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“Having thoroughly politicized his position as a diplomat, he is now poised to do the same for the entire U.S. intelligence community,” Jonathan Stevenson wrote about Richard Grenell#RNC2020 

"Mr. Trump has treated the military like a political tool, ignoring the chain of command, flouting traditions, and cynically using troops to symbolize his patriotism," wrote Jonathan Stevenson#RNC2020 

An apolitical army is central to American democracy. But the president is using the armed forces to subvert it, writes Jonathan Stevenson |

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An apolitical army is central to American democracy. But the president is using the armed forces to subvert it, writes Jonathan Stevenson |

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"We may be close to the moment at which active-duty service members need to consider disciplined disobedience," writes Jonathan Stevenson

"Two common threads explain Mr. Trump's obsession with the military: a desire to obscure his own flagrant evasion of military service and to gain vicarious credibility as a tough guy," writes Jonathan Stevenson

"If Mr. Trump does decide to use the military for political intimidation, it will fall to the military itself to show restraint, even if it means disobeying orders," writes Jonathan Stevenson

Casting Michael Flynn as a victim of Obama-era malice may divert national attention from the Trump team’s dismal performance in dealing with the pandemic, writes Jonathan Stevenson |

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The withdrawal of the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is a major advance in President Trump and Attorney General Barr's political weaponisation of the Justice Department, writes Jonathan Stevenson |

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Donald Trump seems to have expected his showy, jingoistic approach to civil-military relations would ensure him the support of the U.S. armed forces. But Americans in uniform tend to frown on "bureaucratic ineptitude," writes Jonathan Stevenson.

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Now that Richard Grenell has "thoroughly politicized his position as a diplomat, he is now poised to do the same for the entire U.S. intelligence community," writes Jonathan Stevenson, a senior fellow at the @IISS_org 

In Opinion Jonathan Stevenson writes, "Bolton’s motives for potentially undermining the president position may, at first blush, seem confusing. But there may be a method to the madness — four of them, in fact."

New Op-Ed: Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani's killing shows how the National Security Council process has broken down, writes Jonathan Stevenson of @IISS_org 

"Trump’s move looks like either an impetuous act of self-indulgence or, somewhat more probable, a calculated attempt to bury his domestic political troubles," writes Jonathan Stevenson, who served on the National Security Council from 2011 to 2013

President Trump did not bother to consult congressional leaders on the strike that killed Qassim Suleimani, notes Jonathan Stevenson, who served on the National Security Council from 2011 to 2013

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"The killing of General Suleimani arose outside of any coherent policy context, and without adequate contemplation of near- or long-term strategic consequences," writes Jonathan Stevenson, who served on the National Security Council from 2011 to 2013

"The killing of General Suleimani arose outside of any coherent policy context, and without adequate contemplation of near- or long-term strategic consequences," writes Jonathan Stevenson, who served on the National Security Council from 2011 to 2013

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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