With the normalization of relations between the United States and North Korea seemingly within reach, President Trump and Kim Jong-un's talks broke down due to a failure to bridge a standoff over US sanctions, bringing an abrupt end to the high-stakes summit.
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.