The Fire in Syria Is Shedding Light on the United States
There’s only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It’s forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.
The Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring One of the World’s Biggest Looming Threats
Whoever sits in the White House come 2021 will likely have to confront a pandemic of some kind. He or she should start preparing now.
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It Is Time for the United States to Stand Up to China in Hong Kong
Tweets aren’t enough. Washington must make clear that it expects Beijing to live up to its commitments—and it will respond when China does not.
After Trump, the United States Should Return to Obama’s Iran Deal
A new administration could re-enter the accord within 60 days.
The Next U.S. President Should Make a New Deal with Iran
If Democrats win in 2020, they should work with America’s regional allies to strike a new nuclear agreement while showing zero tolerance for Tehran’s regional destabilization campaign.
Democrats Face a Defense Spending Conundrum
The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.
11 Charts That Track the Weight of Foreign Policy in U.S. Primary Debates
Candidates have faced fewer global questions since the elections of 2004 and 2008, but China and trade have remained consistently popular topics.
How Democrats Can Get Tough on China—Without Imitating Trump
The current White House has legitimate concerns but counterproductive solutions.
A Foreign-Policy Cheat Sheet for the Democratic Debates
We know what the candidates want to talk about. Here's what journalists should be asking.
Democrats Won’t Win by Being Trump Lite on Trade
International trade isn’t the problem—it’s Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.
An Icon of the Left Tells Democrats: Don’t Go Socialist
The economist Joseph Stiglitz still mistrusts markets. But he’s worried "democratic socialism" will cost the Dems the 2020 election.
The 2020 Candidates Aren’t Talking About Foreign Policy. They Need to Start.
The United States caused many of the planet’s problems and can still unmake them—but only if its politicians face up to the challenge.
How Biden’s Greatest Strength Could Prove a Weakness
No one can touch him on foreign-policy experience, especially Trump. But his long voting record will also be a vulnerability, starting with Iraq.
Uncle Joe Is Ready to Run the World
Joe Biden is the only candidate for the White House with a foreign-policy philosophy that’s proven to work.
Bernie Sanders Still Doesn’t Pass the Commander-in-Chief Test
It’s time to stop grading the Democratic front-runner’s foreign policy on a curve.
With Emergency Declaration, Trump Sticks by His Populist Persona
Trump will continue targeting immigrants, while the Democrats will target the rich. Success in 2020 will depend on the messaging.
Trump’s Trade Woes Cloud His Re-Election Chances
The new NAFTA is going nowhere, China’s not budging, and farmers are going under.
How Trump Stole the Democrats’ Best 2020 Foreign-Policy Stances
From trade to troop drawdowns, some Dem presidential contenders may have a hard time contrasting their views with the president’s.