Elephants in the Room

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum reinstating sanctions on Iran at the White House on May 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Here’s What Trump Should Do Post-Nuke Deal

The United States must explain to its allies how withdrawing from the Iran deal fits into a larger strategy for the Middle East.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, clears dandruff off French President Emmanuel Macron's jacket in the White House Oval Office in Washington on April 24. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron Is Too Weak to Lead the Free World

Angela Merkel may have ceded her crown to France’s president. But neither can supplant Donald Trump.

Students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems on Dec. 30, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Seize on Iran’s Currency Crisis

An anti-regime alliance of rich and poor could be the key to ending clerical rule.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump, second from left, attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Could North Korea Help Bring the United States and China Closer Together?

The mutual challenge of managing Pyongyang could offer Washington and Beijing the chance to get along.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, left, and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak attend a meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC members in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on April 20. (Amer Hilabi/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Right to Target Saudi-Russian Collusion

Moscow and Riyadh are conspiring to rig global oil markets against the United States.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27. (Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

Pyongyang Is Playing Washington and Seoul

Hollow summits between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States only serve to benefit the North.

U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on April 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Needs to Clean Up After Rex Tillerson

The new secretary of state should focus on rebuilding his department.

U.S. President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 5, 2018. (Andel Ngab/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs a Plan for Israel’s Confrontation With Iran

Tehran and Moscow are becoming the arbiters of the Middle East — and Israel’s relationship with both is growing increasingly tense.

A man walks past abandoned shells on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on April 16. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right to Strike Syria

But he needs a more coherent strategy in the Middle East.

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the Colombian government in Bogotá on Oct. 2, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Help Colombia Thrive

As an era of peace approaches, both countries should take practical steps to strengthen the relationship.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Russia Policy Is Better Than Obama’s Was

The U.S. stance on Russia may have reached a post-Cold War high point.

Demonstrators burn a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump in Tehran on December 11, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

How Congress Can Help Trump Outmaneuver Iran

The United States needs a policy that unifies its allies in curbing Tehran.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 5. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Blame Russia. Blame Putin.

The U.S. president has strong personal reasons to remain in the Russian leader’s good graces.

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom speaks at the Atlantic Council in Washington on June 29, 2016. (Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Views on Trade Aren’t a Passing Fad

The United States and Europe must find a synthesis between the free trading dogmas of yesterday and the nationalist impulses of today.

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