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Noah Rothman

Noah Rothman

Noah Rothman is the Associate Editor of Commentary.

middle east

There is perhaps nothing a global class of calcified diplomatic professionals appreciates more than subtlety and nuance. Donald Trump's tour of the world’s three major...
Safe zones

On Friday afternoon, two alleged “bombshell” reports were released regarding the scandal involving Donald Trump’s links to Russia. Only one of these reports, however, deserves...
anthony winer

On Friday, Anthony Weiner appeared in federal court and pled guilty to the charge that he had inappropriate, sexually-charged communications with a minor. The fall...
mike flynn

Mike Flynn’s ascension to lead the National Security Council was instantly controversial and short-lived, but it has been a continuing source of frustration for the...
Erdogan

Perhaps unaccustomed to America’s tradition of free and unfettered expression, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s bodyguards reacted like animals when confronted by protesters demonstrating near...
Donald Trump

We are in the grip of some magical thinking. The cascade of controversies, unforced errors, and erratic behaviors gumming up the works in Washington D.C....
Syria

With the Trump White House struggling to contain the fallout from the bombshell revelation that the president shared sensitive intelligence with Russian governmental officials, former Obama...
donald trump

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is only the latest administration figure to be burned by his impulsive, mercurial boss. “The story that came out tonight,...
alt-right

This weekend, a cluster of throwback white supremacists got at least something they were looking for: publicity. As for the rest of their demands, the...
Russia

Donald Trump is especially fond of illustrating his apprehension toward refugees fleeing violence, repression, and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa by citing...
Safe zones

One week ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin propositioned the United States. Russia’s chief executive revealed that, in a phone conversation with President Donald Trump last...