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Merkel and Biden at the White House

Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2

His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

Iraqi prime minister speaks in Berlin.

Will Biden and Kadhimi Produce Platitudes on Iraq?

At the White House on Monday, the Iraqi leader needs a guarantee that Biden won’t use Iraq’s independence as a pawn in negotiations with Iran.

A boy holds a Djiboutian national flag in front of a Chinese national flag at the launching ceremony of new housing construction project in Djibouti on July 4, 2018.

To Win Friends and Influence People, America Should Learn From the CCP

Beijing’s development projects are flashy, fast, and relevant. Why aren’t Washington’s?

Joe Biden views an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on Aug. 18, 2011 in Beijing.

Biden’s Dangerous Doctrine

The administration’s core foreign policy is all about confronting China—and far riskier than Washington seems to realize.

The Taliban delegation leaves the hotel after meeting with representatives of Russia, China, the United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Qatar in Moscow on March 19.

China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance

Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.

A container ship sails on the Mediterranean Sea during a thunderstorm about 20 nautical miles from Malta on Sept. 24, 2017.

Free Trade Is Dead. Risky ‘Managed Trade’ Is Here.

The old trade order has gone out the window at breathtaking speed. What comes next is very slippery.

Family members mourn assassinated Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

In Lebanon, the Wheels of Justice Do Not Grind

The Hariri tribunal hasn’t led to a single arrest. Biden should let it expire and help Lebanon in better ways.

Speechwriter Ben Rhodes attends press briefing.

Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the press at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 1.

Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.

López Obrador speaks in Mexico City

Mexico’s López Obrador Is Pulling an Erdogan on Biden

By reducing U.S.-Mexican relations to migration, Biden is letting himself be played—and ignoring a crisis south of the border.

Biden leaves after discussing situation in Afghanistan.

The Top Five Debriefing Questions About Afghanistan

How to make sense of Washington’s longest war ever.

Angela Merkel

The Other Side of Angela Merkel

What the world has misunderstood about the German chancellor.

Tattered American Flag After Hurricane Sandy

America, Indicted

Yes, the United States is deeply divided and probably undeserving of global leadership, as two new books argue. But who else is there?

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board an American warship circa 1935.

The Intellectual Foundations of the Biden Revolution

Why is there no Rooseveltian school of foreign policy? American past and future greatness is unthinkable without it.

Chinese President Xi Jinping onscreen at Chinese Communist Party 100th anniversary event

The Party’s Party Is All About Xi

As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its 100th anniversary, nothing else counts but “Xi Jinping Thought.”

Displaced Syrians are in a camp in Idlib province.

When Humanitarian Aid Becomes a Bargaining Chip

Cross-border access into Syria has become a stress test for Putin and Biden's nascent relationship.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meets with retiring commander of CENTCOM Gen. Tommy Franks (left) in Tampa, Florida, on July 7, 2003.

Donald Rumsfeld Freed the World From ‘Mutual Assured Destruction’

His thinking on arms control proved prescient—but the howls reverberate to this day.

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