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A U.S. soldier dressed in a World War II military uniform picks up sand from Omaha beach next to a U.S. soldier looking at a man driving a horse sulky on the sidelines of a ceremony in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, western France, on June 5, 2019.

The U.S. Military Needs Citizen-Soldiers, Not Warriors

The recent obsession with the term is misguided and harmful.

Representatives of the European Union and Iran attend nuclear talks at the Grand Hotel in Vienna on April 6.

Israel Should Support Biden’s Efforts to Revive the Iran Nuclear Deal

Reducing Iran’s breakout time and restoring robust monitoring are the most urgent priorities. A return to the JCPOA can achieve these goals.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti addresses a crowd of protesters opposed to Trump administration immigration policies in Los Angeles on June 30, 2018.

Why U.S. Cities and States Should Play a Bigger Role in Foreign Policy

Part of making foreign policy work better for Americans is empowering local leaders.

U.N. General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir is seen on a screen at right as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (out of frame) holds a virtual meeting with him via videoconference from the State Department in Washington, D.C., on March 29.

Zoom Won’t Stop a Nuclear War

The red telephone is gone, but a new generation of nuclear hotlines is sorely needed to manage international crises.

A woman waits for her son to arrive in Pemba, Mozambique, on a boat of evacuees from the coasts of Palma on April 1.

Why Experts Ignore Terrorism in Africa

If the world really cares about the continent’s future, it will start paying attention now.

The headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is located in The Hague on April 4, 2018.

Don’t Kick Russia Out of the Chemical Weapons Convention Over Navalny

Doing so would be a death sentence for global nonproliferation efforts.

Lebanon's Cardinal Mar Bechara Boutros al-Rai in Bekerke, north of Beirut, on Feb. 21, 2017.

The Christian Priest Who Wants to Redeem Lebanon’s Sins

The country wants an end to sectarian strife. Can the leader of the Maronite church deliver?

A visitor touches an interactive display showing a projection of Aziz Kaddan, an Israeli Arab entrepreneur and the CEO of Myndlift, at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 3, 2019.

For Arab Israelis, the New Peace Treaties Spell Opportunity

The Abraham Accords are spurring Israel’s Arab entrepreneurs to bridge cultures.

A commuter trades plastic bottles to be recycled for transit credit.

Italy’s Economic Recovery Plan Needs to Think Local

Already a circular economy leader in technology, Italy must involve communities if its “green recovery” is to succeed.

Soybeans are harvested

Big Agriculture Is Best

The United States’ industrialized food system moved millions of people out of poverty and is better for the environment, too.

Pedestrians walk in China.

‘Smart’ Cities Are Surveilled Cities

When everyone and everything is connected, the door is open to all kinds of digital threats.

A U.S. soldier during Operation Khanjari in Afghanistan.

Biden Just Made a Historic Break With the Logic of Forever War

But will he really end the United States’ other open-ended conflicts?

Man gets vaccine

America’s Come-From-Behind Pandemic Victory

China was the global winner of the coronavirus disaster—until the United States beat the odds.

The Royal Navy flag is hoisted during preparations for a commemoration event on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Arromanches-Les-Bains, France, on June 6, 2019.

The United Kingdom Finally Acknowledges Its Hard-Power Limits

In its new defense and foreign-policy posture, the country is no longer trying to punch above its weight.

U.S. Army troops from the 10th Mountain Division collect their duffels after returning from a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan to Fort Drum, New York, on Dec. 8, 2020.

What to Do With U.S. Forces in the Persian Gulf

As the United States leaves Afghanistan, the question of troops in the Middle East to support the Afghan mission looms large.

Margaret Thatcher Kurds Iraq

Britain’s Post-Brexit Foreign Policy Can Be a Force for Good

Boris Johnson shouldn’t shy away from global leadership and the morally driven approach that protected Kosovars and Iraqi Kurds in the 1990s.

Protesters chant slogans during a rally in Amman, Jordan.

Jordan Has Become a Banana Monarchy

The country is imploding under America’s watch.

U.S. and Japanese Navy ships

America and India Need a Little Flexibility at Sea

A U.S. operation targeting Indian claims has drawn unnecessary outrage.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan from the Treaty Room in the White House in Washington, on April 14.

The Wisdom of Leaving Afghanistan

The United States hadn’t accomplished its goals in 20 years. The next few weren’t going to make much of a difference.