The Untold Story of How George W. Bush Lost China
The U.S.-China relationship started veering wildly off track 15 years ago—but Washington stumbled badly in its response.
11 Charts That Track the Weight of Foreign Policy in U.S. Primary Debates
Candidates have faced fewer global questions since the elections of 2004 and 2008, but China and trade have remained consistently popular topics.
Document of the Week: The 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on WMDs in Iraq
The Iraq intelligence debacle casts a shadow over the U.S. assessment of a threat from Iran.
The Long Rise and Sudden Fall of American Diplomacy
One of Washington's most accomplished diplomats has traced how U.S. foreign policy went astray over decades—and how it can get back on track.
George H.W. Bush’s Misunderstood Presidency
The late 41st U.S. president’s prudence was once derided as the wimp factor, but it has aged well.
Did Camp David Doom the Palestinians?
A new diplomatic history argues that the United States, Egypt, and Israel prevented a Palestinian state from emerging. But leaders such as Yasser Arafat bear much of the blame.
If Trump Wants the Ultimate Deal, He Must Not Repeat These Mistakes
Israeli-Palestinian peace is elusive because both sides—and the United States—have made a series of damaging but preventable errors.
Al Qaeda Won
Seventeen years after the 9/11 attacks, the terrorists have definitively won the battle for the American mind.
Trump’s Jerusalem Theatrics Have Dealt A Blow to Peace
The president's reckless move reversed decades of sensible bipartisan policy. Holding out the possibility of a Palestinian capital in the holy city can keep hope for a negotiated settlement alive.
Welcome to the Dick Cheney Administration
The problem with John Bolton isn’t that he’s an extremist. It's that he’s mainstream.
The Middle East’s Age of Innocence Is Over
The traditional object of the West’s romantic foreign-policy visions is now the graveyard of its idealism.
Foreign Officials See Bush and Obama in Trump
From an international perspective, the 45th president doesn't seem like a bolt from the blue.
Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring
There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.
Could ISIS Have Been Averted?
Different choices by the Obama administration could have made it harder for the Islamic State to become as powerful as it did.
Goodbye and Hello: A Shadow Government Peaceful Transfer of Power
A look back on the past eight years, a transition to a new Shadow Government, and where the Elephants in the Room go from here.
The Broken Policy Promises of W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama
And why, from the Persian Gulf to Iraq to Syria, Americans haven’t gotten — and won’t be getting — the foreign policy they want.
Every Move You Make
Over eight years, President Barack Obama has created the most intrusive surveillance apparatus in the world. To what end?
The George W. Bush Administration Still Lives in a World of Make-Believe
A recent review of my biography of President Bush reaffirms the arguments it seeks to dispute.
It’s Impossible to Count the Things Wrong With the Negligent, Spurious, Distorted New Biography of George W. Bush
Jean Edward Smith’s biography is so replete with factual errors and specious judgments that an extended set of corrections and remonstrances seems warranted.