Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough
The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.
Bibi Is Burning Down the House
Faced with legal threats, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t hesitate to sow doubt, chaos, and confusion in order to remain in power.
Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik
The Vatican’s diplomacy with China, and other authoritarian governments, is based on a century-old fantasy of its worldly power.
Zuma Has Fallen
South Africa's president weathered scandal after scandal while driving his country’s economy and reputation into the ground. His luck has finally run out.
Iran Is Playing With Fire in Syria
The downing of an Israeli jet won’t fundamentally alter the Middle East’s strategic balance.
Length Doesn’t Matter
The United States and Europe need to get serious about limiting Iran’s missiles of all ranges — and the Missile Technology Control Regime should guide them.
Poland’s Holocaust Denialism Will Come Back to Haunt It
Polish leaders thought peddling historical revisionism at home had no consequences; now, it could threaten two crucial alliances.
Trump Is All Talk On Iran
The president has wooed Saudi Arabia and Israel with promises to roll back Iranian influence — but he has so far failed to match those words with action.
General Erdogan’s First War
Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military – and you can tell by the results.
What’s Good for Russian Gas Is Good for America
Washington's opposition to a gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany has never made sense.
Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian.
Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia.
It’s Time to Audit America’s Secrets
Declassification should be determined by the American people, not partisan politicians.
The Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Palestinian Budget Cuts
By cutting aid to Palestinian refugees, the United States is undermining stability in the entire region.
China’s Middle Class Is Pulling Up the Ladder Behind Itself
The rural poor are increasingly unwelcome in China’s big cities.
ISIS’s War on Families Never Ended
The Islamic State's campaign for the hearts and minds of Syrian children may have laid the groundwork for its resurgence.
The Bunga-Bunga Moderate
How Silvio Berlusconi successfully reinvented himself as a straight-laced member of the establishment.
Size Doesn’t Matter for Spies Anymore
In the era of cyber-espionage, even the smallest countries can play on the biggest stage.