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The National Security Council has been in decline under Trump, and his selection of Robert O'Brien as its next head signals its demise, writes Jonathan Stevenson

The National Security Council has been in decline under Trump, and his selection of Robert O'Brien as its next head signals its demise, writes Jonathan Stevenson

The appointment of Robert O'Brien as national security adviser 'may signal the death knell of any hope to check the president’s worst foreign-policy impulses,' writes IISS Senior Fellow for US Defence, Jonathan Stevenson, in @nytimes :

The National Security Council has been in decline under Trump, and his selection of Robert O'Brien as its next head signals its demise, writes Jonathan Stevenson

Robert O'Brien is the new national security adviser, but his role will probably relegated to the back seat, writes Jonathan Stevenson

"In Robert O’Brien, whom Mr. Trump chose Wednesday as Mr. Bolton’s replacement, the president seems to have a compliant, behind-the-scenes implementer better suited to the president’s domineering temperament," writes Jonathan Stevenson

Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson: There is no plausible reason for the United States to go to war with Iran, although the Trump administration appears to be preparing to do so.

Patrick Radden Keefe's book "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland," won the 2019 Orwell prize for political writing. Read Jonathan Stevenson's review of the book here:

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The United States’ treatment of Iran as a serious strategic competitor is deeply illogical, write Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, as Iran imperils no core U.S. interests.

Washington's treatment of Iran as a serious strategic competitor is deeply illogical, write Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, as Iran imperils no core U.S. interests.

Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson argue that Iran is not a threat to core U.S. interests unless the United States itself makes it one:

The United States’ treatment of Iran as a serious strategic competitor is deeply illogical, write Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson, as Iran imperils no core U.S. interests.

Dereliction of Duty? Jonathan Stevenson on how a soldier who made his intellectual reputation as a truth-teller became a stooge of the most mendacious US president in history

Missing diplomats? The US currently has no ambassador to: > Saudi Arabia > Turkey > Egypt > Qatar > JordanJonathan Stevenson on Washington's wayward Middle East policy -> #IISSMD17 

The 12 Tory rebels who voted against the Government by backing amendment 7: Dominic Grieve Ken Clarke Nicky Morgan John Stevenson Bob Neill Stephen Hammond Oliver Heald Anna Soubry Sarah Wollaston Jonathan Djanogly Antoinette Sandbach Heidi Allen

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