Elephants in the Room

An Iranian oil facility on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf on March 12, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

Looming Iran oil sanctions pose challenges for U.S. energy policy.

A preserved human specimen plays chess at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany on Nov. 16, 2006. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Trump Is Losing His Own 3D Chess Game

Trade is a complex global system. The White House has misidentified the problem—and created much bigger ones.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Johannesburg on July 27. (Mike Hutchings/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the United States to Push for a Better Zimbabwe

Monday’s election is an opportunity for Washington to come down on the side of accountability and constitutional rule.

An Israeli soldier stands next to a sign on Mount Bental, near the the Syrian border of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on May 10. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Moscow Holds the Key to Peace Between Jerusalem and Damascus

Russia is more important than the United States in averting war between Israel and Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, at a press event for the launch of the department's 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on May 29 in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Religious Persecution Is on the Rise. It’s Time for Policymakers and Academics to Take Notice.

“Under Caesar’s Sword,” a new book on the repression of Christians, sheds light on issues that officials from around the world have gathered in Washington to discuss.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

How Much Damage Did Trump Cause in Helsinki?

The president’s disgraceful remarks could have disturbing results.

US President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.      (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Sees Trump as an Easy Mark on Syria

Before their Helsinki summit, the U.S. president has given his Russian counterpart little reason to take him seriously.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (R) and Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Workeneh Gebeyehu prepare to welcome an Eritrean delegation at the international airport in Addis Ababa on June 26, 2018.

Trump Needs to Close the Deal in the Horn of Africa

A lasting peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea would be an enormous strategic win for the West.

Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (C) takes part in a women's march in Caracas on May 6, 2017.

Don’t Let Venezuela’s Government Smear the Opposition’s Brightest Star

Maduro’s autocratic regime is going after María Corina Machado because she is fearless and incorruptible. She needs Washington’s support.

U.S. President Donald Trump (C), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R), and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) pose for photos before attending the Northeast Asia Security Dinner at the U.S. Consulate General   in Hamburg, Germany, July 6, 2017.

With North Korea, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Trump's unilateral negotiating strategy will fail unless the United States collaborates with its regional allies — and adversaries — to forge a lasting peace.

Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces and future U.S. president, General Dwight D. Eisenhower (L) with British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (R), his deputy commander, in an unknown location in June 1944 after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches.

Washington Needs a New Solarium Project To Counter Cyberthreats

President Eisenhower confronted the unprecedented nuclear threat of the 1950s with a novel exercise. The United States needs a similar approach to tackle today's cyber threats.

U.S. President Donald Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on May 22. (Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

Singapore Was John Bolton’s Worst Nightmare

U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security advisor was marginalized at the summit, but his hard-nosed approach will be essential to dismantling North Korea’s nukes.

View of supporters of Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, during a campaign rally in Texcoco, state of Mexico. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP)

Why Mexico’s Foreign Policy is About to Turn Left

If populism sweeps to power in Mexico, the country's foreign policy will return to the 1930s.

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro at a press conference in Bogotá on June 14. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Hugo Chávez Is Haunting Colombia’s Election

Some Colombians fear that their country could go the way of Venezuela.

Hezbollah supporters in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 14, 2007. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanon Is Protecting Hezbollah’s Cocaine Trade in Latin America

The country's institutions are not a counterweight to Hezbollah, but its enablers.

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

Kim Got What He Wanted in Singapore. Trump Didn’t.

The G-7 and Singapore summits have put on display breathtaking strategic incoherence and appalling moral vacuity on the part of the Trump administration.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un departs Singapore  on June 12. (Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information via Getty Images)

Trump Pardons Another Celebrity Criminal

At the Singapore summit, the U.S. president let Kim off the hook.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and National Security Advisor John Bolton, right, at the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada, on June 9. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

By Bungling G-7, Trump Sabotaged Singapore

The United States needs its allies if it wants to make a deal with North Korea.

North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Feb. 2. (Zach Gibson/Pool/Getty Images)

North Korea Is a Human Rights Disaster. Trump Shouldn’t Turn a Blind Eye.

The United States has a moral responsibility and pragmatic imperative to keep rights violations on the table at the Singapore summit.

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