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.
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.”
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.
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.