The Race for the White House
How Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for the most important election in a generation.
What the Republican National Convention Tells Us About Trump’s Foreign Policy
Exaggeration, distortion, spin—that much was expected. More frightening were the things they didn’t say.
Pompeo and Haley Position Themselves as the Republican Standard-Bearers After Trump
In a party turning America inward, its brightest stars built their résumés on foreign policy.
The Republican National Convention Is Already Over
Trump, in a rambling speech, says if he loses the election was rigged.
Accepting Nomination, Biden Implores Voters to Dump Trump
The 2020 Democratic nominee manages to unify his party. But for how long?
Are We Not Talking About Canada and Mexico Because It’s So Obvious?
Restoring the North American advantage is the lowest-hanging fruit in U.S. foreign policy.
Election Violence in the United States Is a Clear and Present Danger
Americans expect election-related instability in faraway countries. Here’s how it could happen at home.
How Does it Feel for 2020 to Be Your Generation’s Defining Year?
Young Americans will be voting in huge numbers. They are also the most globally minded generation since the 1970s.
The U.S. Middle East Strategy’s Missing Piece is Iraq
The backlash against “forever wars” is no reason to abandon Iraq. Just don’t measure U.S. engagement by the number of troops.
Trump’s Trade Wars Have Made Bad Agriculture Policies Worse
From suffering U.S. farmers to the pain inflicted on the developing world, everything about U.S. agriculture policy is dysfunctional. The next administration can do better.
Does the U.S. Nuclear Umbrella Still Protect America’s Allies?
The next president should move swiftly to reassure allies that the U.S. nuclear guarantee remains credible—or risk rapid nuclear proliferation.
In Florida, Many Colombian Americans Fear Biden Is Soft on Socialism
By painting Biden as a far-left sympathizer, Trump is getting a late-election bounce with Florida’s normally Democratic-leaning Colombian community.
Washington’s Foreign Diplomats Frozen Out by Team Biden
Biden’s foreign-policy gatekeepers tell diplomats to hold their calls—until they’re in charge.
The U.S. Foreign Service Isn’t Suited for the 21st Century
Created for another age, Washington’s foreign-policy institutions have atrophied. The next administration should rebuild and reshape them.
Here’s How the 2020 U.S. Elections Resemble Those of Fragile Democracies
A veteran observer of elections in troubled countries describes the undeniable parallels.
Trump and Biden Are Both Touting Foreign-Policy Failures as Achievements
With the world on fire from Thailand to Nigeria, there wasn’t much talk of international affairs in the final debate of the 2020 campaign—and when there was, both candidates defended flawed approaches to North Korea.
How Chinese Americans Could Help Democrats Flip Texas
Many in the community worry that Trump’s anti-China rhetoric is fueling hate crimes.
Beijing’s Human Rights Victims Shouldn’t Support Trump
Tough on China or not, a second term would only spell more misery for Tibetans and other communities victimized by Beijing.
There’s Still Time (Barely) for America to Have a Free and Fair Election
Some hard-won active advice for staging a national vote during a pandemic.
Asian Nationalists Hold the Key to a More Effective U.S. China Strategy
Missing in the current U.S. debate on China is the question of Asian nationalism and how the United States could profitably align with it.
Poll: How Biden and Trump Differ on Foreign Policy
A survey of academics underscores sharp divergences on key issues but expects bipartisan alignment next year on China, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism.
What Would a Less Europhobic Trump Look Like—if He Wins?
Transatlantic relations are at a low point. But there are reasons why even Trump might want to mend them.
The Next Administration Needs a Plan for Deescalation in the Gulf
Confrontation with Iran almost dragged the United States into war. Détente would benefit all sides.
Trump’s Assaults on Immigrants Drive Georgia’s Latino Voters
Once solid red, Georgia has become a battleground state in part due to its growing Latino population—and rampant anger at Trump’s immigration policies.
America’s Pullback Must Continue No Matter Who Is President
For all the talk of a new administration boldly reengaging with the world after four years of “America first,” Trump’s strategic retrenchment can only be the start.
‘Tired of the Game’: Palestinian Americans Want Trump Out but Have Issues With Biden
In a crucial state like Michigan, Joe Biden will have to convince skeptical Palestinians that he won’t leave them in the lurch—again.
The United States Isn’t Doomed to Lose the Information Wars
China and Russia are ramping up their disinformation campaigns in the lead-up to the November vote. It’s time for Washington to fight back.
Trump’s Foreign-Policy Adventures Haven’t All Flopped
For all the chaos, the Trump administration has notched some notable victories abroad. The question is whether they outweigh everything else Trump brought to Washington—and the world.
Isolated in Rural Nigeria—and Waiting for America to Vote
Across much of the world—including one remote Nigerian village—the availability of family planning will largely depend on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
Investors Are Already Treating America Like an Emerging Market
Election chaos, social unrest, and weak institutions make the United States too risky for a developed economy.
America Must Promote Democracy, Despite Trump’s Disdain for It
Even if 2020 marks a low point of U.S. democratic practice, supporting liberalism abroad must remain a vital element of U.S. foreign policy.
Democrats Can’t Reverse the Damage of the Trump Era Overnight
Republican activists have spent decades building a movement, winning state and local elections, and grooming a generation of conservative judges. If the left wants to win and keep power, it must learn from the right’s successes.
Is a Vice President Who Doesn’t Know Much About Foreign Policy a National Security Risk?
Pence and Harris talked about international politics at the debate, but their performances will leave voters asking if they would be ready to act as commander in chief.
The Democrats Have Quietly Given Up Their Old Myths About Climate Change
And that might be a good thing for the environment.
What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies Before Election Day?
Trump’s physician expressed optimism about the president’s health after he tested positive for the coronavirus. But his hospitalization brings to light new questions on what happens if a worst-case scenario hits while Americans are casting their votes.
Trump Has COVID-19. How Will It Affect the Campaign?
Donald and Melania Trump have both tested positive for the coronavirus, adding a jolt to the final month of the U.S. election campaign.
Pompeo’s Preelection Politicking Is Wearing Thin, Even With Allies
From the Vatican to Brazil, foreign officials are getting tired of Pompeo dragging their governments into Trump’s reelection campaign.
Washington’s ‘Blind Eye’ Toward Human Rights Abuses in Latin America
Would a Biden administration put the swagger back into America’s championing of human rights in the region?
How the United States Learned to Love Human Rights
The United States’ human rights story started less than 50 years ago with the extraordinary efforts of one president—and could end this November with the re-election of another.
Biden Needs to Play the Nationalism Card Right Now
The 2020 election is veering into dangerous territory—and liberalism won’t be enough to win.
Can the United States’ Democratic Institutions Survive the 2020 Election Campaign?
Trampled institutional norms, a battle over the Supreme Court, and the possibility of Democratic retaliation could threaten the bedrock of American democracy.
How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics
Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.
‘This Is Personal’: Minnesota’s Somali Americans Fear Reckoning in Second Trump Term
A solid blue state is closer to being in play this year—galvanizing Somali Americans in an election they call “do or die.”
Ginsburg’s Death Could Change the 2020 Presidential Race
Trump will try to replace her quickly, saying the future of the Supreme Court is at stake.
The Biden-FDR Connection Runs Deeper Than You Think
One was a patrician governor; the other a middle-class Joe steeped in the Senate. But their fates may be intertwined.
Under Biden, the Middle East Would Be Just Another Region
The Democratic presidential candidate would stop sucking up to the region's autocrats, but he also wouldn’t give much encouragement to liberals.
This Election Has Become Dangerous for the U.S. Military
Trump is losing support among the troops. That’s just one reason why the military risks getting sucked into the campaign.
10 Ways Trump Is Becoming a Dictator, Election Edition
The closer the president gets to election day, the bigger the threat he poses to U.S. democracy.
America’s Elections Are Under Threat—and Congress Is Being Bypassed
The Trump administration’s decision to scale back briefings on election security needs to be reversed. Here’s how to do it.
The Trumpists’ Answer to His Republican Foreign-Policy Critics? More Culture Wars.
Trump’s friends have opted for their usual grievance politics.
Is Trump Touting His Diplomatic Achievements to Get Reelected?
Both parties have featured speeches from key diplomats at their conventions, with Mike Pompeo making a controversial cameo at the RNC—but they aren’t proposing much that’s new.
The Obscure Constitutional Loophole That 2020 Is Blowing Wide Open
The United States has a law for disputed elections—but it’s not ready for this year's presidential vote.
Why I, an Anti-Trump Republican, Didn’t Sign the Anti-Trump Letter
Many former Republican national security officials just endorsed Biden. They will be hobbled in the fight for the party’s post-Trump future.
The Biden Doctrine Exists Already. Here’s an Inside Preview.
The Democratic nominee and his closest advisors served in the Obama administration—but their foreign-policy vision is finding inspiration in Harry S. Truman.
Why We Joined Over 70 Former Republican National Security Officials to Support Biden
A Trump empowered with a second term would be a threat to the United States, especially in Asia.
The Israel-UAE Deal Is Trump’s First Unambiguous Diplomatic Success
It’s a historic achievement that eluded other presidents. Trump will try to make the most of it.
What Kamala Harris Tells Us About Gender, Race, U.S. Leadership, and Trouncing Trump
Democrats weigh in on a Biden-Harris ticket.
Biden Picks Harris for Veep—and Bush Sr. for Himself
The Democratic candidate’s choice of vice president says more than you might think about his foreign policy—and his own self-image.
Biden Plans to Make Harris as Powerful a Veep as He Was Under Obama
The presumptive Democratic nominee was one of the most impactful vice presidents ever.
A Biden-Harris Ticket—and What It Means for the United States in November
Picking Kamala Harris as his running mate underscores that Joe Biden is not looking for extra heft on foreign policy—but he’s reaching out with several firsts.
Annexation Isn’t Dead. A Desperate Trump Could Bring It Back to Life.
Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank seems off the agenda for now, but Trump might push Netanyahu to proceed anyway.
‘The Tea Leaves Suggest That if He Doesn’t Cheat, He’s Going to Lose’
The presidential historian Timothy Naftali notes there’s no historical precedent for delaying an election, even in the middle of major wars, but Trump’s Republican Party is all about holding on to power.
Inside the Massive Foreign-Policy Team Advising Biden’s Campaign
If Joe Biden wins, here are some of the top foreign-policy experts who could be tapped for senior and midlevel jobs in the administration.
The Total Destruction of U.S. Foreign Policy Under Trump
His last remaining objective is obtaining foreign help for his reelection.
Is This the Beginning of a New Cold War With China?
The clash between Washington and Beijing could be the start of a new ideological confrontation—or the inevitable fallout from a power transition.
Here’s How Biden’s Possible VP Picks Stack Up on Foreign Policy
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden align closely on foreign-policy views, but Susan Rice has by far the most direct experience in U.S. foreign-policy making.
In Portland, the Baby Fascists Have Shown Their Face
Fascism can happen in America. Some of it has already happened, and more will happen as Trump fights to stay in power.
Present at the Destruction of U.S. Power and Influence
Four years of neglect, unilateralism, and failed diplomacy have left America’s alliances in tatters. It’s time to rebuild them.
Does ‘Hamilton’ Have All the Answers for U.S. Foreign Policy?
The Broadway musical offers lessons on everything from regime change to balancing ideals and interests.
Did John Bolton Transform U.S. Foreign Policy or Enable Trump’s Transgressions?
The controversial former national security advisor left his mark in Washington—especially on nuclear arms deals and Iran.
Bolton’s Book Is a Terrifying Warning About What Trump Could Still Do
Geopolitical ignorance is no longer funny when it impacts U.S. national security.
America’s Politicized Military Is a Recipe for Disaster
Message to both sides: Keep the military (and retired generals) out of politics and elections.
Anguished by America’s Decline, More Foreign-Policy Wonks Run for Office
More national security experts are running for Congress in 2020 than in most past elections.