Shadow Government

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, left, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting at the Pentagon on Jan. 18, in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Pence’s Visit to the Middle East Serves No Purpose

The vice president should stay home rather than inflame an already bad situation.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 16. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Doesn’t Believe in His Own Foreign Policy. Does That Matter?

The president's policies often deviate from his dangerous preferences. But these divergences present their own problems.

Sen. Bob Corker (left) and Sen. Ben Cardin prepare to listen to testimony at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the U.S.-Russia relationship, on Feb. 9, 2017. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Republicans Are AWOL on Russian Election Meddling

The GOP's absence from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's report on Russian interference is sad and abnormal.

Iranian students scuffle with police at the University of Tehran during a demonstration on Dec. 30, 2017.(Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Disingenuous Support for Iranian Protestors Has Backfired

A selective approach to human rights is even more harmful than “America first.”

Rep. Ed Royce speaks during a conference on countering violent extremism, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rep. Ed Royce’s Failure to Hold Trump Accountable Is a Dereliction of Duty

The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee should use his last year in office to reverse the unprincipled silence and moral weakness of Republicans in Congress.

President Donald Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen meet in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Jan. 4. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

If You Thought 2017 Was Bad, Just Wait for 2018

Last year, Trump corroded U.S. foreign policy, but avoided disaster. This year, there are powerful reasons to think that matters will worsen.

An activists hold up flares during an anti-corruption protest in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, on July 11, 2017. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine Needs U.S. Help to Fight Corruption

Domestic reforms are just as important as defending against Russian aggression.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un address the 5th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on Dec. 23. (KCNA/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Resolve to Avoid War With North Korea in 2018

The greatest danger to world peace in the coming year is the prospect of war on the Korean Peninsula — and Trump is making matters worse.

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 23 (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Israel Should Be Worried About Getting Into Bed with Trump

There’s long been a bipartisan consensus on support for Israel. That may soon be history.

Graffiti depicting U.S. President Donald Trump on the Israeli separation barrier between the West Bank town of Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Aug. 25. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Jerusalem: After 30 Years of Hope and Failure, What’s Next for Israel/Palestine?

The United States has forfeited its authority as a neutral broker. It may be time for the Palestinian street to have its say.

A Hezbollah supporter displays a picture of Iran's late Ayatollah Khomeini, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 1. (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Both Obama and Trump Stoked the Saudi-Iranian Rivalry

The United States should find a more effective way to deter Tehran and restrain Riyadh.

President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Evidence Is Damning: What Team Trump Knew and When

We already know that the Trump campaign was aware of — and intended to profit from — Moscow’s interference in the election.

A U.S. soldier in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 25, 2009. (Muhannad Fala'ah/Getty Images)

Israel Is Growing Increasingly Worried About the Trump Administration

As Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russia rush to fill the vacuum of leadership in the Middle East, the United States is AWOL.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang talks to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11. (Photo credit Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Cozying Up to Trump Works

The rest of the world may not particularly like the U.S. president’s bluster, but playing to his ego is a pretty good strategy.

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