Japan and the EU Show That Free Trade Will Not Wait for Trump | Fritz Lodge, The Cipher Brief As Trump and his team push a more nationalist trade policy for the United States, Japan and the European Union demonstrate that international resolve remains to pursue trade liberalization - with or without the United States.
Free Trade's New Champions | Desmond Lachman, Former Deputy Director, Policy Development and Review Department, International Monetary Fund The recently agreed framework for a Europe-Japan free trade agreement could not provide a clearer indication as to the changing of the guard in terms of free trade leadership.
Tokyo and Europe Take a Stand Against Protectionism | Mireya Solis, Co-Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution "This is one of the so-called mega free trade agreements – one of the first that is really coming online. However, we must remember that this is just a broad political agreement, it’s an important milestone but we do not yet have a finalized Japan-EU free trade agreement."
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“We are Decades Behind” in Countering Russian Propaganda | Mackenzie Weinger, National Security Reporter, The Cipher Brief The Cipher Brief profiles Bill Evanina, the U.S. government's "counterintelligence chief" with responsibility for combating insider threats, developing macro-level strategy to counter Russian propaganda and intelligence-gathering activities, and much more.
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Permitting North Korea Even a Few Nuclear Weapons is a Mistake | Joseph DeTrani, Former Director, National Counterproliferation Center Accepting North Korea as a nuclear weapons state, even with a limited nuclear arsenal, would be a mistake. A nuclear North Korea would result in significant nuclear proliferation in East Asia, with South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and others likely seeking their own nuclear weapons, regardless of extended nuclear deterrence commitments from the U.S.
Tearing up the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Fool’s Errand | John Nixon, Former Senior Leadership Analyst, CIA Hardliners in both countries appear to be getting the upper hand as both countries decide what to do next regarding, what has been until now, an unprecedented breakthrough in relations between the two adversaries.
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Iran Accuses U.S. of Breaching Nuclear Deal In response to U.S. sanctions levied against six Iranian companies connected to the country’s ballistic missile program this July, Iranian Speaker of the parliament, Ali Larjani, told Tasnim News Agency on Tuesday that “Iran’s JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] supervisory body assessed the new U.S. sanctions and decided that they contradict parts of the nuclear deal.” According to Larjani, “Iran has complained to the [JCPOA] Commission,” a joint commission created by the P5+1, Iran, and the European Union to police the JCPOA.
The Cipher Take: During the 2016 presidential campaign, U.S. President Donald Trump railed against the JCPOA and, just last week, called it “the worst deal ever” - but his administration has stated that Iran is in compliance with the agreement and instead pursued new sanctions in other areas. On the Iranian side, rhetoric against the deal and the new administration has been similarly hot, but this is the first formal action by Tehran against the United States under the aegis of the nuclear agreement. Reporting from the New York Times last week suggested that President Trump is looking for a way out of the JCPOA; the Iranians just might beat him to it.
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