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Peter Van Buren

Educator

Peter Van Buren, who served in the State Department for 24 years, is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, a book that looks at the waste and mismanagement of the Iraqi reconstruction.

Peter Van Buren
5 May 2018

Trump's political theatre on Iran's nuke programme

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who on Monday presented what he claimed was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons programme, may have added fuel to a looming foreign policy crisis for the United States. On May 12, President Donald Trump is expected to decide to re-impose sanctions on Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. That will significantly increase the chances of war -- and may be exactly the outcome Washington seeks.

5 May 2018 3
Trump's political theatre on Iran's nuke programme
6 Dec 2017

When Tillerson's gone

Donald Trump may be denying it, but there seems no doubt that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is a marked man.

6 Dec 2017
When Tillerson's gone
6 Oct 2017

Trump got it right

Getting aid where it's needed is a matter of priorities. Example: In Phuket, they didn't need water, they had plenty. Hospitals needed rubbish removed.

6 Oct 2017
Trump got it right
23 Jul 2016

Nice cannot be the 'new normal'

Hours after a truck ploughed through a crowd in Nice, France, killing 84 people, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outlined his policy against the Islamic State: as president, he will seek a full declaration of war from Congress, the first such formal invocation since Pearl Harbour.

23 Jul 2016
27 Jul 2015

Abe risks job with military push

Nearly to the day of the first successful test of a nuclear bomb in 1945, and just a few weeks from the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed through legislation to give his country's military the power to strike offensively for the first time since the war.

27 Jul 2015