this occasion marks when God sits in judgment of the world’s inhabitants, decides who will live another year, and decides whether the believers will... Read More >>

The View from Moscow

July 14, 2018

The first Putin-Trump Summit on July 16, coming on the heels of a NATO Summit, has a deep historical foundation dating long before President Trump’s tenure. For Vladimir Putin, the build-up to this summit began in East Germany, where he served as a KGB operative during the collapse ... Read More >>

A Friend’s Passing

May 10, 2018

Dennis Sandole, Ph.D., passed away on May 4. He was professor of conflict resolution at George Mason University, and so much more. I first met Dennis and his lifelong partner and wife, Ingrid Staroste, in Frankfurt, Germany. Dennis was a young professor from the University of Southern Cal... Read More >>

Go to Your Room

Jan. 13, 2018

I spent years working to reduce the threat of nuclear war and, while we are far from what I had hoped for, there is a stable equilibrium among the globe’s nuclear powers.  That stability is now challenged by taunts that would get a child sent to their room for a time out.

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Defusing North Korea

Nov. 7, 2017

Kim Jong-Un wants to survive. Donald Trump wants to reaffirm what he already knows: that he’s a great President. Xi Jinping is riding a wave of power just handed to him by China’s 90 million Communist Party members, and Xi now wants to assert China’s role as the pre-emin... Read More >>

Managing Foreign Policy

Aug. 5, 2017

With even FOX’s Chris Wallace citing “tremendous disarray” in the Trump White House, maybe I should explain why I’m still hoping that order might yet emerge from the chaos.

Chief of Staff General John Kelly has joined Lt. General H.R. McMaster in an effort ... Read More >>

Our Saudi “Friends”

June 10, 2017

In his speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 21, President Trump delivered three important messages to leaders of the world’s majority-Muslim countries: that the United States would cooperate with any country that joins in our “counter-extremism” campaign. Second &mdash... Read More >>

President Trump Greets NATO

April 29, 2017

In January it was “obsolete.”  As recently as March, the president remarked, “We have the threat of terrorism and NATO doesn’t discuss terrorism…" But by the time of his first meeting last month with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, the president aff... Read More >>

Dangerous Games on the Korean Peninsula

March 25, 2017

Earlier this month, 300,000 South Korean and 17,000 American troops participated in exercises the Pentagon called “the largest ever.”  An aircraft carrier, two guided missile destroyers, a cruiser, F-35 stealth fighters and drones converged on South Korea in an unpreceden... Read More >>

Today's Nuclear Threats

Feb. 18, 2017

In the 1960s, the U.S and the Soviet Union embarked on a massive expansion of their nuclear arsenals that ultimately led to the amassing of over 50,000 nuclear warheads. Leading analysts at the time began to tackle the question of how these powerful weapons might be used. Henry Kissinger,... Read More >>

Israel: The ‘one-state solution’

Jan. 7, 2017

The past few weeks have seen the sharpest criticism of Israel by the U.S. in decades. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Dec. 28 speech attempted primarily to blame Israel for the continued Israeli-Palestinian impasse. It came a few days after a rare U.S. decision not to veto a U.N. Se... Read More >>

From campaign to reality

Nov. 27, 2016

As President-elect Donald Trump takes control of U.S. foreign policy, a large percentage of the population is betting that he lacks the skills required to handle our numerous overseas problems. An equally large segment of the public is expecting him to go into problem areas with guns blaz... Read More >>