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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg answers journalists' questions as he arrives to attend the 54th Munich Security Conference on February 16, 2018 in Munich. ANDREAS GEBERT/AFP/Getty Images

If America Is First, Is NATO Second?

An interview with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speak in a press conference in Ankara, Turkey on Feb. 16, 2018. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Can’t Fix What Ails U.S. Ties With Turkey

The Trump administration’s not-so-charm offensive may have steered U.S.-Turkey relations away from the brink of collapse. That’s no cause for a victory lap just yet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at a map in his country at his residence of Novo-Ogaryevo outside Moscow, on Aug. 11, 2006. (Dmitry Astakhov)

Russia’s Clash With the West Is About Geography, Not Ideology

The Marshall Plan recognized the limits of U.S. power in Europe. To be successful, so must diplomacy with Moscow today.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. President Donald Trump take seats at a working dinner at NATO headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017. (Matt Dunham/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Shadow Hangs Over NATO

A year since Trump entered office, European allies are relieved the alliance is still standing, but U.S. leadership remains in doubt.

U.S. President Donald Trump at Yokota Air Base near Tokyo, Japan on November 5, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is the Worst Salesman America Has Ever Had

The United States is more unpopular than ever before, and that’s no accident.

The headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels on October 21, 2004. (Mark Renders/Getty Images)

No, Europe Isn’t Ambushing NATO

How to learn to stop worrying and love the EU’s new security and defense agreement.

Mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launchers during a rehearsal of the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 5, 2014. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

As Russia Subverts Missile Treaty, U.S. Looking at New Weapons

Since 1987, Europe has been off limits for medium-range missiles. Russia — and now the United States — seems ready to tear up that detente.

Leaders hold a meeting on Afghanistan during the NATO 2014 summit in Newport, South Wales, on Sep. 4, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO’s Little Noticed but Important New Aggressive Stance on Cyber Weapons

Not many people noticed it, but last month, NATO made a dramatic change in its cyber policy.

U.S. Navy Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 fly on a P8-A Poseidon aircraft on Nov. 2. (Carlos Reyes/AFP/Getty Images)

In Return to Cold War Posture, U.S. Sending Sub-Hunting Planes to Iceland

NATO and the United States are confronting years of neglect of their submarine-detecting capabilities, while Russia has pulled even.

Russian T-90 tanks take position before firing in Kubinka Patriot Park outside Moscow on August 22, 2017 during the first day of the "Army 2017" International Military-Technical Forum. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Russia Practicing a Dry Run for an Invasion of Belarus?

With tensions worsening between the two countries, Russia’s massive military exercise is firing a couple thousand warning shots at a reluctant ally.

(FILES) Picture taken on September 24, 2009 shows Belarussian soldiers near an S-300 surface-to-air missile complex using during the joint Russian-Belarussian military exercises "West-2009" some 230km southwest of Minsk near the village of Volka. Russia has arrested a Chinese national who was trying to secure secret documents about the country's S-300 missile systems, the FSB federal security service said on October 2011. The man, identified in Russian as Tung Shen-Yun, worked as an official translator and was originally arrested on October 28, 2010, Russian news agencies quoted an FSB statement as saying.     AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Belarus Is Going to “War” — With a Fake Country

A made-up nation created for Belarusian-Russian military drills has sparked the national imagination.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 26:  The U.S. State Department is shown January 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Four senior management team members at the State Department resigned January 25, adding to an exodus of career senior foreign service officers who have recently resigned their positions.
  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senior U.S. Diplomat Overseeing European Issues Forced Out

The Trump administration sidelines another experienced State Department official.

KORENGAL VALLEY, AFG - OCTOBER 27:  U.S. soldiers board an Army Chinook transport helicopter after it brought fresh soldiers and supplies to the Korengal Outpost October 27, 2008. The military spends huge effort and money to fly in supplies to soldiers of the 1-26 Infantry based in the Korengal Valley, site of some of the fiercest fighting of the Afghan war. The unpaved road into the remote area is bad and will become more treacherous with the onset of winter.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Back to the Future in Afghanistan

Trump’s “new approach” isn’t new at all, but it’s the least worst option.

PLESETSK, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: File photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) watching a launch,18 February 2004 at the Artic cosmodrome in Plesetsk. Russia has frozen its participation in a key arms control treaty that limits the deployment of military forces in Europe, the Kremlin announced 14 July 2007. President Vladimir Putin signed a decree halting Russia's application of the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) arms control treaty due to "exceptional circumstances ... broaching on the security of the Russian Federation," the statement said.   AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MARMUR (Photo credit should read MAXIM MARMUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the U.S. Ready for Russia’s Largest Military Exercises Since the Cold War?

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland are bracing for the appearance of up to 100,000 Russian troops in Belarus and western Russia.

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