U.S. Foreign Policy

Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, addresses crowds remotely at a rally in Beirut on Dec. 11, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the Justice Department to Hold Hezbollah Accountable

The U.S. government must answer tough questions about its efforts to stop the group’s drug trafficking activities.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, left, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting at the Pentagon on Jan. 18, in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Pence’s Visit to the Middle East Serves No Purpose

The vice president should stay home rather than inflame an already bad situation.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 16. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Doesn’t Believe in His Own Foreign Policy. Does That Matter?

The president's policies often deviate from his dangerous preferences. But these divergences present their own problems.

President Donald Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen meet in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Jan. 4. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

If You Thought 2017 Was Bad, Just Wait for 2018

Last year, Trump corroded U.S. foreign policy, but avoided disaster. This year, there are powerful reasons to think that matters will worsen.

A loaded cargo ship in Shanghai on Dec. 6, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Will Global Trade Survive 2018?

Under Trump, the international trade regime is at risk. This year could see it topple.

An activists hold up flares during an anti-corruption protest in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, on July 11, 2017. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine Needs U.S. Help to Fight Corruption

Domestic reforms are just as important as defending against Russian aggression.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Sept 20. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Mahmoud Abbas Doesn’t Have a Trump Strategy

The U.S. president seems out to get Palestine, and there's nobody with the vision or charisma to do anything about it.

President Donald Trump delivers a speech in Warsaw, Poland, on July 6, 2017. (Janet Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Nationalism Is Arbitrary, Dangerous, Incoherent, and Silly

Nationalism has a new voice. That makes it all the more imperative to take its claims seriously and meet them head on.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amidst the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest in Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Iranians Are Mad as Hell About Their Foreign Policy

Tehran's adventures abroad have triggered anger at home. Here's how American foreign policy can step up.

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs at the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s First Year in Review: Views From the Republican Bench

Foreign policy veterans from previous Republican administrations look back on 2017 — the year of Trump.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a joint press conference in Brussels on Dec. 5. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S.-EU Obligations Should Cut Both Ways in 2018

The United States should be able to count on Europe’s help in isolating Iran.

Deputy National Security Ben Rhodes edits President Barack Obama's speech aboard Air Force One (Pete Souza/White House/Flickr)

A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the asshole who is the president’s foreign policy guru

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un address the 5th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on Dec. 23. (KCNA/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Resolve to Avoid War With North Korea in 2018

The greatest danger to world peace in the coming year is the prospect of war on the Korean Peninsula — and Trump is making matters worse.

Farmers harvest rice in China's Jiangsu province  on Oct. 23. (Visual China Group via Getty Images)

The Battle of the Breadbaskets Is Coming to a Head

The United States needs to strengthen its agriculture sector — or be overtaken by China.

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