Elephants in the Room

John Bolton talks with Ban Ki-moon at the South Korean Foreign Ministry in Seoul on July 20, 2004. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Give John Bolton a Chance

If you squint at Trump’s new national security advisor, you might see some silver linings.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto during the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S.-Mexico Relationship Has Survived and Thrived Under Trump

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the neighbors are finding ways to make it work.

People gather in Istanbul to support the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt on July 16, 2016. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Alliance With Turkey Is Worth Preserving

Ankara is a difficult friend. That doesn't mean the United States should cut it loose.

Investigators collate forensic samples near the Maltings shopping center in Salisbury, England, on March 16, as investigations continue after a former Russian spy and his daughter were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack on March 4.
(Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Is Poisoning Prague

Russian corruption starts small but quickly spreads.

Donald Trump meets with Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, in the Oval Office at the White House, March 14, 2017. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia Can Win Islam’s War of Ideas

Mohammed bin Salman’s embrace of “moderate Islam” deserves the Trump administration’s support.

Mike Pompeo before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC, on Jan. 12, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Will Be North Korea’s Trump-Whisperer

The new secretary of state could decide the success of the high-stakes Korea summit.

Mike Pompeo at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Earned His Promotion

He had a strong record at the CIA. But will Trump let him succeed at the State Department?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Serious Problems With a Trump-Kim Meeting

It's not good if only one of the two participants knows what he's doing.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves before entering the Oval Office on March 7, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is the Peacemaker Korea Has Always Needed

Stop talking about the president's temperament, and start judging him by his results.

French President Emmanuel Macron talks with soldiers during a visit at an Estonian military base in Tapa on the sidelines of an EU summit on Sept. 29, 2017. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Two Cheers for European Defense Cooperation

The EU's new military plans aren't a problem for the United States — they're an opportunity.

The remains of a missile that landed in the southern Lebanese village of Kaoukaba, near the border with Syria, on Feb. 10, after the Israeli military attacked 12 Syrian and Iranian targets inside Syria. (Ali Dia/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Block Iran’s Air Corridor to Syria

Iranian aircraft are sustaining Assad's killing fields and setting the stage for escalation against Israel.

The World Bank headquarters in Washington on May 8, 2007. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators Still Work

They are among the institution's most powerful tools — heed not the critics.

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