2017

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.

President Donald Trump at Yokota Air Base at Fussa in Tokyo on November 5, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

German soldiers beside a tank during World War II (German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons).

WWII query: Why did France surrender so quickly while Russia held out for years?

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

This map shows the change in election results of 102 populist parties across 39 European countries between 2000 and 2017. (European Populism: Trends, Threads, and Future Prospects)

2017 Was the Year of False Promise in the Fight Against Populism

The populist wave seems like it may have crested. The data proves otherwise.

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Out With The Old: New Books on Collusion, Civil War, Doomsday, and Other Happy Tidings

FP staffers learn how democracies die and why Mussolini wrote a bodice ripper.

Servicemen salute during the inauguration ceremony of the Aegis Ashore Romania facility on May 12, 2016. (Daniel Mihailescu /AFP/Getty Images)

Situation Report: Russia Slams U.S. Missile Defense Sale to Japan

Saudi blockade of Yemen taking a toll, Turkey buys Russian military kit

Haig Papazian, Carl Gerges, and Hamed Sinno, members of the band Mashrou' Leila, in New York on Nov. 1. After their concert in Cairo in September, Egypt intensified a crackdown on its LGBT community. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

2017 Was a Bad Year for Egypt’s LGBT Community. 2018 Could Be Even Worse.

Egyptian authorities are using a "debauchery" law to justify a crackdown on gay and trans people.

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

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A man reads a newspaper in Perth, Australia, on Dec. 18. (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

11 Stories You May Have Missed in 2017

Logging a primeval forest, Mexican murders, Arctic pathogens, the Russian hack you didn’t hear about, and more.

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.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalan Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont during their meeting at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on April 20, 2016. (Curto de la Torre/AFP/Getty Images)

Catalonia’s Crisis Is Just Getting Started

Spain's prime minister tried, and failed, to strong-arm Catalonia. The result is an enduring stalemate.

Men wave rainbow and 'black lives matter' flags while marching in the annual LGBTQI Pride Parade on June 25, 2017 in San Francisco. (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

2017 Was the Year I Learned About My White Privilege

I used to be a smart-alecky conservative who scoffed at “political correctness.” The Trump era has opened my eyes.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during a White House briefing Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

An Old Colonel Looks at General Kelly

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

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.

An overview of the second day of the Workers' Party of Korea. (AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: The North Korea Squeeze Is On

U.S. strikes in Somalia and Pakistan keep the Long War grinding on

Migrants rest at a detention center in the Libyan city of Zawiyah on June 17. (Taha Jawashi/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Is Shocked — Shocked — By Libya’s Slave Markets

The continent is finally admitting what it has known all along: that its migration policies are complicit in crimes against humanity.

President Donald Trump in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument on July 6, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Save Poland From Itself

Reagan intervened to rescue Poland from authoritarianism. Trump should do the same thing.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the National Palace in Mexico City on April 24, 2017. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Corruption Is Mexico’s Original Sin

Personal enrichment has always been central to Mexico's political system — and only a revolution can change that.

President Donald Trump on his way to West Virginia on August 3, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

America Is Nowhere Near a Constitutional Crisis

Even if Donald Trump fires Robert Mueller, the country's constitutional system still wouldn't be threatened.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis at a cabinet meeting in the White House on Dec. 6, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Mattis as defense secretary: What it means for us, for the military, and for Trump

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

Aida Abdulla speaks to Dr Samrin Farouk Habbani at the Khartoum Breast Care Centet on Oct. 15, 2015.  (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

The Crime of Gender Inequality in Global Health

There’s no way we’ll be able to grapple with the coming health crises unless we fix the gaping problem of women’s empowerment in global health.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 21. (Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: How Moscow Did It

Russia pushing back against U.S. arms sales to Ukraine

Robert Mueller gets hold of emails from the presidential transition. The Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. And a U.S. citizen is being held as an enemy combatant in Iraq. It’s been a wild week before Christmas.

Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Beam Me Up, Santa” Edition

Robert Mueller got hold of emails from the presidential transition and the Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. Yes, seriously.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley votes during a U.N. Security Council meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Dec. 22. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Votes For New Sanctions Against North Korea

North Koreans working abroad are a source of cash. They won’t be anymore.

South Korean policemen participate in an anti-terror drill at the Olympic Staduim, venue of the Opening and Closing ceremony on Dec. 12, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Will North Korea Blow Up the Winter Olympics?

It’s possible. But here are a few steps Washington, Seoul, and Pyongyang can take to keep the 2018 Winter Games peaceful.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Brussels on December 14, 2017. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

If You’re Not a Democracy, You’re Not European Anymore

The EU is finally declaring it's a club with rules — and that countries like Poland might not belong.

Palestinian and Lebanese protestors wave the yellow Hezbollah flags during a demonstration in Lebanon's southern border town of Naqura on Dec. 21,  to denounce the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s North Korean Playbook to Protect Its Nuclear Program

Tehran is building up Hezbollah as leverage against an attack by Israel.

U.S. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) (L) speaks during a hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill, May 23, in Washington, DC. ( Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Congressional Republicans Are Pulling a Bait-and-Switch in the Trump-Russia Investigation

Signs are mounting that the House Intelligence Committee plans on prematurely abdicating its work. 

Muslim worshippers perform Friday noon prayer near the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem's Old City's al-Aqsa mosque compound on Dec. 22, 2017. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestine Is a Victim of the Iranian-Saudi War

The two regional powerhouses are more focused on fighting each other than challenging Trump's Jerusalem decision.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to troops in a hangar at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on Dec. 21, (Mandel Ngain/AFP/Getty Images)

Situation Report: Big Pentagon Changes Coming in 2018

Trump transgender ban blocked by courts again, Pence in Afghanistan

President Donald Trump, with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, on August 10, 2017.  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Set a Scary Strategic Precedent

There's a reason why other administrations didn’t plan national security policy this way.

A flame from a Saudi Aramco oil installation  burns brightly during sunset in the Saudi desert on June 23, 2008.
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Cyberattack Targets Safety System at Saudi Aramco

One report points to Iran, but the evidence is far from conclusive.

Arvind Kejriwal poses for a photograph with party members during a public rally in Nov. 2016. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Political Outsiders: From Protest to Politics to Power

A new documentary traces an Indian anti-corruption party’s rise to power. But life has not stood still since filming stopped.

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Beijing Builds Its Influence in the American Media

How one of America's biggest Chinese-language newspapers amplifies China’s message.

A judge's gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Federal Court Vacancies Are a Crisis. Military Judges Are the Solution.

A modest proposal to solve a growing problem in America’s judicial system.

Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz meets Chinese President Xi Jinping after a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on March 13, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

What Would a Saudi-Iran War Look Like? Don’t look now, but it is already here

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

A sea turtle swims over bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, in February 2016. (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers)

The Guardians of the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s scientists are working against time and climate change politics to save their beloved coral reef.

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Deep Pockets, Deep Cover

The UAE Is paying Ex-CIA officers to build a spy empire in the Gulf

U.S. President Donald Trump and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker at a G20 economic summit on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Populism Is a Problem. Elitist Technocrats Aren’t the Solution.

The problem isn’t too much democracy — it’s too little.

Vladimir Snidl in the Denník N newsroom in Bratislava, Slovakia, in December. (Tomáš Benedikovič for Foreign Policy)

‘Fake News’ Fights Back

Russian disinformation. A government attacking the media. A populace deeply skeptical of it. These Slovak journalists had seen it all — and decided to do something about it.

Britain's former Prime Minister David Cameron sits in the Royal Box on Centre Court following the women's singles semi-finals on the tenth day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 13. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

David Cameron Didn’t Just Sell Out to China

China’s global economic ambitions require help, and it’s entirely appropriate for the United Kingdom to offer it.

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A Crisis of Leadership at the Military Intelligence Agency’s Watchdog Office

Since two whistleblowers stepped forward two years ago, morale at the Defense Intelligence Agency Office of the Inspector General has plummeted.

Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, leaves Federal Court on Dec. 1, in Washington, DC.(Brendan Smialowksi/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Counsel Knew in January Flynn Probably Violated the Law

Don McGahn was looking at whether the national security advisor violated federal laws just days after Trump moved into the White House.

New High Commissioner of the United Nations (UN) for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein of Jordan, gestures after a press conference on October 16, 2014 in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Human Rights Chief to Leave, Citing ‘Appalling’ Climate for Advocacy

Zeid Ra'ad Hussein worries the global retreat from human rights makes his job untenable.

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We’re getting out of the Marines because we wanted to be part of an elite force

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Dec. 18, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Haley Warns Diplomats on Jerusalem: Trump Is Watching You

“We will take note of each and every vote on this issue.”

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Billionaires May be the Future of Space Travel

Privately funded space ventures are altering the industry … and, maybe, the final frontier itself.

U.S. Marines assigned to Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands stack boxes of tarps from the U.S. Agency for International Development as they prepare supplies for distribution at Douglas-Charles Airport in Melville Hall, Dominica, Sept 29. (Sgt. Melissa Martens/U.S. Marines via Getty Images)

Let USAID Run USAID

Rex Tillerson’s “terrible mistake” is actually the right thing to do.

A girl walks among rubbish in a slum in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Nov. 9, 2016. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Nominee Concedes Saudi Siege of Yemen Could Be Violating U.S. Law

Sen. Todd Young lifts a hold on the president’s pick for the next State Department legal advisor, after extracting a promise to review Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Blames North Korea for Global Ransomware Outbreak

The announcement comes amid heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C, Dec. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Grade Trump’s National Security Strategy on a Curve

Strategizing for this president isn’t easy. But that excuse only gets you so far.

Then-president-elect Donald J. Trump arrives at his inauguration at the United States Capitol on Jan. 20, in Washington, D.C. (Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images)

The United States of America Is Decadent and Depraved

The problem isn’t Donald Trump – it’s the Donald Trump in all of us.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech on his National Security Strategy on Dec. 18, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Two Cheers for Trump’s National Security Strategy

Its survey of the world is mostly accurate, but the discussion of domestic policy falls flat.

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China’s Flagship TV Network Hasn’t Registered as a Foreign Agent

Based in Washington, CCTV America broadcasts Beijing-controlled news to English-speaking households across the United States.

U.S. Joint Forces Command Commander James Mattis speaks during the 2010 Atlantic Council awards dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 28, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

The ouster of Mattis: Some follow-up details and a White House response

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

A U.S. Army Patriot Missile launcher sits near the Saudi Arabia border in Kuwait in January 2003. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SitRep: Kremlin Blasts Trump Strategy, Saudi Intercepts Another Houthi Missile

McMaster has tough words for North Korea, which Washington accuses of cyber attack

U.S President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C, Dec. 18.(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Buckle Up for Year 2 of Trump

Four major crises the president is steering America toward in the year ahead.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his administration's National Security Strategy in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s National Security Strategy Deserves to Be Ignored

The Trump administration claims — and fails — to provide a plan to keep Americans safe.

Cyril Ramaphosa in a press conference in London on September 25, 2017. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

Cyril Ramaphosa Isn’t South Africa’s Savior

The newly elected leader of the African National Congress is being treated like a messiah. But he might not even win the next election.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Dec. 18, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.N. Security Council Takes Aim at U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem

The U.S. vetoed the resolution, which Nikki Haley called an “insult” to America that “won’t be forgotten.”

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28 in Washington, DC. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images)

Does Trump’s National Security Strategy Have a Values Deficit?

The administration notices growing competition with authoritarian countries, but skirts around the source of conflict.

New Eurogroup President Mário Centeno gestures as he addresses a press conference at the European Council in Brussels on Dec. 4. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

Portugal Has Emerged as Europe’s Booming Anti-Germany

Lisbon got its economy back on track by ditching austerity, and now Berlin is eating crow.

President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

The NSS and the China Challenge

The president and his team deserve credit for formulating a coherent, cohesive approach to battling Beijing.

Topographic map of North Korea. (Wikimedia Commons)

Why ‘5027’ is a number you should know: How war in Korea might unfold

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

The Shanghai skyline on Jan. 18, 2016. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Combatting Chinese Economic Coercion in the NSS

The Trump administration needs a robust plan to make sure America remains the world’s most powerful economy.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Dec. 15. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Tillerson Backtracks on Overture to North Korea, Slams China and Russia

"North Korea must earn its way back to the table," Tillerson told U.N.

A German designed Leopard AS1 Gun Tank from the Australian 1st Armored Regiment at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, Australia. (U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons)

Hey, shut up about being the best military in the world, because we might not be (A)

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

Same-sex activists outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s Democracy

The Communist Party is baffled — and angered — by the new activism across the straits.

SitRep: Trump and Putin Chat; White House Staffers Rip Into Tillerson and McMaster

China keeps building islands, U.S. Army takes a hard looks at its Mosul operation

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on November 20, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

What Vladimir Putin Really Wants in the Middle East

A new book translates Russia’s fears and hopes for Syria, and the wider region, for an American audience.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley shows evidence intending to prove Iran provided Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms on Dec. 14, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Haley’s ‘Smoking Gun’ on Iran Met With Skepticism at U.N.

She claims 'undeniable evidence' that Iran is violating U.N. restrictions. But not everyone is on board yet.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the State Department on April 19, in Washington, DC.  (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson Is About to Make a Terrible Mistake

The knives are out for "F" at the State Department. The secretary should be strengthening rather than dismantling it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 14 (Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Praises, Defends Trump and Revs Up Own Re-election Bid

In his annual marathon press conference, the Russian president buttered up his American counterpart and cut loose from the party he once led.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster gives a keynote speech in front of the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 13. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images.)

The Guerrilla Campaign Against McMaster Is Alive and Well

Now critics claim the national security advisor is hurting efforts to recruit senior White House intelligence advisors.

Omar Ashmawy, staff director at the Office of Congressional Ethics. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Head of Congressional Ethics Office Sued for Abusing Position, Accused of Assaulting Women

A key official involved in House investigations faces a federal lawsuit alleging misconduct.

The Mexican, U.S., and Canadian flags in Ottawa, Ontario, on Sept. 24.
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America Needs NAFTA to Win

The U.S. economy has grown because of NAFTA. Scuttling it now would do grievous damage.

A closed-circuit TV camera is mounted on a building roof in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC on Nov. 3 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Whistleblower Guardian for Spies Escorted Out of Intelligence Agency Building

The clashes at the Office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General continue to escalate.

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Excerpt From ‘Illusions of Victory’: Here’s Why the Iraqi Awakening Broke Down

In Iraq, the U.S invasion toppled over society and let sectarian dynamics run their course.

Muslim worshippers walk in front of the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem on July 30, 2008. (Ahed Izhiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Doesn’t Want to Talk About Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia's rulers have lots of worries, but Trump's announcement about the holy city isn't one of them.

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The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco

Overflights, mapping fiber-optic networks, "strange activities." Moscow's West Coast spies were busy.

North Korean leaders meet during the 8th Conference of Munitions Industry at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang on December 14. (AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: New Drama Over Potential Talks With North Korea

New report out on U.S. weapons used by ISIS; Senator blasts Tillerson

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Number 10 Downing Street on December 11, 2017. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Theresa May Just Negotiated Away the United Kingdom

The price of hard Brexit will be the end of the nation as we know it.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Had Spurned Talks With U.S. Due to Trump’s Latest Sanctions

Despite months of secret contacts, North Korea has been playing hard to get back to the negotiating table – even as Rex Tillerson reaches out again.

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 23 (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Israel Should Be Worried About Getting Into Bed with Trump

There’s long been a bipartisan consensus on support for Israel. That may soon be history.

Bahraini men hold up a national flag and a placard reading in Arabic "Jerusalem is the compass of the revolutionaries" during a demonstration in the village of Diraz on July 10, 2015. (Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

From Bahrain to Jerusalem

A Bahraini delegation's trip to Israel is the latest sign of the Gulf monarchies' burgeoning alliance with the Jewish state.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi waits for a meeting with John Kerry, then the U.S. secretary of state, in Cairo on Sept. 13, 2014. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt’s Civil Society Is on Life Support

Under the guise of fighting a "war on terrorism," Cairo is cracking down on organizations that shed light on its abuses.

Guns are on display during the Nation's Gun Show on Nov. 18, 2016 at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Why is Lloyd’s of London Insuring American Guns?

The iconic British insurance market is good at pooling risk. But critics fear the policies it underwrites could fuel gun violence.

A Department of Homeland Security official at a train station in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 7, 2006. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Seeks to Slash Counterterrorism Funding

On the chopping block: incident response teams, air marshals, and nuclear detection.

A rainbow glows in the sky behind trees in blossom on April 11, 2012 over the city of Geneva.  (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Reading Rainbow: Take a Look

With the holidays upon us, a collection of military and history books worth checking out.

A damaged circuitboard. (Flickr)

Learning to Fight When Screens Go Dark

If we woke up tomorrow and found that none of our laptops, iPhones, iPads, or personal assistants worked, what would we do?

Flanked by members of the U.S. military, President Donald Trump signs the National Defense Authorization Act on December 12. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

SitRep: McMaster Calls Out Russia, While Trump Squashes Russian Rules in Bill

Haley to offer evidence of Iranian meddling; another General sees victory in Afghanistan

Incoming Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on December 12, 2017 at the parliament in Warsaw. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s Prime Minister Is a Technocrat Banker and a Far-Right Populist at the Same Time

Mateusz Morawiecki used to run an international bank. Now he leads an illiberal government.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a forum on U.S.-South Korea relations at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 12. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Open to Talks With North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State says he'll talk "until the first bomb drops," redoubling a diplomatic effort to defuse the threat of a nuclear showdown.

Leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz makes a phone call during a party congress on December 9, 2017 in Berlin.
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The Fate of Social Democracy Is Being Decided in Germany

Germany's center-left is considering another bargain with Angela Merkel, with the EU hanging in the balance — and its own survival.

Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Dec. 10, 2017. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Why Recognizing Jerusalem Is Good for Peace

Until the Palestinians realize that Israel is here to stay and start negotiating in earnest, it behooves Washington to signal that they are losing ground.

Various members of the Afghan armed forces unload a casualty from an ambulance at the Tirinkot airbase in Uruzgan province on May 4.

The Walking Dead

As U.S. troops draw down, the Afghan military struggles to provide care for its countless wounded soldiers — on the battlefield and at home.

An atomic bomb blast in Nevada in 1951. (Wikimedia Commons)

Quote of the Day 

How the military misapprehends cyberspace — and how that in turn undercuts cyber deterrence.

Vladimir Putin and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller examine a map of the Nord Stream gas project outside Vyborg, Russia on Sept. 6, 2011. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress Weighs Threat of Moscow Wielding the Energy Weapon

The “mere threat of a cutoff gives Russia political leverage” over Europe.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting the Chemical Material Institute. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Is North Korea Making Bio Weapons?

Russia sticking around Syria; How ISIS built its arsenal

Graffiti depicting U.S. President Donald Trump on the Israeli separation barrier between the West Bank town of Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Aug. 25. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Jerusalem: After 30 Years of Hope and Failure, What’s Next for Israel/Palestine?

The United States has forfeited its authority as a neutral broker. It may be time for the Palestinian street to have its say.

U.S. President Donald Trump in a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at the White House on June 6. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

America Is Heading for an Unprecedented Constitutional Crisis

The Republican Party is ready to serve as an accomplice to obstruction of justice.

U.S. President Donald Trump with a proclaimation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s Jerusalem Policy Is More Ambiguous Than It Seems

And that's going to lead to even bigger problems down the road.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster on February 20. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Grand Strategy Is Overrated

Why President Trump shouldn’t necessarily heed the long-term vision of his own National Security Strategy.

The U.S. capitol building on Sep. 27, 2013. (Getty Images)

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

President Trump can’t let the House and Senate play politics with Iranian nuclear deal.

Edward III counting the dead after the battle of Crécy. (Wikimedia Commons)

Moral Repugnance: A Response to ‘Can’t Kill Enough to Win? Think Again’

There are multiple ways to describe retired Lt. Cols. David Bolgiano and John Taylor’s article in the December issue of Proceedings.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks with Vladimir Putin in Cairo on December 11. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Putin Lands in Syria, Talks Defense Deals With Egypt

Another big resignation at State Dept.; Iranian missiles with American parts

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump wait for a luncheon with African leaders on Sept. 20, 2017 in New York. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Diplomat’s Resignation Signals Wider Exodus From State Department

One diplomat’s stinging resignation letter offers a glimpse into declining morale at the State Department under Trump.

The State Department seal on the podium before a photo opportunity from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, June 9 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

White House Names Trump Loyalist to Iran Policy Job at State Department

The Trump administration’s pick for the Iran post will likely back a more aggressive stance.

President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Dec. 6. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Blindsided Palestinian Leaders on Jerusalem Designation

U.S. officials failed to mention the impending recognition of the holy city as Israel's capital just days before Trump's announcement.

Mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launchers during a rehearsal of the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 5, 2014. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

As Russia Subverts Missile Treaty, U.S. Looking at New Weapons

Since 1987, Europe has been off limits for medium-range missiles. Russia — and now the United States — seems ready to tear up that detente.

Robert Mueller gets hold of emails from the presidential transition. The Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. And a U.S. citizen is being held as an enemy combatant in Iraq. It’s been a wild week before Christmas.

Rational Security on the E.R.: The “When You’re President They Let You Do It” Edition

From possibly obstructing justice to keeping his finances under wraps, President Trump is giving new meaning to “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”

Michael Flynn after his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse on December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Unsolved Mystery of Michael Flynn’s Plea Deal

It might be a dramatic breakthrough in the investigation of Donald Trump — or a revelation of Robert Mueller’s weak hand.

The nuclear football. (Wikimedia Commons)

It Is High Time to Do Away With the President’s Nuclear ‘Football’

The recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on nuclear weapons introduced some unsettling possibilities.

U.S. President Donald Trump with other world leaders on the first day of the G-20 economic summit on July 7 in Hamburg, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Who’s Afraid of a Balance of Power?

The United States is ignoring the most basic principle of international relations, to its own detriment.

Chinese 100 yuan notes and one U.S. dollar on Jan. 6, 2017. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Trust China’s Opening of Its Financial Sector

Inviting foreign investors into a closed economy is a lot easier said than done.

Palestinian Hamas militants  in the Gaza Strip, on December 7. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

SitRep: Trump Jerusalem Decision Sparks Day of Rage Across Middle East

Temporary government funding bill pushed through, fighting ebbs in Yemen

President Donald Trump holds up a proclaimation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6, at the White House. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is Not a Disaster

But the Trump administration needs to walk a very fine line with Palestine and Arab states.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a press conference at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna on Dec. 7.
(AFP/APA/Hans Punz/Austria OUT)

Tillerson: Biggest Snag in U.S.-Russia Relations is Ukraine, Not Election Meddling

U.S. ‘badly’ wants to mend fences with Moscow, Secretary of State Tillerson says.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Putin Uses Olympic Ban to Rally Support for His Presidential Bid

The IOC’s unprecedented ban on Russia for sports doping feeds his narrative of a nation under siege.

A Hezbollah supporter displays a picture of Iran's late Ayatollah Khomeini, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 1. (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Both Obama and Trump Stoked the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry

The United States should find a more effective way to deter Tehran and restrain Riyadh.

Leaders hold a meeting on Afghanistan during the NATO 2014 summit in Newport, South Wales, on Sep. 4, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO’s Little Noticed but Important New Aggressive Stance on Cyber Weapons

Not many people noticed it, but last month, NATO made a dramatic change in its cyber policy.

The logo of news website BuzzFeed as seen on a computer screen in Washington on March 25, 2014. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)

BuzzFeed Subpoenas Companies for DNC Hacking Information

Amid legal battle, the news site is continuing its efforts to validate the Trump dossier.

A giant US flag screened alongside Israel's national flag by the Jerusalem municipality on the walls of the old city on Dec. 6.
(AFP photo / Ahmad Gharabali)

Trump Just Sabotaged His Own Peace Process

The president has ended any hope that the United States can broker a diplomatic solution in the Holy Land.

US special operations forces near Raqqa, Syria on May 25, 2016. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Acknowledges 2,000 Troops in Syria

Officials have no plans to withdraw U.S. forces until ISIS is beaten.

A Syrian refugee family from Aleppo takes shelter during a rainy day on March 8, 2014 in Istanbul. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany Is Preparing to Send Refugees Back to Syria

Syria’s war isn’t over, but a growing number of German policymakers are trying to revoke asylum and send Syrians back home — against their will, if necessary.

Newly elected President Adama Barrow arrives in Banjul, Gambia, from Senegal after the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh on Jan. 26. (Xaume Olleros/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The President Giving Hope to Africa’s Democrats

Gambian President Adama Barrow was born the same year his country gained independence. Now, 52 years later, he’s tasked with putting it back together again.

Canadian *Foreign Affairs Minister* Chrystia Freeland arrives for a meeting with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means in Washington on Oct. 11. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Politician Advancing a Values-Driven Alternative to Global Leadership

This year, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland warned her country not to take the liberal world order for granted.

Left: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey pose backstage at the Glamour 2017 Women of The Year Awards in New York on Nov. 13. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour); Right: Ronan Farrow at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on Oct. 6, 2015. (Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

The Journalists Igniting a Conversation on Sexual Assault

Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow exposed Harvey Weinstein’s crimes against women. Thousands around the word said, “#MeToo.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 17, 2015. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin Isn’t as Russian as He Seems

The Russian president cloaks himself in nationalism, but that’s not where his heart is.

The Israeli flag flies in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem on Dec. 1, 2017. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the U.S. Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem Matter?

Israel currently sits athwart two countervailing strategic trends.

Members of the U.S. Marine Corp honor guard salute during the singing of the National Anthem. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Nervy Idea For the Marines, and Some Outspoken Officers, in the USMC Gazette

Maj. Matthew Peterson suggests in the December issue of “Marine Corps Gazette” that the Marines form a “Marine Legion."

The US embassy in Tel Aviv on December 6. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images).

SitRep: U.S. Military Preparing for Violence in Wake of Trump Jerusalem Announcement

Marines deploying to embassies, Yemen gets worse, Tillerson's chilly reception in Europe

The Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on November 27, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump to Announce Recognition of Jerusalem

The administration risks riling the region to fulfill a campaign promise.

Pakistani soldiers walk at the premises of an Agriculture Training Institute after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Dec. 1, 2017. (Abdul Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Has No Plans to Lift Freeze on Funds for Pakistan

Even after the Pentagon chief’s visit to Islamabad, the two sides remain at an impasse.

Members of the New York Immigration Coalition, recent immigrants, and activists rally outside of Trump Tower in New York on Nov. 6. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. Cities Want to Join U.N. Migration Talks That Trump Boycotted

Urban centers want a seat at the table, even if the White House doesn’t.

Philippine Senator Leila de Lima waves to supporters after appearing in court outside Manila on Feb. 24. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

A Message From Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima

The 2017 Global Thinker hopes that the world will "keep watching the Philippines."

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on former national security adviser Michael Flynn's lying to the FBI prior to his Marine One departure from the South Lawn of the White House Dec. 4, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Guilty

The only remaining question is what exactly he’s guilty of.

Rescue teams work amid the ruins of Colegio Enrique Rébsamen in Mexico City on Sept. 20. (Jose Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)T

The Earthquake to Come in Mexico

With a wave of corruption scandals sweeping out Latin American governments, is Mexico's next to fall?

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Oct. 28, 2015. (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Take Aim At Tillerson’s Botched State Department Redesign

Two top lawmakers take aim at Tillerson's handling of State Department reform, again.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Pearce sits next to a young boy during a visit to Shiek Burhan Al Asee's house during a patrol of the Riyahd village in Iraq on March 8, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)

Quote of the day: For what purpose would you need a combat rocking chair?

Answer: For a military chaplain to hold and comfort wounded and dying Iraqi children.

A man takes a picture of the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem, on December 4. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Allies Warn Trump About Jerusalem Decision

Washington tells Moscow to show its roll in Syria; Huge new U.S./South Korean military exercise

President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Evidence Is Damning: What Team Trump Knew and When

We already know that the Trump campaign was aware of — and intended to profit from — Moscow’s interference in the election.

Michael Flynn, former national security advisor to President Donald Trump, leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse  in Washington on Dec. 1. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Flynn’s Lies Are Just the Latest in a Series

The former national security adviser's plea deal must be understood in the context of various deceits by the president and his associates.

Steve Bannon addresses the 2017 California Republican Party Convention in Anaheim on Oct. 20. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The Political Operative Shaping President Trump’s ‘America First’ Agenda

From Breitbart News to the White House, Steve Bannon represents a powerful and disruptive force that has reshaped American politics.

Director Roya Sadat on set in Kabul on Nov. 19. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Director Bringing the Story of Afghan Women to the Screen

As a teenager, Roya Sadat organized performances dramatizing the Taliban’s appalling treatment of women. Today, she is one of the country’s most prominent filmmakers.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 15:  Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee member Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) listens to testimony during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill November 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams testified before the committee about community-level health promotion programs and businesses that offer incentives to employees that practice healthy lifestyles.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

GOP Senator Presses Trump Administration Over Deadly Saudi Blockade in Yemen

Sen. Todd Young is holding up a key State Department confirmation until the White House helps ease the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen.

Ho Dang Hoa in Hanoi on Nov. 22. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Producer Helping Show the Vietnam War in a New Light

In Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's “The Vietnam War,” Ho Dang Hoa shaped the Vietnamese side of the story.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attends an Arab League summit in Jordan on March 29. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

The Prime Minister Putting His Country Back Together

Haider al-Abadi has one of the world’s hardest jobs: driving ISIS out of Iraq, launching reforms to the public sector, and preventing his country from being used as a battleground.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on June 28. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu via Getty Images)

The President Trying to Rebuild Decent Democratic Leadership

Despite inheriting a corruption scandal and a looming threat to the north, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is pushing for open government, dialogue, and peace.

Demonstrators participate in a “Me Too” survivors’ march in Los Angeles on Nov. 12. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The Women Who Came Forward

In 2017, what started as a trickle became a waterfall, as women across the world began sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault as part of the #MeToo campaign.

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FP’s 2017 Leading Global Thinkers

2017 was a year of reckoning. These minds found remarkable ways not just to rethink our strange new world but also to reshape it.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster at the White House on June 26. (Nicholas Kamim/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: New Trump National Security Strategy Wrapped Up

New fighting in Yemen may have claimed former president, Pentagon buildup not looking good

U.S. Navy Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 fly on a P8-A Poseidon aircraft on Nov. 2. (Carlos Reyes/AFP/Getty Images)

In Return to Cold War Posture, U.S. Sending Sub-Hunting Planes to Iceland

NATO and the United States are confronting years of neglect of their submarine-detecting capabilities, while Russia has pulled even.

President Donald Trump leaves the lecture after addressing the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump Boycotts U.N. Migration Talks

The White House’s ‘America First’ policymakers see little gain in setting the global rules for migration.

Boxer Conor McGregor attends an after fight party on August 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife)

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Former British Colony Scorned

The U.K.'s biggest hurdle to a successful Brexit is the small country next door.

Michael Flynn, former national security advisor to U.S.President Donald Trump, leaves following his plea hearing at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 1, 2017 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Mike Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI, Is Cooperating on Russia Probe

The former national security adviser was asked by Trump team officials to make contact with the Russians.

Delegates attend a session of United Nations Human Rights Council on June 6, in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

How Not to Fix the U.N. Human Rights Council

The Trump administration wants reform. But putting Israel above all other priorities is a big mistake.

The Kenwa Center for HIV positive women in Nairobi, Kenya in December, 2006. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

Proposed U.S. Cuts to AIDS Funding Could Cause Millions of Deaths: Report

While the Trump administration praises its progress on the AIDS fight, health campaigners warn they are making the fight that much harder.

General Ulysses S. Grant at Cold Harbor (Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

The reflective leader: A major lesson from the memoirs of U.S. Grant

Grant's memoirs show that self-awareness and honest reflection are crucial to leadership

Ulysses S. Grant. (Wikimedia Commons)

War and Reconstruction: Ron Chernow’s marvelous new biography of U.S. Grant

In the years following the Civil War, the American south descended into chaos.

US Marine Corps vehicles near Raqqa in northern Syria on March 27. (Delil Souleima/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: Tillerson Still in; The Pentagon’s Magic Numbers in Syria

U.S. looks to fly armed drones in Niger; privatizing covert ops; and lots more

Robert Mueller gets hold of emails from the presidential transition. The Pentagon has been researching sightings of UFOs. And a U.S. citizen is being held as an enemy combatant in Iraq. It’s been a wild week before Christmas.

Rational Security on The E.R.: The “Power of Delusional Thinking” Edition

Mike Flynn may be cooperating with Mueller’s investigation, but the president thinks there’s nothing to worry about.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about taxes at the St. Charles, Missouri, Convention Center on Nov. 29.
 (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is How Every Genocide Begins

Why Trump’s most un-American moment can’t be overlooked.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris on October 24, 2017.(CHARLES PLATIAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Sisi Doesn’t Know How to Beat ISIS

Egypt’s brute-force approach to counterterrorism isn’t working in Sinai.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves for meetings after posing for photos for the press at the State Department on Nov. 29 in Washington. (Saul Loeb/AFPGetty Images)

Rexit: Secretary of State Tillerson Could Soon Get the Boot

Reports suggest Trump is mulling replacing the embattled secretary of state with CIA head Pompeo, and putting Sen. Tom Cotton at CIA.

U.S. President Barack Obama presides over a meeting of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 28, 2009. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

A Key Intelligence Advisory Board Has No Members

President Trump’s antipathy toward the intel community extends to the Intelligence Advisory Board.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on Nov. 13. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

The West needs a strong, committed, engaged White House to hedge against China’s inexorable rise.

A U.S. flag is adjusted ahead of a news conference between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on Jan. 27, 2016. (Jacquelyn Martin/AFP/Getty Images)

Feds Quietly Reveal Chinese State-Backed Hacking Operation

Prosecutors say Chinese hackers from a mysterious cybersecurity firm stole corporate secrets from three big firms.

Lt. Gen. John H. Cushman in the classroom. (U.S. Army)

An Appreciation of Recently Departed Lieutenant General John H. Cushman

Gen. “Jack” Cushman, former commandant of the U.S. army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) from 1973-1976, died earlier this month at 96.