Foreign & Public Diplomacy

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stands next to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Colombo.

As India and China Compete, Smaller States Are Cashing In

The Maldives and Sri Lanka show how they can bargain with bigger powers to their advantage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Stop Panicking About Ukraine—and Putin

Russia has its own limits and logic that make war unlikely.

NATO Secretary-General George Robertson and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Brussels in October 2001.

When Putin Loved NATO

Former NATO Secretary-General George Robertson, who had a cordial relationship with the Russian leader, recalls an era when Moscow wanted closer ties with the West.

A meeting of the United Nations Security Council

Biden Plans U.N. Showdown if Russia Invades Ukraine

There’s lots of history at the Security Council, but few changes.

China and the Maldives’ presidents attend a welcome ceremony.

China’s Two-Ocean Strategy Puts India in a Pincer

The Chinese foreign minister’s island hopping is the latest sign of contestation over the Indo-Pacific.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita takes part in a virtual meeting with his U.S. and Israeli counterparts from his office in Rabat, Morocco, on Dec. 22, 2021.

Morocco’s Diplomatic Morass

Despite Washington’s about-face on Western Sahara, the erstwhile darling of U.S. policy circles is more isolated than ever.

The cross for Christianity, the Star of David for Judaism and the crescent moon for Islam

The Two-State Solution Is Dead—and Liberal Zionists Can’t Save It

The book “Haifa Republic” is a noble effort to salvage a worldview that no longer has anything to offer.

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