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North Korea’s testing of two long-range cruise missiles was a provocative act – but a predictable one, too. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korea’s latest missile provocation was entirely predictable

North Korea has tended to ratchet up tensions when the U.S. is seen to be weak and when it feels it can yield greater concessions, a scholar explains.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in the Korean demilitarized zone in June 2019.

Did Donald Trump ease tensions with North Korea?

Donald Trump avoided a major crisis with North Korea. But the North Korean nuclear issue remains unresolved as the country continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic capabilities.
Ransomware attacks often strike local government computer systems, which poses a challenge for protecting elections. PRImageFactory/iStock via Getty Images

Ransomware can interfere with elections and fuel disinformation – basic cybersecurity precautions are key to minimizing the damage

A ransomware attack on election-related government computers in a Georgia county raises the specter of more disruptions for Election Day voting and vote tabulation.
President Donald Trump may have removed his mask, but the uncertainty posed by his positive COVID-19 test continues. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Allies and foes watch as Trump fights the coronavirus

What might be the global geopolitical significance of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test?
As president, Trump has cultivated close relations with autocratic leaders while distancing the U.S. from its traditional allies in Europe and Asia. Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture alliance via Getty Images

Trump’s foreign policy is still ‘America First’ – what does that mean, exactly?

In 2016 Trump promised to ‘shake the rust off America’s foreign policy.’ Four years later, it’s clearer what that looks like: a US that sits on the sidelines of world crises and collaborations alike.
Real-time cyberattacks on a display at the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group of the Maryland Air National Guard. U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr.

Government cybersecurity commission calls for international cooperation, resilience and retaliation

In the murky world of cyber espionage and cyber warfare, effective deterrence has long been considered out of reach. A government report argues it’s time to change that.
A Yemeni national, denied entry into the U.S. because of the travel ban, shows their cancelled visa to reporters as they successfully arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

What Trump’s travel ban really looks like, almost two years in

Was the ban a Muslim ban – or was that just an anti-Trump narrative? A political scientist combs through the data for answers.

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