Shadow Government

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a New Year’s address to Russians in central Moscow on Dec. 31, 2017.

Putin Is Following the Game Plan of Other Autocrats Before Him

And moves like his Jan. 15 announcement generally work—both to secure a leader’s power and ensure a favorable transition down the road.

Members of Code Pink protest

Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes

Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.

Protesters demonstrate against Trump’s Iran policy outside the White House on Jan. 7.

Praise for the Suleimani Strike Isn’t Based in Reality

The ideological architects of one of the United States’ most disastrous foreign-policy decisions—the 2003 invasion of Iraq—are spinning a tale to support Trump’s most dangerous move to date.

Mourners wait for the funeral procession of the Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani, and eight others outside the Imam Abbas mosque in Karbala, Iraq, on Jan. 4.

Trump Is Playing With Fire in the Middle East

The U.S. president may claim that the strike on Iran’s Suleimani was meant to “stop a war,” yet it will do anything but.

A journalist takes pictures of a projection screen prior to the start of Germany's auction for the construction of a 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19.

The U.S.-Chinese Trade War Just Entered Phase 2

Its next chapter will be fought through export and import controls, investment restrictions, and sanctions—and the United States should prepare itself now.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames consume Iran's consulate in the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf on Nov. 27.

The United States Can Offer the People of Lebanon and Iraq Something Tehran Can’t

Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon are rising up against Iranian influence, sectarianism, and corruption. The U.S. Congress should offer conditional aid that forces governments to respond to their citizens’ grievances.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrols the northeastern town of Qahtaniyah, Syria.

A U.S. Withdrawal Will Cause a Power Struggle in the Middle East

Washington could find itself fighting its way back into the region for the first time since World War II.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in London on Dec. 4.

NATO Is Struggling Under Trans-Atlantic Tensions

After this week’s summit, members must keep turmoil in the political side of the alliance from undermining its military purpose.

The U.S. State Department in Washington.

Praising U.S. Diplomats for Their Testimony Is Not Enough

State Department officials who find themselves wrapped up in the Trump impeachment inquiry will need public support for years to come.

Venezuelans line up to cross into Cúcuta, Colombia, on June 8.

Don’t Let Venezuela’s Crisis Take Down Colombia Too

Washington should do more to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the region.

Protester hold a poster reading "the power, it's us. Give us a vote!" during a rally in Moscow.

Americans and Russians Should Be Friends—Even if Their Countries Aren’t

Under Trump, the relationship between the two populations has suffered. The next president should change that.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on June 24, 2019, imposing sanctions on Iran.

Trump’s Use of Sanctions Is Nothing Like Obama’s

The White House’s aggressive deployment of coercive economic tools has given rise to a growing geopolitical backlash.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits after speaking at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 24.

Trump’s Iran Policy Is a Failure

Blame U.S. blunders for the worsening crisis in the region.

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