Shadow Government

Donald Trump welcomes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the West Wing of the White House on May 16, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

America and Turkey Need to Step Back From the Brink

Washington and Ankara are playing a dangerous game of chicken in Syria.

Rex Tillerson departs after speaking to employees at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 2, 2017.  (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A Requiem for Rex’s Redesign

Rex Tillerson's biggest failure — his disastrous bid to reorganize the State Department — can't be blamed on anyone else.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo at Trump's Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey on Aug. 10, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Get Ready for Secretary of State Mini-Trump

The world will miss Rex Tillerson now that he's gone.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 13. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Clock Is Already Ticking on Mike Pompeo

The new secretary of state corrects for his predecessor's weaknesses — but will soon face the same problems.

Russian President Vladimir Putin waves after delivering a speech at a forum of volunteers in Moscow on December 6, 2017. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Banality of Putin’s Potemkin Elections

The tremendous effort that goes into producing a fake vote.

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves after a meeting with EU officials in Brussels on May 25, 2017. (THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s War on Europe Is Revving Up

It was only a matter of time until the U.S. president's anti-EU views did damage.

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the White House, on January 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Making American Bureaucracy Terrible Again

The Trump administration's petty corruption will have a clear legacy: more red tape for years to come.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 25. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Bibi Needs Trump’s Help Countering Iran in Syria

Restraining Tehran is in the interest of both Israel and the United States.

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush stand side by side after Obama was sworn in as the 44th president in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Foreign Officials See Bush and Obama in Trump

From an international perspective, the 45th president doesn't seem like a bolt from the blue.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster delivers a speech at the  Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, in Munich, Germany. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

At the Munich Security Conference, the United States Lacked Bravery and Leadership

The Trump administration looked small and inconsequential on the international stage.

U.S. and Turkish flags are seen together on February 14 in Istanbul.  (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late

McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson are having tough conversations with Turkish counterparts.

Faraj Ghazi al-Jamous, a Syrian refugee who was prevented from travel to the United States due to President Donald Trump's executive order blocking entry to citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, holds out a certificate provided by the International Organisation of Migration verifying that he "completed an intensive cultural orientation course" for resettlement, in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 1, 2017. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Undercut U.S. Refugee Resettlement. Here’s One Way to Restore It.

Instead of closing resettlement offices and blocking the entry of people from war-ravaged countries, the United States should maintain its historical commitments.

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump burns during demonstration in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 11, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Team’s Blinkered Obsession With the Iran Deal Is Poisoning the Well

Opponents of the nuclear agreement have distorted the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses sanctions and the Iran nuclear deal in the White House on Oct. 13, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Use of Sanctions May Be Unsustainable

The president risks weakening one of America's most formidable policy tools.

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