Trade talks continue this week between the United States and China, the outcome of which will help decide whether President Trump will raise tariffs on Chinese imports to slow the spread of their technologies – the latest move in an ongoing struggle for power in the global market.
As Russia and China attempt to pull European countries into their spheres of influence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a five-nation tour to promote democracy and the rule of law. Renewing ties in Central Europe is a clear departure from previous administrations.
Citing Russia's failure to comply, the Trump administration has moved to dissolve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, an arms control agreement that has been in place since the cold war. Critics worry the treaty's demise could lead to a new arms race.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in Trump's administration and seen as a moderating force, will leave his post by the end of February. Withdrawal of US troops from Syria was reportedly the last straw for Secretary Mattis.