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President Donald Trump jokes about a letter given to him by a sheriff after meeting with sheriffs from across the country in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C.

Dear President Trump, Let’s Talk About Iran

An open letter to the U.S. president with some advice about dealing with the Islamic Republic—and his own administration.

Sen. Bernie Sanders attends a press conference on July 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.

A Foreign-Policy Cheat Sheet for the Democratic Debates

We know what the candidates want to talk about. Here's what journalists should be asking.

A man hangs a poster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi as people attend symbolic funeral cerenomy on June 18,2019 at Fatih mosque in Istanbul.

Egypt Doesn’t Matter Anymore

The death of Mohamed Morsi is the latest milestone along the country’s slide into terminal irrelevance.

New York Times columnist David Brooks speaking at the Book Expo America in New York.

When Zombie Neoconservatives Attack

Why most Americans are right about foreign policy, and David Brooks is wrong.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nobody’s Asking for Trump to Be a Genius

But is it too much for him to at least show some foreign-policy common sense?

Supporters wave U.S. flags as they attend the Rally for America event at Marshall University stadium May 24, 2003 in Huntington, West Virginia.

You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying

There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.

Israelis celebrate Jerusalem Day in Jeruslam's Old City on May 13, 2018.

Israel Is at Peace (With Itself)

The country can’t form a government, its peace process is permanently stalled—and things have never been better.

A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames on May 3, 2013, near Camarillo, California.

Be Afraid of the World, Be Very Afraid

Five global problems that are getting worse—and may never get better.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerges from the voting booth before casting his vote in the countries parliamentary and presidential election on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived

The country’s political system doesn't deserve the laments it’s recently received.

Richard Holbrooke at the Joint Summit on Business and AIDS in China on March 18, 2005 in Beijing, China.

Once Upon a Time, Americans Believed in America

A new biography of Richard Holbrooke is a portrait of an era when the United States was at the center of the world—and assumed it should be.

A poster from a protest against President Donald Trump in New York City on Nov. 9, 2016.

Donald Trump and Swine Fever Are Creating an Economic Crisis

A deadly outbreak in China and trade tariffs in the United States are threatening to send global markets into a tailspin.

National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit in New York on Sept. 25, 2018.

If Nobody Knows Your Iran Policy, Does It Even Exist?

The Trump administration’s top foreign-policy priority is the Islamic Republic—but it’s unclear to what end.

Congregants and other members of the public attend a funeral service at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue for Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed in a shooting during a service there on April 29, in Poway, California.

Congress’s Anti-Semitism Act Won’t Stop Hate Crimes Against Jews

The debate over anti-Semitism on Capitol Hill is about scoring political points, not protecting religious minorities.

Pete Buttigieg reacts as he sees an overflow crowd waiting for him at a meet-and-greet at Madhouse Coffee on April 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 9/11 Generation Served. Now It Wants to Lead.

Three Democrats running for the White House fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and they came back with very different ideas.

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