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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on Syria in the White House on April 9. From left: U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Passive-Aggressive Syria Policy Risks Creating More Mayhem in the Middle East

The United States is pursuing a worst-of-both-worlds mix of hawkish confrontation and strategic retrenchment.

Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing to be CIA director in Washington on Jan. 12, 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s What the Senate Should Ask Mike Pompeo

Democratic foreign-policy veterans want answers from Trump’s pick for secretary of state.

Then-Congressman Mike Pompeo listens as Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 22, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Has Been Undermining the State Department Since the Benghazi Investigation

Trump's nominee for secretary of state must answer for the false claims and recycled conspiracies he propagated.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017. (Jorge Silva/Getty Images)

Trump Still Doesn’t Take Russia Seriously

Rather than speaking out against Putin, the U.S. president is playing into Moscow’s hands.

A U.S. Tomahawk missile flies toward Syria on April 7, 2017. (Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

One Year Ago, Pundits Welcomed a Turning Point in Syria. They Were Wrong.

U.S. policy in the Middle East is being guided by Trump's doctrine of incoherent chaos. And it's only getting worse.

Gen. Thomas Waldhauser holds a news conference in Djibouti on April 23, 2017.  (Jonathan Ernst/Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Militaristic Africa Policy Will Backfire

Instead, the United States should pursue a holistic, long-term strategy.

A South Korean soldier walks past a television displaying images of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on March 9. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Do His Nuke Deal Homework

The Iran nuclear accord contains lessons for talks with North Korea.

John Bolton appears on a TV monitor as he speaks on "Meet the Press" in Washington on Oct. 15, 2006. (Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)

John Bolton Is a National Security Threat

John Bolton wants regime change in North Korea and Iran, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House on May 16, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

America and Turkey Need to Step Back From the Brink

Washington and Ankara are playing a dangerous game of chicken in Syria.

Rex Tillerson departs after speaking to employees at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 2, 2017.  (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A Requiem for Rex’s Redesign

Rex Tillerson's biggest failure — his disastrous bid to reorganize the State Department — can't be blamed on anyone else.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo at Trump's Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey on Aug. 10, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Get Ready for Secretary of State Mini-Trump

The world will miss Rex Tillerson now that he's gone.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 13. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Clock Is Already Ticking on Mike Pompeo

The new secretary of state corrects for his predecessor's weaknesses — but will soon face the same problems.

Russian President Vladimir Putin waves after delivering a speech at a forum of volunteers in Moscow on December 6, 2017. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Banality of Putin’s Potemkin Elections

The tremendous effort that goes into producing a fake vote.

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