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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greet during the India-Israel Business Summit in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

India’s Alliance With Israel Is a Model for the World’s Illiberal Leaders

From arms deals to occupation in Kashmir and the West Bank, Modi and Netanyahu increasingly share the same ethnonationalist worldview.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Trump Has Alienated Allies—but Has Them Acting in America’s Interest (and Their Own)

Amidst the torrent of criticism, the administration's accomplishments are often forgotten.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the cabinet room at the White House on July 9 in Washington, DC.

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.

European Council President Donald Tusk, U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a working session in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019, the second day of the annual G-7 Summit.

Will America’s Alliances Survive the Trump Era?

A new book advances a robust defense of the U.S. system of alliances. A post-pandemic world requires adaptation and renewed coordination against common threats.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump confer at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2019.

Europe Is Thinking Harder About Divorcing America

European leaders are flirting with the idea of going it alone—but Washington should be willing to call their bluff.

Members of the U.S. military carry the flags of Israel and the United States before the arrival of then Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman in Washington on April 26, 2018.

Should the United States and Israel Make It Official?

The United States and Israel call themselves allies, but they don’t have a formal defense treaty governing their relationship. Here’s why.

President Donald Trump visits U.S. troops in Japan.

Trump Asks Tokyo to Quadruple Payments for U.S. Troops in Japan

The move is part of the administration’s campaign to get U.S. allies to pay more for defense. South Korea is also being asked to pony up.

U.S. President Donald Trump reaches to shake Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hand

How to Tell if You’re in a Good Alliance

Not all allies are made equal. But who’s worth the commitment, and who’s not?

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

China Has No Room for Dissenting Friends

Small nations know they can break from Washington—but not from Beijing.

Protesters hold signs in favor of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou outside her bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver following her arrest in Canada for extradition to the United States on Dec. 11, 2018.

The United States Doesn’t Have Your Back

The Trump administration’s message to Canada and other U.S. allies is clear: If you take heat for helping Washington, you’re on your own.

A blanket of snow covers the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 12, 2011. (Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Another Trump Loyalist Joins the National Security Council

Elizabeth Erin Walsh will oversee America’s troubled relations with the United Nations.

(L to R) Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, US President Barack Obama, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Francois Hollande pose for a photo after a quint meeting during the NATO Summit at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw on July 9, 2016.
The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Attention, U.S. Allies: This Is Not a Drill

America's traditional partners have to start thinking of ways to bargain with, and appease, a potentially hostile U.S. president.

401432 01: U.S. Special Forces Captain Joe McGraw of Tacoma, Washington, looks over Philippine soldiers February 22, 2002 in Tipo-Tipo on the southern Philippine island of Basilan. An estimated 660 U.S. military personal have arrived in the southern Philippines for "Balikatan 02-1," a joint training exercise with the Philippine military designed to help in the fight against the Islamic militant Abu Sayyaf Group on the island of Basilan. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

Duterte Wants U.S. Special Forces Out of the Southern Philippines

Ever since he took office on June, the Philippines and the United States have been on somewhat rocky footing.

Members of the British Units during the opening ceremony of the Exercise Noble Partner 16, a Georgian, British and U.S. military training exercise taking place at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, May 11-26, 2016.
Exercise Noble Partner includes approximately 500 Georgian, 150 United Kingdom and 650 U.S. service members who are incorporating a full range of equipment, including U.S. M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, M2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, M119 Light Towed Howitzers and several wheeled support vehicles. Alongside U.S. forces, Georgian forces will operate their T-72 Main Battle Tanks, BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles and several wheeled-support vehicles.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016, in Vaziani, Georgia. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Brexit Is Good News for Russia but a Headache for NATO

Britain’s exit from the EU will undercut its role as America’s key ally in Europe, leaving the continent more divided and distracted — just the way Putin likes it.

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