Middle East

Acting U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks on the release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Human Rights Groups Bristling at State Department Report

What’s not in the report is as important as what’s in it.

Members of the 115th U.S. Congress take the oath of office in Washington on Jan. 3, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Congress Has Willfully Abdicated Its Responsibility Over War

It’s time for legislators to share in the authority they claim to want.

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.

A Turkish tank on a hilltop overlooking the Turkey-Syria border on Oct. 9, 2014. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

When Diplomacy Disappears

The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.

A Yemeni child looks out on buildings damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez on March 18. (Ahmad Al-Basha)

Senators Demand Answers From Trump Team on Yemen

Administration officials defended their position, but lawmakers weren’t happy with their answers.

Donald Trump attends a roundtable discon April 16, 2018 in Hialeah, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Has Trump Become a Realist?

America finally has a president who grasps the basic logic of offshore balancing in the Middle East.

Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon return to Andrews Air Force in Maryland on Jan. 18, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Syria Strategy Makes Perfect Sense

There's only one way to accomplish all of America's goals in Syria: cooperating with Russia.

Donald Trump speaks to the nation, announcing military action against Syria for the recent apparent gas attack on its civilians, at the White House, on April 13, 2018. (Mike Theiler - Pool/Getty Images)

America’s First Reality TV War

The Trump administration's latest missile strikes in Syria were never going to accomplish anything. But the show must go on.

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.

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.

Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing to be CIA director in Washington on Jan. 12, 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s What the Senate Should Ask Mike Pompeo

Democratic foreign-policy veterans want answers from Trump’s pick for secretary of state.

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