A United States Air Force F-35B Lightning II fighter jet performs an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow media preview on Feb. 9.

Why the United States Shouldn’t Sell Jets to the UAE

Selling F-35s to the United Arab Emirates could give Russia access to U.S. technology and erode Israel’s regional military edge.

Paramilitary police officers wear face masks and goggles amid COVID-19 concerns as they march outside the Forbidden City, the former palace of China's emperors, in Beijing on May 1.

U.S. at Risk of Being Outpaced by China, a New Intel Committee Report Finds

An assessment by the House Intelligence Committee says the United States will be hard-pressed to meet China’s multidimensional challenge if it stays in a counterterrorism mindset.

An airplane of Israel's El Al is adorned with the Emirati, Israeli, and U.S. flags and the word "peace" in Arabic, English, and Hebrew on arriving at the Abu Dhabi airport in the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE on Aug. 31, 2020.

Welcome to a Brand-New Middle East

Israel’s pacts with the UAE and Bahrain go far beyond the tenuous “cold peace” with Egypt and Jordan. They could even help end the conflict with the Palestinians.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

In First Debate, Biden and Trump Get Personal

But the former vice president stands his ground, largely unrattled by Trump’s constant attacks.

Colombian President Iván Duque shakes hand with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the III Hemispheric Ministerial Conference of Fight Against Terrorism in Bogota, on Jan. 20, 2020.

Washington’s ‘Blind Eye’ Toward Human Rights Abuses in Latin America

Would a Biden administration put the swagger back into America’s championing of human rights in the region?

A demonstrator holds a U.S. dollar bill burned during a protest of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 30, 2010.

Global Capital Is the Tail That Wags the U.S. Economic Dog

Economists have long imagined that the free movement of capital around the world benefits the U.S. economy. It doesn’t.

Richard Nixon

America Needs to Prosecute Its Presidents

Pardoning Trump, like Nixon before him, would be a disaster.

Mementos at a makeshift memorial for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on Sept. 19.

Trump’s Pick to Replace Ginsburg Could Make the Supreme Court ‘America First’

The late Ginsburg championed international law. Amy Coney Barrett has argued that what the world thinks is at best superfluous.

U.S. President George W. Bush in China

American Leaders Sold a Dream of Changing China

Advocates of engagement are now downplaying the missionary impulse. That’s not what U.S. presidents said at the time.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin walk in the gardens at Hillsborough Castle during Johnson’s visit to Belfast on Aug. 13.

The Latest Brexit Crisis May Save Ireland’s Shaky Coalition Government

Brexit may be fatal for Dublin in the long term. But for now, it’s a boon to the country’s historic—and fragile—coalition.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter arrive for the Inauguration of Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.

How the United States Learned to Love Human Rights

The United States’ human rights story started less than 50 years ago with the extraordinary efforts of one president—and could end this November with the re-election of another.

The al-Zoobi family spends time together at their home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on July 26, 2015. They fled Syria three years before.

‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’: War-Weary Syrian Americans Want Resolution

In a swing state with a razor-thin margin in 2016, one tiny voting bloc could be key.

People walk on the Columbia University campus

Beyond IR’s Ivory Tower

The world needs experts to engage with policy more than ever. Research shows international relations scholars are already up to the task.

A video still shows members of Azerbaijan's armed forces firing artillery during clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh in an unidentified location, from footage released Sept. 28.

Why Are Armenia and Azerbaijan Heading to War?

The Soviet collapse caused a brutal conflict that’s remained unresolved for three decades.

Refugees displaced from Afrin line up to receive bread from the Syrian Red Crescent in Ahras, Syria, on March 25, 2018.

Syria’s Forgotten Displaced Aren’t Equipped to Fight the Pandemic

The regime has restricted aid to those who fled Afrin in 2018, leaving them without test kits, basic supplies, or access to specialist care.

Hasán Rohaní, el presidente de Irán (izquierda) saluda al presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro

Las sanciones están llevando a Irán y Venezuela a los brazos del otro

La política estadounidense de “presión máxima” no ha destruido a la economía iraní, y Teherán ahora está compartiendo sus lecciones de resiliencia con el asediado régimen de Nicolás Maduro en Caracas.

Naval Station Key West

Were They Lost Students or Inept Spies for China?

Two roommates traveling in Florida found themselves caught in the teeth of espionage fears.

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