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.


Dear Obama, Assad Is the Problem

By refusing to address his fate, the United States is dooming the current round of peace talks to failure.


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.

Best Defense

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 ...


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.

The Cable

Silicon Valley Squares Off With White House Over Arms Control Pact

The Wassenaar Arrangement aims to reduce the supply of spy software for authoritarian states.

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