Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan Fred Kaplan

Fred Kaplan is the author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.

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May 24 2018 1:02 PMArt of the FailIn calling off his summit with Kim Jong-un, Trump has again shown his lack of skill as a negotiator.
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May 21 2018 1:34 PMArms Control, Trump-StyleThe president’s last foray into international negotiations doesn’t bode well for his Kim meeting.
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May 15 2018 10:33 AMThe ConsequencesIn China, North Korea, and Israel, we’re seeing the results of Trump’s rash decision-making.
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May 8 2018 3:12 PMTrump Has Wrecked One of the Most Successful Arms-Control Deals in Modern HistoryThe president withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal because of spite, ignorance, or both.
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April 30 2018 3:15 PMBibi’s Iran Speech Was a BustThe Israeli prime minister’s much-hyped revelations make the case for keeping the Iran deal.
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April 25 2018 2:31 PML’Etat of the UnionA day after cozying up to Trump on the Iran deal, Macron picked him apart in a rousing speech to Congress.
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April 13 2018 11:30 PMWill Assad “Get the Message” This Time?The U.S. once again opts for a limited response to Syria’s chemical weapons use.
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April 11 2018 2:54 PMThe Missiles May Be “Smart,” but the President’s Plan Is NotBefore he risks an escalation in Syria and a conflict with Russia, Trump needs to figure out what he’s actually trying to accomplish.
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April 2 2018 3:54 PMDoes Trump Even Know What He Wants From Kim Jong-un?The president has shown no indication that he has any plan for next month’s all-important North Korea summit.
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March 27 2018 3:51 PMWho Made the Worst Decision of the Iraq War?We may never know for sure. But there’s reason to suspect Cheney.
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March 22 2018 6:56 PMIt’s Time to Panic NowJohn Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser puts us on a path to war.
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March 20 2018 5:33 PMInfrastructure WeakThe time to do something about protecting our power plants and waterworks from Russian hackers was 20 years ago.
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March 13 2018 12:07 PMRex, We Hardly Knew You. No, Really.An ignominious end for the most passive secretary of state in a century.
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March 6 2018 3:15 PMLet’s Talk About NukesIt’s great news if Kim Jong-un is willing to talk about giving up his nuclear weapons. But whether it leads to a breakthrough is up to the Trump administration.
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March 1 2018 3:55 PMDon’t Buy Putin’s Missile HypeIf the Russians want to waste their money on fancy new nukes, let them.
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May 22 2018 4:54 PMWe Will Bury YouThe Trump administration is threatening to destroy the regimes of two different countries unless they bend to America’s will.
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May 17 2018 10:39 AMKim in ControlNorth Korea’s threat to abandon the Trump summit isn’t an about-face. It’s a demonstration of who’s in the driver’s seat.
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May 9 2018 4:33 PMThe Many Secrets of Gina HaspelTrump’s nominee to run the CIA probably did enough to get the job at her confirmation hearing, but not enough to address concerns about her views on torture.
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May 1 2018 4:21 PMA Nobel for Trump?Trump may deserve some credit for the Korea talks, but not as much as he thinks.
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April 27 2018 1:41 PMMore Than Just a Handshake?The genuinely inspiring Korea summit sets Trump up for a major diplomatic breakthrough—if he can ignore his own instincts.
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April 23 2018 4:36 PMWhat Is Denuclearization Anyway?Trump and North Korea are using very different definitions—and that has ramifications.
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April 12 2018 7:12 PMEnabler in ChiefMike Pompeo offered few assurances that he’s willing to stand up to Trump’s worst instincts.
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April 5 2018 4:19 PMLost in SyriaIt’s been a year since Trump launched missiles at Assad’s military, and it’s now clear he had no strategy to back it up.
Music
March 29 2018 12:09 PMWhen the Student Became the MasterA new box set captures Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s final tour together. It challenges the conventional wisdom about both of them.
Gizmos
March 23 2018 8:00 AM4K MagicWhy it’s time to buy an ultra-high definition TV—and for cheap.
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March 22 2018 4:18 PM“Getting Along” Is Not a Foreign PolicyTrump’s defense of congratulating Putin shows again how clueless he is.
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March 16 2018 5:14 PMWhere H.R. McMaster Went WrongHe built a storied military career by speaking truth to power—until that power was President Trump.
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March 9 2018 11:44 AMSummit SurpriseA meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un could be a major opportunity—if Trump actually prepares for it.
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March 5 2018 4:00 PMNo ReplyWhy is America letting Russia get away with meddling in our democracy?
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Feb. 28 2018 12:12 PMKushner Has No Business in the White HouseHis security downgrade proves it.

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