The Perils of a Putsch in Venezuela
Encouraging a coup in Caracas will give Russia and China a foothold in the United States’ backyard.
Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough
The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.
Welcome to Syria 2.0
The country’s civil war is over — and an entirely new one has started, with the United States at the center of it.
Trump’s Five Mistaken Reasons for Withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
It's still not too late to save America's trading future.
Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Can’t Be Stopped
There are almost no checks and balances on the administration’s conduct of international affairs. And most Americans are fine with that.
The United States and Turkey Are on a Collision Course in Syria
An insider’s view on how we got here — and what Trump can do about it.
Russia’s Controversial European Gas Project Is Under Fire, Again
Environmental violations thrust Nord Stream 2 and its European partners into an awkward position.
This Isn’t Realpolitik. This Is Amateur Hour.
The Trump administration’s Asia policy is the worst of all possible worlds.
It’s Time for America to Cut South Korea Loose
The first step to solving the North Korean problem is removing U.S. troops from the middle of it.
What Trump Calls Strength, China Calls Stupidity
Donald Trump’s Syria strike may have upstaged Xi Jinping’s summit, but Beijing is only too happy to see the United States trap itself again in the Middle East.
Turkey Is a Dictatorship Masquerading as a NATO Democracy
Recep Erdogan's slow-motion plan to abandon democracy — and buy the West's silence — is almost complete.
Erdogan’s International Network of Muslim Cleric Spies
The hidden backstory to the latest diplomatic blowup between Turkey and Europe.
Best Defense contest: Trump crisis predictions that haven’t happened yet
For those keeping score in our contest to pick President Trump’s first foreign policy crisis, these are the ones that haven’t happened yet.
Saving the World, One Meaningless Buzzword at a Time
How corporations, activists, and politicians turned the language of human rights into meaningless babble.
Angela Merkel Has a Playbook for Bullies Like Trump
Literally, there’s a five-point plan that she has used to take down macho adversaries her entire career.
All Aboard China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Express
China’s railway from the Pacific to London showcases the country's turn toward Europe at a time of tension with the United States.
Donald Trump: Making the World Safe for Dictators
For 100 years, the United States has championed democracies around the world. Trump is about to undo this pillar of American security and decency.
The Foreign Policy Wonk’s Best Songs of 2016
From Filipino folk to Ukrainian pop to the Rolling Stones, it was a turbulent political year, with a soundtrack to match.
The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2017
It’s time to start setting priorities for the coming year of war and conflict.
Enough Hysterics. Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Isn’t Reckless or Radical.
Despite the hand-wringing of the Trumpophobes, there’s a lot of rationality and realism behind the president-elect’s evolving strategy.