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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the the signing of the Abraham Accords with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House on Sept. 15.

Trump Looks to Score Last-Minute Foreign Policy Points

Will presidential promises to bring troops home and give Israel more diplomatic victories be enough to sway voters?

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un look on as documents are exchanged between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, during a signing ceremony in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Will the Real North Korea Policy Please Stand Up?

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper warns about Pyongyang’s new missiles, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplays any threat.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speak to reporters after they met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the U.S. Capitol on July 28 in Washington, amid economic stimulus talks.

Foreign Aid Is Caught in the Crossfire of Trump’s Stimulus Battle

Aid groups fear that government inaction will fuel economic malaise, hunger, and disease in the developing world.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on Sept. 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Is Trump Downplaying the Proud Boys Threat?

The president’s call for the white supremacist group to “stand back and stand by” comes as intelligence agencies have growing concerns about right-wing militias.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien walk through the West Wing colonnade at the White House prior to an Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales Dec. 17, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Trump’s National Security Team Is Making Politics, Not Policy

Pompeo speaks on China in Wisconsin and Trump’s national security advisor speaks in Iowa in a thinly veiled election ploy.

Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping accompanies U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a welcome ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on Aug. 18, 2011 in Beijing.

U.S. Democrats Unveil Hawkish Strategy to Counter China

The U.S. approach to its great power rival might not change significantly if Democrats take the White House in November. 

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the White House on August 20 in Washington, DC.

Will Trump’s Troop Drawdown Plans Destabilize Iraq and Afghanistan (Again)?

Successive presidents have promised to finally bring the troops home. But time and again neither country has shown its security forces are strong enough to ward off insurgents on their own.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference on June 14, 2018 in Beijing, China.

Pompeo Ramps Up Diplomatic War on China

In the latest sign of worsening U.S.-China relations, the Trump administration slaps restrictions on Chinese diplomats meeting with local government and university officials.

A U.S. soldier walks in front of a military vehicle patroling near the city of Al-Malikiyah in northeastern Syria, near the Turkish border, on Aug. 27.

Russia Runs U.S. Troops Off the Road in Syria

Lawmakers and former U.S. military officials criticized the Trump administration for failing to forcefully condemn the Kremlin after several U.S. troops were injured in Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran at the United Nations on Dec. 12, 2018 in New York City.

U.N. Showdown Looms Over U.S. Iran Strategy

The Trump administration wants to trigger snapback sanctions on Iran to bury the nuclear deal once and for all. No other major U.N. player seems to be on board.

Trump announces an agreement to establish formal diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

Israel and the UAE Strike ‘Historic’ Deal to Normalize Relations

The shared threat from Iran helped grease the wheels for the diplomatic breakthrough.

A police officer patrols in front of the Kremlin's Spasskaya tower and St. Basil's Cathedral on the background in central Moscow, Russia on June 29, 2020.

Russia Ramps Up Disinformation Machine Ahead of 2020

The U.S. State Department discloses that Russian websites are already sowing confusion about the coronavirus.

A soldier wears a U.S. flag on his uniform during the Allied Spirit X international military exercises at the U.S. 7th Army training center on April 9, 2019 near Hohenfels, Germany.

Trump’s Germany Troop Withdrawal Could Take Years to Execute

U.S. service members are told that the planning for the drawdown is slow out of the gate.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper receives a tour of a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, on July 22.

In Base Visit, Esper Avoids the White House Radar

The Pentagon chief ducks questions about federal agents in Portland in his first on-camera briefing since June.

A picture obtained by AFP from the Iranian news agency Tasnim on May 30 shows fires burning in a protected area in the Zagros mountain range, near the city of Behbahan, Iran.

Why Are Mysterious Fires Still Burning in Iran?

The incidents could raise fears of a military miscalculation between Tehran and Washington.

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