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U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on April 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Needs to Clean Up After Rex Tillerson

The new secretary of state should focus on rebuilding his department.

Donald Trump joins dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Lost in the Middle East

The incoherence of Washington's Syria policy is a symptom of its failure to define a new role in the world.

U.S. President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 5, 2018. (Andel Ngab/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs a Plan for Israel’s Confrontation With Iran

Tehran and Moscow are becoming the arbiters of the Middle East — and Israel’s relationship with both is growing increasingly tense.

Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador delivers a speech at a campaign rally in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on April 6. (Julio Cesar Ahuilar/AFP/Getty Images)

Andrés Manuel López Obrador Is No Hugo Chávez

The real problem with the Mexican presidential frontrunner isn’t his populism. It’s his old-fashioned ideas.

Brazilian president Michel Temer (L) and Argentine President  Mauricio Macri arrive to pose for the official picture at the end of the Mercosur Summit in mendoza, 1080 km west of buenos Aires on July 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andres Larrovere        (Photo credit should read ANDRES LARROVERE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trumpification of the Latin American Right

South American conservatives have an unlikely new role model.

A U.S. convoy of armored vehicles on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij on March 5, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranian-Backed Militias Set Sights on U.S. Forces

Airstrikes against Syria may galvanize support against the United States.

A man walks past abandoned shells on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on April 16. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right to Strike Syria

But he needs a more coherent strategy in the Middle East.

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.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr, the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefs the press on the strikes against Syria at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on April 14. 2018. 
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Syrian Chemical Weapons Prompts Missile Volley From Trump

U.S. is “locked and loaded” for more strikes, but only if Assad uses chemical weapons.

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the Colombian government in Bogotá on Oct. 2, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Help Colombia Thrive

As an era of peace approaches, both countries should take practical steps to strengthen the relationship.

Hezbollah supporters rally in Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 11, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?

Barack Obama did too little to curb the militant group, especially in Latin America. Donald Trump should do more.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Russia Policy Is Better Than Obama’s Was

The U.S. stance on Russia may have reached a post-Cold War high point.

Employees build a Boeing 777 airplane cockpit at a plant in Wichita, Kansas, on Aug. 18, 2004. (Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

Why China Will Win the Trade War

Trump thinks he has a strong hand. In fact, Washington is far more vulnerable than Beijing.

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