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U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics

Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.

A Somali American protester kneels during a call for justice for George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by police, in Minneapolis on June 1.

‘This Is Personal’: Minnesota’s Somali Americans Fear Reckoning in Second Trump Term

A solid blue state is closer to being in play this year—galvanizing Somali Americans in an election they call “do or die.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ginsburg’s Death Could Change the 2020 Presidential Race

Trump will try to replace her quickly, saying the future of the Supreme Court is at stake.

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The Biden-FDR Connection Runs Deeper Than You Think

One was a patrician governor; the other a middle-class Joe steeped in the Senate. But their fates may be intertwined.

President Xi Jinping pictured with Joe Biden on Aug. 18, 2011, when they were each vice president of China and the United States, respectively, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Biden Has a Serious Credibility Problem in Asia

U.S. allies have grown comfortable with Trump and his tough approach to China—and are anxious about a Biden victory.

U.S Vice President Joe Biden meets with troops during a visit with Jordan's King Abdullah at a joint Jordanian-American training center on March 10, 2016 in Zarqa northeast of Amman, Jordan.

Under Biden, the Middle East Would Be Just Another Region

The Democratic presidential candidate would stop sucking up to the region's autocrats, but he also wouldn’t give much encouragement to liberals.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on Jan. 27, 2017.

This Election Has Become Dangerous for the U.S. Military

Trump is losing support among the troops. That’s just one reason why the military risks getting sucked into the campaign.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump votes at his local polling station in New York's primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City.

10 Ways Trump Is Becoming a Dictator, Election Edition

The closer the president gets to election day, the bigger the threat he poses to U.S. democracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump salutes graduating West Point cadets.

Trump Has Mocked the U.S. Military His Whole Life

Egged on by his father, the U.S. president began expressing contempt for Americans who fight in wars as far back as high school, his classmates say.

Chinese President Xi Jinping accompanies Joe Biden to view an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on Aug. 18, 2011 in Beijing.

Biden Is Now a China Hawk—With Limits

The Democratic nominee is getting ready to confront Beijing—but he doesn’t want another Cold War.

Voters cast ballots in the Michigan primary election in Detroit on March 10.

America’s Elections Are Under Threat—and Congress Is Being Bypassed

The Trump administration’s decision to scale back briefings on election security needs to be reversed. Here’s how to do it.

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The October Surprise Is Already Here

A new upsurge of racial unrest during the RNC could define Trump’s 2020 campaign.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24.

What the Republican National Convention Tells Us About Trump’s Foreign Policy

Exaggeration, distortion, spin—that much was expected. More frightening were the things they didn’t say.

Then-U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak in Washington.

Pompeo and Haley Position Themselves as the Republican Standard-Bearers After Trump

In a party turning America inward, its brightest stars built their résumés on foreign policy.

The Resolute desk as U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office of the White House  March 5, 2018 in Washington.

The Obscure Constitutional Loophole That 2020 Is Blowing Wide Open

The United States has a law for disputed elections—but it’s not ready for this year's presidential vote.

U.S. President Donald Trump

The Republican National Convention Is Already Over

Trump, in a rambling speech, says if he loses the election was rigged.

U.S. President Donald Trump pauses during a press briefing at the White House, in Washington, DC on Aug. 19.

Why I, an Anti-Trump Republican, Didn’t Sign the Anti-Trump Letter

Many former Republican national security officials just endorsed Biden. They will be hobbled in the fight for the party’s post-Trump future.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

Accepting Nomination, Biden Implores Voters to Dump Trump

The 2020 Democratic nominee manages to unify his party. But for how long?

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The Biden Doctrine Exists Already. Here’s an Inside Preview.

The Democratic nominee and his closest advisors served in the Obama administration—but their foreign-policy vision is finding inspiration in Harry S. Truman.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28.

Why We Joined Over 70 Former Republican National Security Officials to Support Biden

A Trump empowered with a second term would be a threat to the United States, especially in Asia.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28.

How the Democrats Stole the Republicans’ Turf

In speaking for all Americans—instead of just a section of them—Biden's team has rejected the conventional narrative about how to beat Trump in November.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reacts in a video feed from Delaware after winning the votes to become the Democratic Party's nominee for president in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Aug. 18.

Biden Sets Sights on Trump

As U.S. enters final campaign stretch, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in intensive care after a suspected poisoning and Mali’s coup leaders vow to hold elections.

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Are the Democrats Downplaying Biden’s Record?

They keep touting him as a man of “character” and “empathy.” But that may not be enough to define him for the electorate.

Headlines of the UAE-based The National and Gulf News newspapers reflect the agreement between the UAE and Israel to normalize relations, in Dubai on Aug. 14.

The Israel-UAE Deal Is Trump’s First Unambiguous Diplomatic Success

It’s a historic achievement that eluded other presidents. Trump will try to make the most of it.

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Biden Picks Harris for Veep—and Bush Sr. for Himself

The Democratic candidate’s choice of vice president says more than you might think about his foreign policy—and his own self-image.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris speak.

Biden Chooses Kamala Harris as His Running Mate

The first-term senator has little foreign-policy experience, but her background as a prosecutor may earn her an outsized domestic portfolio.

Senator Kamala Harris questions Attorney General William Barr as he testifies in Washington on May 1, 2019, during the hearing to discuss the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Biden Plans to Make Harris as Powerful a Veep as He Was Under Obama

The presumptive Democratic nominee was one of the most impactful vice presidents ever.

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A Biden-Harris Ticket—and What It Means for the United States in November

Picking Kamala Harris as his running mate underscores that Joe Biden is not looking for extra heft on foreign policy—but he’s reaching out with several firsts.

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Biden Picks Kamala Harris as Running Mate

The California senator is the first Black and South Asian American woman to back up a major U.S. presidential ticket.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 28.

Annexation Isn’t Dead. A Desperate Trump Could Bring It Back to Life.

Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank seems off the agenda for now, but Trump might push Netanyahu to proceed anyway.

Empty envelopes of opened vote-by-mail ballots for the presidential primary are stacked on a table at King County Elections in Renton, Washington on March 10, 2020.

‘The Tea Leaves Suggest That if He Doesn’t Cheat, He’s Going to Lose’

The presidential historian Timothy Naftali notes there’s no historical precedent for delaying an election, even in the middle of major wars, but Trump’s Republican Party is all about holding on to power.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Iowa.

Inside the Massive Foreign-Policy Team Advising Biden’s Campaign

If Joe Biden wins, here are some of the top foreign-policy experts who could be tapped for senior and midlevel jobs in the administration.

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

The Total Destruction of U.S. Foreign Policy Under Trump

His last remaining objective is obtaining foreign help for his reelection.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris

Here’s How Biden’s Possible VP Picks Stack Up on Foreign Policy

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden align closely on foreign-policy views, but Susan Rice has by far the most direct experience in U.S. foreign-policy making.

Susan Rice speaks at the 10th Anniversary Women in the World Summit at the Lincoln Center in New York City on April 11, 2019.

The Risks of Susan Rice

If Biden picks Obama’s national security advisor as his running mate, Benghazi would hardly be her biggest vulnerability.

Federal officers stand guard after dispersing protesters in Portland, Oregon, on July 21.

In Portland, the Baby Fascists Have Shown Their Face

Fascism can happen in America. Some of it has already happened, and more will happen as Trump fights to stay in power.

Senator Joseph Biden makes remarks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Capitol Hill April 7, 2004 in Washington.

Americans Stopped Trusting Long Before Trump

Joe Biden is part of an insular Washington culture that produced the Iraq War—and the pathologies of the Trump administration.

Italy’s Benito Mussolini addresses a crowd in Rome on April 15, 1934.

Why Fascists Fail

History’s autocrats have been the architects of their own demise. Even if he seizes power, so will Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the cabinet room at the White House on July 9 in Washington, DC.

Present at the Destruction of U.S. Power and Influence

Four years of neglect, unilateralism, and failed diplomacy have left America’s alliances in tatters. It’s time to rebuild them.

John Bolton and Donald Trump

Bolton’s Book Is a Terrifying Warning About What Trump Could Still Do

Geopolitical ignorance is no longer funny when it impacts U.S. national security.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and others from the White House to visit St. John's Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd in Washington on June 1.

America’s Politicized Military Is a Recipe for Disaster

Message to both sides: Keep the military (and retired generals) out of politics and elections.

Former national security officials are ditching their jobs in the Beltway to run for Congress.

Anguished by America’s Decline, More Foreign-Policy Wonks Run for Office

More national security experts are running for Congress in 2020 than in most past elections.

Then-National Security Adviser John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump speak at the White House.

Beyond Ukraine Scandal, Bolton Says Trump Sought China’s Help for Reelection

The incident that led to the president’s impeachment was only part of a larger pattern, former national security advisor writes.

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House to go to St. John's Church in Washington on June 1.

A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope

We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden listens during a joint statement to the press with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010. While Biden has taken critical stances on Israel in his 2020 presidential campaign, he has stressed: “My commitment to Israel is absolutely unshakeable.”

Biden Resists Move Left on Foreign Policy

Though he’s eager to accommodate Bernie Sanders’s base on domestic issues, the presumptive Democratic nominee is still seen as a man of the past by progressives.

U.S. President Donald Trump, alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

China Puts the Final Kibosh on Trump’s Trade Deal

By reportedly halting major agricultural purchases, Beijing makes it likely U.S.-China relations will dramatically worsen.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the signing ceremony for the U.S.-Chinese trade agreement at the White House in Washington on Jan. 15.

Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be

His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019.

China Will Be Front and Center During the 2020 Election

Whether it’s about trade or the coronavirus, it’s possible to be tough on China without being racist or reckless.

U.S. President Donald Trump

As If Things Aren’t Bad Enough, Trump Mulls Fresh Trade War With China

U.S. considers restoring tariffs as Trump makes reprisals against Beijing the center of his 2020 reelection bid.

A man holds a copy of the Polish Constitution as police officers check his ID card after he took part in a protest in Warsaw, Poland, on April 30.

Poland Is Showing the World How Not to Run a Pandemic Election

The upcoming Polish election is shaping up to be a farce. Washington should learn from Warsaw’s mistakes before November.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about data leaks and Russian disinformation during a U.S. Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2018.

Here We Go Again: Russia Gears Up to Interfere in 2020 Election With Coronavirus Disinformation

A campaign linked to Russia aims to manipulate this year’s elections in the United States and Europe. Trump needs to let the intelligence professionals do their work.

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on a debate stage in Charleston, South Carolina.

Biden Likely to Embrace Some of Sanders’s Foreign-Policy Ideas, Especially After the Pandemic

The former vice president’s team is already in touch with the Sanders camp about a unified platform, operatives say.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2019.

Let the Referendum on Trump and Trumpism Begin

The November election isn’t just the most important political event of 2020 in the United States. It’s the most important political event in the world.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic presidential debate in Miami on June 27, 2019. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

How Republicans View a Biden-Trump Race

Our contributors weigh in on Bernie Sanders’s departure from the U.S. presidential race—and what it means for an election campaign overshadowed by the coronavirus.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March.

How the World Got Berned

Bernie Sanders left the stage just as much of the U.S. government—and the world—was turning to his socialist ideas in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus

With Biden Bearing Down, Trump Plays the ‘Wartime’ Leader

The shape of the 2020 race is now clear: a trusted establishment Democrat versus an incumbent rallying Americans against an “invisible enemy.” Can Trump pull it off?

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders square off at the Democratic presidential debate in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 15.

Big Takeaways From the Biden-Sanders Debate

Our experts weigh in on the first head-to-head debate between the two main remaining Democratic contenders.

Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Joe Biden Isn’t a Liberal or a Moderate. He’s a Christian Democrat.

The Democratic front-runner’s ideology has less to do with Obama or the Clintons than a distinct style of European conservatism.

U.S. President Donald Trump

How Trump Is Tanking His Own Presidency

His bumbling coronavirus response could well sink the economy—and his re-election chances.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Anti-Trumpism Is Now Enough

Joe Biden is calculating that after four years of Trump—and one global coronavirus pandemic—Americans have finally had their fill of populism.

Joe Biden takes a selfie with an attendee during a campaign event

It’s Time to Cancel the U.S. Presidential Campaign as We Know It

From party conventions to in-person voting, the coronavirus pandemic has made traditional election activities into deadly gambles.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders during the debate in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 25.

What Does Super Tuesday Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders will face Donald Trump in November. Here's how their views of U.S. power could reshape the world.

Joe Biden takes the stage at a campaign event in Los Angeles.

The Joe Biden Juggernaut

With his smashing Super Tuesday victories and Bloomberg's endorsement, the former vice president has suddenly become the chief 2020 challenger to Trump.

Leading Democrats including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden, seen here at a debate on Feb. 25, are all proposing energy policies that could curtail the American energy boom.

Democrats Threaten Energy Rollback

Markets might get jittery as bids by Biden, Sanders, and Warren to restrict fossil fuels move a bit closer to reality.

Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden

America’s Hinge Moment: Sanders or Biden

The results of Super Tuesday will help decide whether more Americans embrace runaway populism or a lost status quo.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 U.S. presidential candidate, speaks during the "We The People" Summit at the Warner Theater in Washington on April 1, 2019.

Grow Up About Dictators, America!

The Democrats’ presidential primary has exposed the pathological moral obsessions of U.S. foreign policy.

Matt Duss (center) attends the Netroots Nation progressive bloggers conference in Las Vegas on July 24, 2010.

Bernie’s Outsider on the Inside

Bernie Sanders wants to reinvent progressive foreign policy. Here’s the man he hopes will make that happen.

Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden take part in the U.S. presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 25.

Democrats Fail the Commander-in-Chief Test

Republican foreign-policy experts weigh in on the Democrats’ Charleston debate.

Candidates take part in the Democratic Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 19. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

The Debate That Democrats Didn’t Have in Las Vegas

Republican foreign-policy experts weigh in on the most eventful debate of the 2020 primary.

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Meet Pete Buttigieg’s Foreign-Policy Mentor

Former Pentagon official and campaign veteran Doug Wilson is helping the U.S. presidential candidate stand out from the pack on foreign policy.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers remarks during a campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee, on Feb. 12.

Is Bloomberg Vulnerable on China and Russia?

The rising Democratic challenger’s business ties to America’s biggest rivals and his sympathetic comments about Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin raise questions about how tough he’d be with them as president.

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

No, Pete Buttigieg Is Not a CIA Asset

The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the crowd during a campaign launch party in Columbia, South Carolina, on Feb. 11.

Biden’s World Experience Proves a Lead Balloon

Despite promising to restore U.S. leadership, the former vice president is fast fading from the 2020 race as his “most electable” pitch falls flat.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Unbound

The U.S. president offers a glimpse of what four more years would look like after “total acquittal” by the Senate, exacting vengeance on those he sees as his political enemies.

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders walks with President Barack Obama as he arrives at the White House for an Oval Office meeting on June 9, 2016.

Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Winning the 2020 Democratic Primary

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are ready to move past the Obama administration—except when it comes to military intervention.

A fishbone lies on a dry part of the bed of the River Loire in western France on July 24, 2019, as drought conditions prevail over much of western Europe.

5 Charts That Help Explain the State of the Environment in 2019

The world is not doing nearly enough to fight climate change, but politicians are finally starting to pay attention.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders participate in a Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 20.

Democratic Frontrunners Are Wrong About Aid for Israel

Putting America’s annual $3.8 billion of military assistance to Israel on the chopping block makes for good politics. But it makes no sense for U.S. national security.

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For the 2020 Democrats, It’s America First, Too

The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don’t count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.

U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee Nov. 20, 2019 in Washington.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Impeachment drama on full display in Washington, fallout of the U.S. recognition of Israeli settlements, and the legacy of Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks as former Vice President Joe Biden listens

Why Impeachment Is Failing—and Trump May Win in 2020

The evidence that Trump abused his office in Ukraine is overwhelming. But a flailing Democratic Party shows he is lucky in his adversaries.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the Environmental Justice Presidential Candidate Forum at South Carolina State University on November 8, 2019 in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Warren’s Plan to Rebuild the State Department Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Adding 8,000 foreign service officers won’t solve America’s diplomatic problems. State needs to prioritize data science, expand strategic planning, and encourage mid-career training, too.

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Which Democratic Candidates Are National Security Employees Opening Their Wallets for?

Data shows that members of the State Department and the military are investing in candidates who are not currently topping national polls.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a "Trump Digs Coal" sign at a rally in West Virginia, one of the states hit by the coal industry's sharp decline, on Aug. 3, 2017.

Trump Can’t Save Coal Country

With eight bankruptcies in the last year—the latest this week—coal is in deep trouble again, and that could spell trouble for Trump in 2020.

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The Fire in Syria Is Shedding Light on the United States

There’s only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It’s forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.

Members of the German military wait to have their suits decontaminated after a search for dead birds in northern Germany, where swans infected with bird flu were found, on Feb. 22, 2006.

The Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring One of the World’s Biggest Looming Threats

Whoever sits in the White House come 2021 will likely have to confront a pandemic of some kind. He or she should start preparing now.

Protesters in Hong Kong display a U.S. flag.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Violent clashes in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China’s 70th anniversary, and obstacles to solving Canada’s opioid crisis.

People hold signs reading “Don’t shoot our kids” as they gather in the Tsuen Wan area of Hong Kong on Oct. 2.

It Is Time for the United States to Stand Up to China in Hong Kong

Tweets aren’t enough. Washington must make clear that it expects Beijing to live up to its commitments—and it will respond when China does not.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses lawmakers in Tehran on Sep. 3.

The Next U.S. President Should Make a New Deal with Iran

If Democrats win in 2020, they should work with America’s regional allies to strike a new nuclear agreement while showing zero tolerance for Tehran’s regional destabilization campaign.

The stage for the first U.S. Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, on June 26,

Democrats Face a Defense Spending Conundrum

The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.

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11 Charts That Track the Weight of Foreign Policy in U.S. Primary Debates

Candidates have faced fewer global questions since the elections of 2004 and 2008, but China and trade have remained consistently popular topics.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 4, 2013.

How Democrats Can Get Tough on China—Without Imitating Trump

The current White House has legitimate concerns but counterproductive solutions.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren attend a news conference in Washington on July 24, 2018.

A Foreign-Policy Cheat Sheet for the Democratic Debates

We know what the candidates want to talk about. Here's what journalists should be asking.

John Kerry Campaigns With Ted Kennedy In Iowa

FP’s Guide to the 2020 U.S. Election Debates

Eight things to read before the candidates meet.

Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference to urge Congress not to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership on June 3, 2015.

Democrats Won’t Win by Being Trump Lite on Trade

International trade isn’t the problem—it’s Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.

Joseph Stiglitz speaks at the China Development Forum in Beijing on March 24.

An Icon of the Left Tells Democrats: Don’t Go Socialist

The economist Joseph Stiglitz still mistrusts markets. But he’s worried "democratic socialism" will cost the Dems the 2020 election.

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The 2020 Candidates Aren’t Talking About Foreign Policy. They Need to Start.

The United States caused many of the planet’s problems and can still unmake them—but only if its politicians face up to the challenge.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 15, 2016.

How Biden’s Greatest Strength Could Prove a Weakness

No one can touch him on foreign-policy experience, especially Trump. But his long voting record will also be a vulnerability, starting with Iraq.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a campaign rally at the Stone Cliff Winery on March 1, 2019 in Dubuque, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

What Democrats Can Learn From the Left

And what the left needs to learn from Democrats.

Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters legislative conference in Washington on March 12.

Uncle Joe Is Ready to Run the World

Joe Biden is the only candidate for the White House with a foreign-policy philosophy that’s proven to work.

Bernie Sanders speaks at the People's Summit in Chicago on June 10, 2017. (Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders Still Doesn’t Pass the Commander-in-Chief Test

It’s time to stop grading the Democratic front-runner’s foreign policy on a curve.

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Trump’s Trade Woes Cloud His Re-Election Chances

The new NAFTA is going nowhere, China’s not budging, and farmers are going under.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Aug. 15, 2015. (Jason Davis/Getty Images)

How Trump Stole the Democrats’ Best 2020 Foreign-Policy Stances

From trade to troop drawdowns, some Dem presidential contenders may have a hard time contrasting their views with the president’s.

Buttons of possible 2020 presidential contenders, including U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), New York State Gov. Chris Cuomo and former Vice President Joseph Biden, are seen during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Democrats Will Regret Becoming the Anti-Russia Party

Riling up the public against Moscow is good for Democrats in the short term—and bad for America.