All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War
The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.
When European Countries Retreat From Democracy, How Should the U.S. Respond?
The question looms large during Pompeo’s visit to Central Europe.
Macron Is Going Full De Gaulle
France’s president is pushing around Britain, Germany, and Italy—and going back to his country’s foreign-policy roots.
Rubio Blocks Trump’s Honduras Envoy
The Florida senator is increasingly influential on U.S. policy in Latin America.
Theresa May Is Negotiating Like Yasser Arafat
The late Palestinian leader was legendary for forsaking promising opportunities, caving to extremists, and failing to appreciate the challenges of negotiating against a stronger opponent. Britain’s prime minister has perfected his diplomatic style.
The Middle East Doesn’t Admire America Anymore
What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about U.S. power in the Arab world.
Don’t Let Democrats Become the Party of War
In their zeal to oppose any policy associated with Trump, the Democratic Party’s leaders in Congress are starting to sound like warmongers.
Why Did the State Department Just Spend $84,375 on a Sculpture by Bob Dylan?
The purchase represents the cultural aspects of U.S. diplomacy for some and lavish and wasteful spending for others.
Our Best Weekend Reads
Inside the U.S. decision to get behind Congo’s election and how the United States failed Afghan women.
What Putin Really Wants in Syria
Russia never sought to be a small-time fixer in the Middle East. Its goal was to reclaim its status as a global power broker.
It’s Time to Trust the Taliban
Afghanistan’s jihadi insurgents are ready to give America what it wants: defeat without humiliation.
America Has a Commitment Problem
Eight reasons that Washington has repeatedly made the mistake of making promises around the world it can’t keep.
Trump Should Put the Safety of American Diplomats First
By failing to prioritize the security of U.S. officials in Venezuela, the White House bungled what could have been a rare foreign-policy success.
Alexis Tsipras Is Smarter Than You Think
Greece’s prime minister has transformed from leftist firebrand to international statesman—and gotten more powerful at home in the process.
Spite Won’t Beat China in Africa
If the United States wants to counter Beijing’s diplomacy, it needs to understand why it works so well.
Trump Administration’s Top Europe Diplomat Resigns
A Russia hawk, A. Wess Mitchell helped reassure U.S. allies worried about the president’s relationship with Putin.
Trump to Hold Second Meeting With North Korea’s Kim Next Month
The U.S. president will press his counterpart for more tangible commitments to dismantle nuclear weapons.
Can State’s New Cyber Bureau Hack It?
The U.S. State Department is working to stand up a new cybersecurity bureau, but it's hobbled by debates with lawmakers on its purpose and mandate.
The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever
At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.