Situation Report

Naftali Bennett, an Israeli parliament member from the Yamina party, gestures during a special session of the Knesset.

Meet Israel’s New Boss

Biden is likely to have more leverage over the fragile new government in Israel.

The wreckage of a car hit by a Boko Haram attack is seen in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on Feb. 24.

Is the Leader of Boko Haram Really Dead This Time?

A notorious terrorist leader in West Africa is reportedly dead. Here’s what it means for counterterrorism efforts.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Biden’s Arctic Power Plays

With Russia and China staking claims, can diplomacy stave off a militarization of the far north?

Biden, Harris, and others walk at the Pentagon.

The Pentagon’s Budget Wish List

Biden wants to solidify the pivot to Asia. Congress might have other ideas.

Biden addresses Congress at the Capitol.

Washington’s Blind Spots on Foreign-Policy Crises

Everyone in Washington seems to be focused on China. But here are some brewing crises that could flare up when they’re not looking.

Biden addresses Congress at the Capitol.

Biden Goes Off-Script on China

The U.S. president’s first 100 days in office show foreign policy is (nearly) all about domestic policy.

U.S. soldiers stand guard as U.S. President Donald Trump makes a visit to their airbase.

The U.S. Never Can Say Goodbye to Afghanistan

The Pentagon is going to need more firepower to pull out U.S. troops.

Biden speaks about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in the White House.

U.S. Bucks Won’t Stop in Afghanistan

Biden administration officials have said U.S. troops are leaving the battlefield in Afghanistan, but the U.S. aid spigot won’t end.

U.S. President Joe Biden leaves after an event at the South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on April 7.

Has Biden Shut the Door on Open Skies?

Three months into Biden’s presidency, some consistent themes remain from Trump’s tenure.

Ukrainian servicemen stand in position on the front line.

Russia Escalates Conflict in Ukraine

Is Moscow’s muscle-flexing a show of force or a renewal of the war?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook visit the National Cemetery in Seoul on March 18.

Team Biden’s Asia Tour Shows Alliances Aren’t Easy

Austin and Blinken are trying to get U.S. allies in the region on the same page. It’s easier said than done.

Biden and Xi attend a meeting in 2012.

Biden Team Pivots to Asia

The U.S. president’s foreign-policy staff hopes to make the pivot real with an early trip to the region.

US soldiers from 1st Regiment 320 Field Artillary 101st Airbourne stand guard outside COP Stout before the opening ceremony for a newly completed mosque in the village of Tarok Kolache in southern Kandahar province on April 1, 2011 where the US military is funding its rebuilding.

Corruption in Afghanistan as ‘Big a Threat’ as Taliban

Congress and watchdogs aren’t pleased about billions of wasted taxpayer dollars in the so-called forever wars.

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