Joe Biden Is Actually Listening
The world can take solace that the potential next U.S. president is fundamentally a politician at heart.
India’s Alliance With Israel Is a Model for the World’s Illiberal Leaders
From arms deals to occupation in Kashmir and the West Bank, Modi and Netanyahu increasingly share the same ethnonationalist worldview.
Document of the Week: Czech Pol to China: Piss Off
A local Czech politician tells China’s foreign minister not to “open your trap” again about his country’s relations with Taiwan.
U.S. Envoy Says Former Officials’ Call for Russia Rethink Is ‘Shameful’
James Gilmore, Trump’s ambassador to the OSCE, said he was “embarrassed” by calls from experts—including some of his former colleagues—to normalize ties with Russia.
Is Trump Touting His Diplomatic Achievements to Get Reelected?
Both parties have featured speeches from key diplomats at their conventions, with Mike Pompeo making a controversial cameo at the RNC—but they aren’t proposing much that’s new.
The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be
The deal defers the idea of annexation rather than burying it, and could exacerbate tensions between Iran and the Gulf States.
China’s Soft-Power Grab
Beijing is ramping up support for U.N. and a host of other international organizations, racking up more influence even as Washington is in headlong retreat.
The U.S. Was Set to Send an Ambassador to Belarus. Then Came the Crackdown.
Lawmakers threaten to block the confirmation of the first U.S. envoy to Belarus in over a decade. But others say an ambassador is needed now more than ever.
Oslo Is Dead, the Two-State Solution Isn’t
A two-state solution remains the only politically viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and, with the right Israeli and U.S. leaders, it can be achieved outside the Oslo framework.
Trump’s Hand-Picked State Department Watchdog Quits Less Than 3 Months Into the Job
The latest high-profile departure underscores the turmoil at Foggy Bottom, and officials fear it will weaken an important watchdog already under fire from top Trump officials.
To Avoid a Coronavirus Depression, the U.S. Can’t Afford to Alienate the World
America needs a cooperative global economy to dig itself out of the downturn. That will require deft economic diplomacy, not bluster and bullying.
Pompeo’s Strategy Depends on Beijing’s Own Paranoia
The U.S. secretary of state is raising the temperature with China to force decoupling.
Document of the Week: Pompeo Buries U.S.-China Engagement Policy
A glimpse back at the beginning. Nixon and Kissinger’s vision of friendship with China is being put to rest by Trump administration.
Big-Power Rivalries Hamstring Top U.N. Missions
Big and small powers increasingly handpick U.N. special representatives, testing the authority and independence of the U.N. secretary-general.