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Susan Rice, former U.S. national security advisor, and Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

The Women Who Shaped Obama’s Foreign Policy

Two new memoirs by Samantha Power and Susan Rice show how idealists became insiders—and what was lost along the way.

Syria refugees walk after they crossed the Evros river, the natural boundary with Turkey in northeastern Greece, in the village of Pythio, on April 28, 2018.

Europe’s Fear of Refugees Is the Only Thing That Can Save Syria

Bashar al-Assad is on the verge of victory after massacring his population with Russian help. But the EU’s fear of yet another refugee influx could spur action to stop the carnage.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after news that Merrill Lynch & Co. was selling itself to Bank of America Corp. and the financial firm Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sept. 15, 2008.

What the 2008 Financial Crisis Can Teach Us Today

With a potential recession around the corner, it is worth remembering how regulators contained the last panic.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listen during a state funeral for former U.S. President George H. W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Alex Brandon/Getty Images)

The Death of Global Order Was Caused by Clinton, Bush, and Obama

America’s post-Cold War presidents could have taken a road that didn’t end at Donald Trump.

Medical staff check each other's protective suits before entering the isolation unit at a hospital in Bundibugyo, western Uganda, during a suspected case of Ebola. Aug. 17. (Sumy Sadurni /AFP/Getty Images)

The Next Pandemic Will Be Arriving Shortly

Deadly diseases like Ebola and the avian flu are only one flight away. The U.S. government must start taking preparedness seriously.

A hijacked plane is seen as it hits the second tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (Masatomo Kuriya/Corbis via Getty Images)

Al Qaeda Won

Seventeen years after the 9/11 attacks, the terrorists have definitively won the battle for the American mind.

Indonesian officials boarded the luxury yacht 'Equanimity', reportedly worth some $250 million and owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, at Benoa Bay in Bali on February 28, 2018.
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Malaysia’s $6.5 Billion Scandal Almost Sank Its Democracy

The cover-up of the 1MDB affair was taking the country toward autocracy — until the people won the day.

French President Emmanuel Macron at the Felix Eboue Airport of Cayenne, in French Guiana, on October 26, 2017. (RONAN LIETAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron Has Changed France’s Political DNA

One year after his election, it's clear Emmanuel Macron isn't just a president — he's a liberal man of providence.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un share a screen on South Korean television on May 11. (Kim Sue-han/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has No Idea How Diplomatic Deals Work

I worked on international negotiations under Obama — and now I’m watching from the sidelines as the Trump team gets it all wrong.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after announcing his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal, at the White House on May 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The United States Finally Has an Aggressive Plan to Defang Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has an impressive strategy to counter Tehran and break free from two decades of failed U.S. policy.

A young Palestinian in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on December 8, 2017.

Trump’s Jerusalem Theatrics Have Dealt A Blow to Peace

The president's reckless move reversed decades of sensible bipartisan policy. Holding out the possibility of a Palestinian capital in the holy city can keep hope for a negotiated settlement alive.

A Turkish tank on a hilltop overlooking the Turkey-Syria border on Oct. 9, 2014. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

When Diplomacy Disappears

The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.

Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing to be CIA director in Washington on Jan. 12, 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s What the Senate Should Ask Mike Pompeo

Democratic foreign-policy veterans want answers from Trump’s pick for secretary of state.

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The Drones are Back

Trump has resumed the bombing campaign in Pakistan, but this time it’s targeting the Taliban.

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston on Aug. 29, 2009. (Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images)

The Middle East’s Age of Innocence Is Over

The traditional object of the West’s romantic foreign-policy visions is now the graveyard of its idealism.

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush stand side by side after Obama was sworn in as the 44th president in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Foreign Officials See Bush and Obama in Trump

From an international perspective, the 45th president doesn't seem like a bolt from the blue.

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump burns during demonstration in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 11, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Team’s Blinkered Obsession With the Iran Deal Is Poisoning the Well

Opponents of the nuclear agreement have distorted the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev as they sign the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Prague on April 8, 2010. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Want a Nuclear Arms Race Because Obama Didn’t?

The New START treaty is the only part of the U.S.-Russia relationship that still works — and it might soon lapse.

Deputy National Security Ben Rhodes edits President Barack Obama's speech aboard Air Force One (Pete Souza/White House/Flickr)

A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the asshole who is the president’s foreign policy guru

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech on his National Security Strategy on Dec. 18, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Two Cheers for Trump’s National Security Strategy

Its survey of the world is mostly accurate, but the discussion of domestic policy falls flat.