The United States Botched the Syria Talks Before They Even Began

By kowtowing to Russia and accepting that Bashar al-Assad might be able to stay on, America all but guaranteed Syria's bloody war will drag on.


After Nuclear Pact, New U.S.-Iran Talks Bring New Deals

The personal relationship between John Kerry and Javad Zarif paved the way for a high-profile prisoner swap. But its biggest test is still to come.

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The real significance of Iran’s seizure and quick release of 2 U.S. Navy patrol boats

  By David Crist Best Defense guest columnist The importance of last week’s event in the Persian Gulf goes beyond current political sound bites. It ...


How FP Stumbled Into a War With China — and Lost

Our intrepid reporters tried to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in the East China Sea. They ended up igniting a war in Asia.


Missing the Peace for the Trees

Natural resources play a role in nearly half of the world's conflicts, but when it comes to ending wars, they're almost always forgotten.

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