Elephants in the Room

U.S. President Donald Trump and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Nov. 30, 2018.

A Deal to Stop the Saudis From Drowning U.S. Shale Would Come None Too Soon

Trump has finally realized the U.S. energy industry is under attack. Better late than never.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks past a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Feb. 16.

The Coronavirus Is Absolutely No Excuse to Lift Sanctions on Iran

Exploiting Iran's coronavirus crisis to demand an end to sanctions is fundamentally dishonest—and panders to a brutal regime.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs new sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the White House in Washington, DC, on  June 24, 2019.

If Trump Hates Obama’s Nuclear Deal, Why Is He Letting Up on Iran?

Iran is stockpiling enriched uranium and may soon receive advanced weapons from Russia. Trump has an easy way to tighten the screws.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders square off at the Democratic presidential debate in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 15.

Big Takeaways From the Biden-Sanders Debate

Our experts weigh in on the first head-to-head debate between the two main remaining Democratic contenders.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the NATO summit in Watford, England, on Dec. 4, 2019.

Trump and Johnson Can Quickly Strike a Trade Deal—If They Avoid the Pitfalls

The U.S. and Britain both want a trade agreement post-Brexit. China and chickens could get in the way.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump confer at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2019.

Europe Is Thinking Harder About Divorcing America

European leaders are flirting with the idea of going it alone—but Washington should be willing to call their bluff.

Iraqi demonstrators lift a poster of premier-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi

Iraq Needs Regime Change Again

Musical chairs in the Iraqi parliament can no longer solve the country's problems.

Candidates take part in the Democratic Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 19. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

The Debate That Democrats Didn’t Have in Las Vegas

Republican foreign-policy experts weigh in on the most eventful debate of the 2020 primary.

Sudanese protesters arrive to the town of Atbara from Khartoum on Dec. 19, 2019, to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the uprising that toppled former President Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan Is Remaking Its Relationship With the Rest of the World

From meeting with Netanyahu to working with the ICC, the new government is reversing the foreign policy of the Bashir era.

A woman uses her phone as she walks past an ATM for the digital currency bitcoin in Hong Kong on Dec. 18, 2017.

The Greenback Needs a Digital Makeover

To preserve the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency, the United States can’t let China get ahead on cryptocurrency.

A World Trade Organization sign is seen at WTO headquarters in Geneva on Sept. 21, 2018.

Trump’s Real Trade War Is Being Waged on the WTO

By undermining the organization’s dispute resolution body, the administration is undoing decades of rules-based economic cooperation—to the United States’ own peril.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders participate in a Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 20.

Democratic Frontrunners Are Wrong About Aid for Israel

Putting America’s annual $3.8 billion of military assistance to Israel on the chopping block makes for good politics. But it makes no sense for U.S. national security.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with West Point cadets

Trump Battled the Navy. Here Are the Casualties.

Ten takeaways from the biggest civil-military crisis (so far) of the Trump administration.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles in northeastern Syria on Nov. 3. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The Realists Are Wrong About Syria

Neither Trump nor the international relations experts who cheered his choice to withdraw U.S. troops have wrestled adequately with the costs of departure.

Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Turki bin Saleh al-Malki displays materials recovered from an attack targetting a Saudi Aramco facility during a press conference in Riyadh on Sept. 18.

U.S. Deterrence in the Middle East Is Collapsing

The withdrawal from Syria is part of a broader pattern of weakness, especially in response to Iran.

Displayed on a monitor, U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.

Trump’s Globalism Is a Caricature of Multilateralism

When it comes to international cooperation, the White House is repeating the mistakes of the past.

Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga reviews an honor guard during a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Sept. 20.

The United States Should Help Mongolia Stand Up to China

On Beijing’s doorstep, Ulaanbaatar continues to defy the geopolitical odds.

Displayed on a monitor, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.

Refusing to Talk With Iran Is a Mistake

Donald Trump should use the U.N. General Assembly as an opportunity to open dialogue with Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Demonstrators protest outside the Sudanese Justice Ministry in Khartoum on Sept. 19.

The United States Should Lift Sanctions on Sudan

It’s finally time to breathe new life into the country’s moribund economy.

Visitors walk past China's second nuclear missile on display as they visit the Military Museum in Beijing, 23 July 2007.

Dear China, We Have to Talk About Your Nukes

The United States and Russia can’t maintain the global system of nuclear deterrence on their own anymore.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on Iran sanctions in the White House on June 24.

Trump’s Iran Policy Hasn’t Failed—Yet

Maximum pressure could still deliver strategic outcomes.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Fabiana Rosales de Guaidó, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, in the White House on March 27.

Trump Should Not Forget Venezuela

Even with the eyes of the world elsewhere, here’s how Trump can keep up pressure on Maduro.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29.

In Japan and South Korea, Trump Boxed Himself In

The United States is not making progress in its trade war with China or in nuclear talks with North Korea.

A protester waves a Sudanese flag in Khartoum on May 17.

Washington Is Turning Its Back on Sudan

The United States should not abandon the Sudanese in their greatest hour of need.

U.S. troops land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

The Lessons of 1944 Are in Jeopardy

Seventy-five years after D-Day, the United States should remember that on-the-ground leadership still works.

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