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McKinley arrives to testify before House investigators. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Some of America's most seasoned diplomats are warning that President Trump is wounding American diplomacy so severely that it could take generations to heal.
Why it matters: “One of our sources of power as the United States of America is that we have the deepest and broadest bench when you go into any negotiation,” says Wendy Sherman, who served in top State Department roles in the Obama administration. “When you hollow out the State Department, when you diminish diplomacy, you are taking away an essential tool of power of the United States.”
Driving the news: Michael McKinley, a veteran diplomat who resigned last week as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s senior adviser, told House investigators yesterday that he was “disturbed” by the administration's efforts to convince Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.
What they’re saying: Bill Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment and a revered former diplomat, writes in Foreign Affairs this week that he has “never seen an attack on diplomacy as damaging … as the one now underway.”
Between the lines: Sherman says it’s remarkable for the likes of Burns, McKinley and Yovanovitch to speak out so publicly.
Repeatedly calling McKinley by the wrong name, Mulvaney urged him to “get over” his concerns about political influence in foreign policy.
“What you're seeing now, I believe, is a group of mostly career bureaucrats who are saying, 'I don't like President Trump's politics so I'm going to participate in this witch hunt that they're undertaking on the Hill.'"— Mick Mulvaney
The bottom line: "Institutions like the foreign service don't turn on a dime,” Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, tells me. “They're generational."
Expert Voices: Ukraine scandal deepens crisis roiling State Department
Smoke on the Syrian-Turkish border, near Tal Tamr. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty
President Trump proclaimed today a “great day for civilization” after negotiations in Turkey led to the declaration by Vice President Pence of a 120-hour (five-day) ceasefire in Northern Syria, which is to become permanent if its conditions are met.
Details: The ceasefire would hand Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan exactly what he invaded Syria to gain: a “buffer zone” inside Syria’s borders, cleared of Kurdish fighters.
Trump’s view: “I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary, but somewhat unconventional, path. People have been trying to make this “Deal” for many years. Millions of lives will be saved. Congratulations to ALL!”
The critics’ view, summed up by Sen. Tim Kaine: “Trump is once again giving Erdogan exactly what he wants at the expense of American security interests.”
The man with the deal. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Boris Johnson has done what seemed unthinkable just a week ago — struck a Brexit deal with the European Union.
Where things stand: The deal announced today in Brussels is a major breakthrough for the U.K. prime minister, but it only gets him as far as his predecessor managed.
What to watch: Johnson hopes to fare better on Saturday, when he'll bring his plan up for a vote.
The bottom line: Johnson needs to convince enough MPs that it really is his deal or "no deal." Either way, it will be a dramatic weekend in Westminster.
The good old days. Photo: Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
More than 6-in-10 Russians consider it a "great misfortune that the Soviet Union no longer exists," according to a new Pew survey.
The big picture: The survey reveals far more nostalgia for the Soviet Union in Russia than elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
Between the lines: Vladimir Putin has played on nostalgia for the Soviet Union. But given he's been in power for 20 years, much of the dissatisfaction reflects on him.
Looking skyward in Beijing. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
Foreign policy experts Kurt Campbell and Jake Sullivan joined Michael Morrell this week on the Intelligence Matters podcast. I found myself returning to two key ideas after listening to their discussion on China.
Idea #1: Convincing China we're here to stay
Idea #2: Unified against China and for ... what?
"I do think we should look to the China challenge as a mobilizing force. On the other hand, if we turn China into the defining evil of our time for decades to come, that will be self-defeating."— Jake Sullivan
Go deeper: Sullivan and Campbell's excellent Foreign Affairs piece on this topic
Morning in Montevideo. Photo: Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images
I thought I'd left Washington far behind when I landed last fall in Montevideo, Uruguay. As it turned out, a much more famous American was already in town: Rudy Giuliani.
Why it matters: I have no reason to believe Giuliani’s visit was in any way connected to Trump, or had any impact on U.S. foreign policy. But as I read about his efforts to pressure the Ukrainians, or lobby for the extradition of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, I find myself wondering where else he's popped up around the world.
British royals (William and Kate) in Chitral, Pakistan. Photo: Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage
"[Ron] Vara was Navarro’s 'alter ego,' an 'everyman character' who dispenses cutesy business aphorisms as well as dire warnings about Chinese food."— From a Chronicle of Higher Education report, which found that Peter Navarro, Trump's trade adviser, invented an expert cited frequently in his books. One clue: "Ron Vara" is an anagram of "Navarro."