On Geopolitics

Trump Loads the Bolton Bullet

Reva Goujon
VP of Global Analysis, Stratfor
Mar 27, 2018 | 17:40 GMT
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton leaves a meeting in Trump Tower in December 2016.

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton leaves a meeting in Trump Tower in December 2016. Bolton's appointment to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser -- on the heels of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's replacement with Mike Pompeo -- raises the threat of U.S. military action against North Korea and Iran alike.

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The newly designated national security adviser can lend style and substance to the president's most severe policy preferences. A more credible threat of U.S. military action bumps up the already slim chance of a grand bargain on North Korea while raising the odds of confrontation with Iran....

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