Do Presidents Trust the Foreign Service?

By letting career diplomats at the State Department languish, the White House is wasting one of its greatest assets -- at its own peril.


Iraq Strikes Intel Sharing Agreement With Russia, Syria, and Iran

The move comes as Russia has deployed large numbers of troops to Syria and has reasserted its diplomatic power in the Middle East.

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U.S. To Lift More Commercial and Travel Restrictions Against Cuba

The United States announced it would continue to ease economic penalties against Cuba and loosens travel restrictions to the island.

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Did the West Really Miss a Chance to End the Syrian War?

Contrary to breathless media reports, Western diplomats say Russia was never ready to dump Assad, even if its U.N. envoy floated the idea in 2012.


South Sudan’s Peace Deal Never Stood a Chance

Until the West starts making the war hurt for corrupt elites, the bloody civil war will go on.


Saudi Arabia’s King Comes Knocking

With the Iran deal done, King Salman is in Washington looking for reassurance — and warships.

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