Generation X’s Short Arc of History
Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.
Who Lost Myanmar?
Facing its first major crisis, the Biden administration must confront a failure of U.S. diplomacy orchestrated by some of its own players nearly a decade ago.
Obama’s Brutal Drone Legacy Will Haunt the Biden Administration
In his memoirs, the former U.S. president seems uninterested in a critical appraisal of his drone policies. Considering the human suffering caused by America’s drone wars, Joe Biden should not make the same mistake.
In Memoir, Obama Calls Putin a ‘Ward Boss, Except With Nukes’
The former U.S. president frankly assesses foreign leaders he met—and many fail to earn his esteem.
Kamala Harris Is a Soft-Power Boon for America’s Global Image
The vice presidential candidate’s foreign-policy takes are conventional, but her identity is transformational.
No More Resets With Russia
Washington should not talk itself into accepting Moscow’s aggression—again.
Top Trump Pentagon Nominee Walks Back Offensive Tweets
Anthony Tata says he retracts his 2018 tweets calling former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader.”
Trump Inherited the Drone War but Ditched Accountability
Only a single formal check remains on U.S. killings worldwide.
An Eye for an Eye Doesn’t Make Americans Safer
The Trump administration is doubling down on vengeance as a foreign-policy doctrine, placing the United States and its allies in danger.
Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Winning the 2020 Democratic Primary
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are ready to move past the Obama administration—except when it comes to military intervention.
Everyone Knows America Lost Afghanistan Long Ago
Inflated threats, concealed costs, and lack of accountability for failure—and the complicity of the foreign-policy establishment—have kept the infinity war going for 18 years.
In Honduras, the U.S. War on Drugs Is Empowering Corrupt Elites
The Central American country has become a transit zone for drug traffickers and the center of a biofuel boom. Dispossessed indigenous groups are paying the price.
Trump’s Use of Sanctions Is Nothing Like Obama’s
The White House’s aggressive deployment of coercive economic tools has given rise to a growing geopolitical backlash.
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.
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.
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.
Women Look to 2020 to Break the National Security Glass Ceiling
Advocacy groups see the upcoming election as an opportunity to boost the number of women in senior positions.
The Long Rise and Sudden Fall of American Diplomacy
One of Washington's most accomplished diplomats has traced how U.S. foreign policy went astray over decades—and how it can get back on track.
Lifting Sanctions Isn’t as Simple as It Sounds
Financial wars damage and disfigure economies as much as military ones. Countries ravaged by sanctions need reconstruction, too.