Diplomacy

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un share a screen on South Korean television on May 11. (Kim Sue-han/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on May 21. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s Iran Plan Is a Pipe Dream

The Trump team doesn’t have a post-nuke deal strategy — just a list of demands.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after announcing his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal, at the White House on May 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) hold a joint news conference at the White House on April 27. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Can the U.S.-Europe Alliance Survive Trump?

Europe and the United States have quarreled before. This time, it’s serious.

A young Palestinian in front of the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on December 8, 2017.

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands after delivering remarks to State Department employees in Washington on May 1. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Lifts Hiring Freeze at State Department

Diplomats hail the decision as another sign the Tillerson era has ended.

Apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in the Indian capital New Delhi. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images)

Tech Companies Are Ruining America’s Image

The United States has become identified with the global internet economy — for better and worse.

U.S. President Donald Trump in the White House after announcing his decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal on May 8. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the End of the Iran Deal Mark the Beginning of an Iran Strategy?

The time is ripe for a U.S. approach based on pushing Iranian domestic politics into crisis.

A member of the Iraqi security forces after voting in Baghdad on May 10. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

As Iraq Goes to the Polls, the U.S. and Iran Hang Back

For the first time since the military defeat of the Islamic State, Iraqis are voting for a new parliament. And Tehran and Washington aren’t getting in the way.

An Israeli tank in the southern Gaza Strip on Sep. 1, 2005. (Abid Katib/Getty Images)

The Israelis Who Prevented a War With Iran

Netanyahu came close to ordering airstrikes in 2010 — but was thwarted by his own security chiefs.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In and U.S. President Donald Trump    at the presidential Blue House on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Trump Is Following, Not Leading

The United States has outsourced its foreign policy to regional allies. In South Korea, it might lead to peace — in Israel, it’s more likely leading to war.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets State Department employees during a welcome ceremony at the State Department in Washington on May 1. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s Hiring Moves Soothe Diplomats

In staffing and internal policies, he seems to be reversing trends of the Tillerson era that dispirited many diplomats.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards Air Force One in Morristown, New Jersey, on September 22, 2017. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Art of the Regime Change

Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has one goal in mind — and no plan to achieve it.

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