Shadow Government

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, U.S. President Donald Trump, and others before a meeting on U.N. reform at the U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 18, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Empty North Korea Threats Will Lead to Humiliation or War

Either Trump will back down and once again eat his words, or he will strike North Korea, with consequences almost too great to contemplate.

North (top) and South (bottom) Korean border posts on Aug. 21, 2015. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

Seven Reasons Why Putting U.S. Nukes Back in South Korea Is a Terrible Idea

Here are seven reasons why the United States should not seek to deploy nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on Sept. 9, 2015. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

If Trump Won’t Certify the Nuke Deal, He Should Do This Instead

There is a way for the administration to address the agreement’s shortcomings while sustaining its gains.

The vice minister of the North Korean Ministry of People's Security inspects weapons at a police training academy in Kampala, Uganda, on June 13, 2013.

The U.S. Needs Real Diplomacy to Counter North Korea in Africa

Convincing African countries to truly isolate North Korea would require diplomatic prowess that the United States currently lacks.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks while meeting with President-elect Donald Trump (L) following a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the Republican leadership in Congress later today on Capitol Hill.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Myth of a ‘Better’ Iran Deal

The Obama administration didn’t botch negotiations with Tehran. And Trump isn’t going to be able to get something tougher.

People hold up placards with the name of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R, on stage) as she addresses the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) rally in Bitterfeld, eastern Germany on August 29, 2017, less than a month before the September 24th general election. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Merkel Will Spend the Next Four Years Battling Forces at Home

Those who were hoping for a new wave of German leadership will be left waiting.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20:  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez points after addressing the United Nations General Assembly September 20, 2006 at the UN in New York City. The annual conference at the U.N. headquarters comes at a time when the world community is considering sanctions on Iran and UN peacekeepers are stationed in nearly 20 countries.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Jesse Helms + Hugo Chávez = Donald Trump

Two wrongs at the United Nations sure as hell don’t make a right.

TOPSHOT - A man looks at smoke rising from buildings following a strike on a rebel-held area of the Jobar district, east of the Syrian capital on September 14, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / ABDULMONAM EASSA        (Photo credit should read ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time For a New Syria Peace Process

The United States could decide to keep up the charade in Geneva, but if we want to see greater stability in the years ahead, we need to change course.

The US Capitol is seen on August 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.
With moves to dismantle Confederate monuments gaining momentum, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, recently called for Confederate statues to be removed from the US Capitol. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Congress Can Save the State Department

Foggy Bottom is in peril. Capitol Hill needs to do its part.

South Korean soldiers stand guard at a guard post near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing two Koreas in the border city of Paju on August 11, 2017.
As nuclear-armed North Korea's missile stand-off with the US escalates, calls are mounting in the South for Seoul to build nuclear weapons of its own to defend itself -- which would complicate the situation even further. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Talk to North Korea

Trump needs to focus on reassuring U.S. allies, engage with North Korea, and stop doing Pyongyang favors.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with President-elect Donald Trump (L) following a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the Republican leadership in Congress later today on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Here’s How to Build an Alternative Agenda in the Age of Donald Trump

It’s time for cooler heads to offer an alternative and affirmative agenda for American foreign policy and national security.

US President Donald Trump walks to the White House in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2017 upon his return from Springfield, Missouri, where he spoke about tax reform. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

The Iran Deal Is Keeping the Middle East From Going Nuclear. Why Does Trump Want to Blow It Up?

It is the height of irresponsibility for the Trump administration to even consider walking away from the JCPOA.

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