Middle East & Africa
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 13. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Neither Side Gets the Khashoggi Debate Right

The tribalism infecting U.S. domestic politics has unfortunately crept deep into the foreign-policy discourse.

Newly released child soldiers wait in a line for their registration during the release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on February 7, 2018.(STEFANIE GLINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

When Soldiers Go Back to Being Children

The unlikely success of Sudan and the FARC proves minors can be protected from conflict.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar speaking to a group of volunteers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 13, 2018. (Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia Declares War on America’s Muslim Congresswomen

Gulf Arab monarchies are using racism, bigotry, and fake news to denounce Washington's newest history-making politicians.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walk outside the Oval Office of the White House on March 5. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Americans Are Increasingly Critical of Israel

New polling shows that the U.S. public’s views on Israel’s policies are shifting.

Iraqi men flash the victory gesture from inside a car during the Hashed Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces' celebrations marking the first anniversary of victory over the Islamic State (IS) group on December 10, 2018. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

Start Small to Stop the Next ISIS

One year on from the defeat of the Islamic State, the new U.S. Congress should draw on lessons learned from efforts to counter violent extremism.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot give a press conference in Tel Aviv, on Dec. 4, 2018. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Netanyahu’s Toy Soldiers

Israel’s prime minister is now also its defense minister—but he’s mostly interested in the job for PR.

Pro-government fighters give food to Yemeni children on Jan. 26, 2017. 
(Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Body Declares Famine Conditions in Parts of Yemen

World Food Program report expected to further erode support in Washington for Saudi bombings in Yemen.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on October 30, 2018 in Berlin.

Abiy Ahmed Is Not a Populist

The Ethiopian prime minister’s opponents fear that he’s an African Erdogan. His rhetoric and policies suggest he’s more of a liberal democrat.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R) speaks to press after a closed-door briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Washington on Dec. 4. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

White House Digs Itself in Deeper on Khashoggi

CIA briefing only hardens senators’ view that Mohammed bin Salman was behind the journalist’s killing.

A protester wears a mask depicting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman outside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 25. (Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.

Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.

An Iranian man shops at a drugstore at the Nikan hospital in Tehran on September 11, 2018.

How Europe Could Blunt U.S. Iran Sanctions Without Washington Lifting A Finger

If the EU gives its special purpose vehicle for Iran trade a humanitarian focus, the Trump administration won’t be able to stop it without trampling longstanding U.S. exemptions.

U.S. President George H.W. Bush in the White House on Sept. 27, 1991 (Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images)

 George H.W. Bush’s Misunderstood Presidency

The late 41st U.S. president’s prudence was once derided as the wimp factor, but it has aged well.

A boy holding a Palestinian  flag looks at clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Gaza and and Israel on May 14. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Mulls End To Remaining Aid Programs For Palestinians

Funds to Palestinian security agencies that cooperate with Israel are also in jeopardy.

Zaida Catalán at work with U.N. colleague Michael Sharp. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Morseby)

Former Senior U.N. Official Defends Handling of Congo Murder Investigation

Responding to a Foreign Policy story, official says panel that probed the murder of two U.N. experts focused mainly on preventing future incidents.

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