Elephants in the Room

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on Oct. 7. (AFP photo/KCNA via KNS/Getty Images)

Trump Should Focus on Deterring North Korea

Negotiations and the use of force both hold little promise.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 18. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Trump Has an Iran Strategy — But It Will Be Very Tough to Pull Off

The Trump administration’s game plan has a certain logic, but executing it will be the most difficult diplomatic gambit his team has attempted thus far.

Andrej Babis near Prague on Oct. 04, 2017. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Czech Republic Falling Under Putin’s Shadow?

Central Europe and the Balkans are slowly but surely slipping away from the West’s embrace.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the United States to Grade the U.N. and Other International Organizations

An American assessment regimen would propel international organizations to better serve their own missions — and to incorporate U.S. interests.

Supporters wave flags and chant slogans inside the Erbil Stadium while waiting to hear Kurdish President Masoud Barzani speak at a rally for the upcoming referendum for independence on Sept. 22.

The United States Must Prevent Disaster in Kurdistan

America should calm the waters, begin the search for compromises, and keep the very worst from happening.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the parliament in Tehran on Aug. 15. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

If the U.S. Reimposes Sanctions on Iran, Allies Will Follow

Cry as they might along the way, no European or Asian corporation is going to choose a terrorist regime over access to the U.S. dollar. 

This picture taken on September 25, 2017 shows South Korean cadets standing in front of a Hyunmoo-3 cruise missile system during a media day presentation of a commemoration event marking South Korea's Armed Forces Day, which will fall on October 1, at the Second Fleet Command of Navy in Pyeongtaek.  / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Reckon With What It Would Really Take to Deter North Korea

A policy of unification would perhaps forestall the irreversible nuclearization of Asia.

TOPSHOT - An old American car passes by the US Embassy in Havana on December 17, 2015. The United States announced Thursday the resumption of regular flights to and from Cuba, the latest step in a historic thaw in relations. "On December 16, the United States and Cuba reached a bilateral arrangement to establish scheduled air services between the two countries," the State Department said in a statement. / AFP / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

If Cuba Can’t Keep U.S. Diplomats Safe, What’s the Point of Normalizing Relations?

The Trump administration should immediately reduce the U.S. embassy in Havana to skeleton staff and order the same for the Cuban embassy in Washington.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes her oath of office for her third term as chancellor at the Bundestag during ceremonies in which the new German government was sworn in on December 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The new government is a coalition between the German Christian Democrats (CDU), the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) and German Social Democrats (SPD) following federal elections held in September.

German Democracy Is Too Strong for the Far Right to Destroy

Germany appears to have resisted the siren song of the far right and far left and opted to stick with a known quantity.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19:  President Donald Trump speaks to world leaders at the 72nd United Nations (UN) General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017 in New York City. This is Trump's first appearance at the General Assembly where he addressed threats from Iran and North Korea among other global concerns.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A U.S. President Is Finally Speaking Up for the People of Iran

At his speech to the U.N., Trump put the plight of Iranians front and center.

US President Donald Trump (C) greets Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) during a luncheon at the United Nations headquarters during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly September 19, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fatal Flaw in Trump’s U.N. Speech Could Be Disastrous for American Power

Urging states to act uncompromisingly in their self-interest is actually not in America’s national interest. 

A Colombian anti-drugs police officer arranges packages of cocaine to be shown to the press on May 29, 2013, in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Anti-narcotics unit of the National Police seized 1,4 tons of cocaine during an operation called "Republic 41". Authorities said the drug would be sent to Guatemala and belonged to the criminal gang "Los Rastrojos". AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYO        (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States is Losing the War on Drugs in the Americas

Eradication and interdiction are not foreign impositions, but essential pillars of any counternarcotics strategy, augmenting and working in concert with prevention and treatment-oriented policies.  

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