Last week, CIA Director John Brennan expressed his commitment to regaining the trust of the American public. The intelligence community’s efforts deserve recognition, even if striking the balance between secrecy and openness remains a subjective call, one ultimately made by those who hold the secrets.
As president, Barack Obama has adopted the traditional bipartisan orthodoxy in Washington on free trade. But as his administration draws to a close, free trade has become a poisonous issue in the current American presidential campaign, making the future of Obama’s trade legacy increasingly uncertain.
It is time for a serious assessment of what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for the U.N. For most of this year, this prospect has seemed little more than a topic for passing drollery. With the U.S. elections just over 40 days away and opinion polls suggesting a tight race, it seems less funny.