Jeremi Suri

Jeremi Suri is a professor in the Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs. His new book is The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office.

Recent Articles

The Guns of August 'Locked and Loaded'

Donald Trump takes America to the brink.

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(Balkis Press/Sipa USA via AP Images) An undated photo from North Korean News Agency released August 2017 shows Kim Jon Un visiting a Korean People's Army unit in an undisclosed location in North Korea. V iolent rhetoric doesn’t always bring violence itself, but Donald Trump’s presidency is putting that relationship to the test. At home this month, white supremacists and neo-Nazis have brought street violence and murder to the quiet enclave of Charlottesville, Virginia. Abroad, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has been exchanging threats with Trump, who, without consulting regional allies or even his own top advisers, has promised to unleash “fire and fury” and announced that America’s weapons are “locked and loaded.” In an earlier article , I described Trump’s approach to foreign policy as “belligerent deterrence.” It sounds tough but reflects a stunningly simplistic understanding of policy: If my threats are more terrifying than the adversary’s, he will back down. Trump hopes to get his...