Diplomacy

President Donald Trump salutes while joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a military carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, Jan. 19, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump (left) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stand at a NATO summit in Brussels on May 25, 2017.  (Danny Gys/AFP/Getty Images)

When European Countries Retreat From Democracy, How Should the U.S. Respond?

The question looms large during Pompeo’s visit to Central Europe.

French President Emmanuel Macron looks at a portrait of former French President Charles de Gaulle at the city hall in Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, France, on Oct. 4, 2018. (Vincent Kessler/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Francisco Palmieri, the then-acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, at a congressional  hearing in Washington on Jan. 9, 2018. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Rubio Blocks Trump’s Honduras Envoy

The Florida senator is increasingly influential on U.S. policy in Latin America.

Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat addresses delegates of the Organization of African Unity in July 1972 in Kampala, Uganda.

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.

Donald Trump eats pizza at his office in Trump Tower on April 1, 2005 in New York City. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

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.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a break in their historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

A mural of songwriter Bob Dylan by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks to the press in Caracas on Jan. 31. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

Inside the U.S. decision to get behind Congo’s election and how the United States failed Afghan women.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), and Syrian Armed Forces' chief of staff Ali Abdullah Ayyoub (L) inspecting a military parade in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia.

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.

A Taliban representative attends international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on Nov. 9, 2018. (Yuri Kodobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Trust the Taliban

Afghanistan’s jihadi insurgents are ready to give America what it wants: defeat without humiliation.

A skydiver with the American flag in tow in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sept. 23, 2018. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

America Has a Commitment Problem

Eight reasons that Washington has repeatedly made the mistake of making promises around the world it can’t keep.

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro rally in Caracas on Jan. 23. (Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the European Council in Brussels on Oct. 18. (Francois Walschaerts/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu speak during a joint press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan. 3, during Wang's official visit. (Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell speaks during a press conference in Pristina, Kosovo, on March 12, 2018. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un  in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Network cables are seen going into a server in an office building following a cyberattack that affected dozens of countries in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2017. 
(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Druze men at the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights flash the V for victory sign as they look out across the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra on July 7, 2018. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever

At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.

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