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.
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.
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.
Al Qaeda Won
Seventeen years after the 9/11 attacks, the terrorists have definitively won the battle for the American mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Diplomacy Disappears
The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.
Here’s What the Senate Should Ask Mike Pompeo
Democratic foreign-policy veterans want answers from Trump’s pick for secretary of state.
The Drones are Back
Trump has resumed the bombing campaign in Pakistan, but this time it’s targeting the Taliban.
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.
Foreign Officials See Bush and Obama in Trump
From an international perspective, the 45th president doesn't seem like a bolt from the blue.
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.
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.
A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the asshole who is the president’s foreign policy guru
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