NATO

A Russian flag flies next to the U.S. Embassy building in Moscow on Oct. 22. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Not Too Late to Save the INF Treaty

No one should dismiss lightly an agreement that has helped keep the United States and its allies safe for a generation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin points at a map while inspecting the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, linking Russia and the Crimean peninsula, while aboard a helicopter on March 18, 2016. (Mikhail Klimenty/AFP/Getty Images)

Goodbye Grotius, Hello Putin

Russia’s provocations in the Kerch Strait aren’t just a challenge to Ukraine. Like Beijing in the South China Sea, Moscow is seeking to undermine international maritime law.

From left: Robert Story Karem, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, Thomas Goffus, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO, and
Alan Patterson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs. (William Pratt/U.S. Army/Department of Defense/Foreign Policy illustration)

Three Senior Pentagon Officials Leave in Quick Succession

Departures come amid speculation that Defense Secretary Mattis is on his way out.

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, walks with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, third from left, and National Security Advisor John Bolton, second from left, during the NATO summit in Brussels, on July 11. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Bolton’s Whisper Campaign to Oust Mattis

Sources say the hawkish national security advisor is behind rumors that the defense secretary plans to resign.

U.S. and Polish troops in Orzysz, Poland, on April 13, 2017. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

Fort Trump Is a Farce

The question of a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland is complicated. The White House shouldn’t treat it as a vanity project.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province on July 7. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Needs an Afghanistan Exit Strategy

Washington should hand over U.S. military and political roles to other countries, including China.

Britain's Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, gestures to the crowd not to cheer him before he speaks during a rally in central London on May 12, 2018.

Jeremy Corbyn Has a Soft Spot for Extremists

The British Labour leader misses no opportunity to condemn the West, but he’s full of praise for violent revolutionaries.

A woman holds a “Yes” poster during a rally in Tetovo, Macedonia, on Sept. 27, before this weekend’s referendum on changing Macedonia’s name. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Don’t Let Russia Get Its Way in Macedonia

Moscow wants this weekend’s referendum to fail, but Macedonians should vote to change their country’s name and join Europe once and for all.

Macedonians in Skopje rally in support of changing their country's name on Sept. 16. (Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for Macedonia to Accept Compromise

Voters in the country’s upcoming name-change referendum should not allow nationalist opposition or foreign interference to stand in their way.

A Kosovar police officer walks past burning logs as Kosovo Albanians gather around a barricade blocking access to a village due to be visited by the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, on the main road between Mitrovica, in the north of Kosovo, and the village of Banje, a Serbian enclave on Sept. 9.

Partition in Kosovo Will Lead to Disaster

Ill-advised land swaps and population transfers won’t bring peace. They’re more likely to revive the bloodshed that plagued the Balkans during the 1990s.

A demonstrator holds a banner in front of the parliament building in Skopje on June 13, 2018 during a protest against an agreement with Greece to change Macedonia's name. (Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images)

For Macedonia, Is Joining NATO and the EU Worth the Trouble?

A referendum could decide whether the country will change its name to gain entrance. But those prizes have lost their shine.

A supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves a flag against an electronic billboard during a rally in Ankara on July 18, 2016.(Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Myth of Erdogan’s Power

Far from a sultan, the Turkish president is hemmed in by the nationalists who back him—and they don’t want him to get too close to Russia.

Then-Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves delivers a speech during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Feb. 2, 2016.  (Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Should Look to What the United States Does—Not What Trump Says

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Estonia’s former president, on what to make of U.S. foreign policy toward Russia.

Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, U.S. President Harry Truman, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the conference to negotiate the future of Europe after World War II in Potsdam, Germany on July 23, 1945. (AFP/Getty Images)

Why I Didn’t Sign Up to Defend the International Order

The world needs new institutions for a new era—and nostalgia for a past that never existed won't help.

Montenegrin Army soldiers fire artillery look at the Montenegro flag during preparations on the eve of Independence day, on May 20, 2010 in Cetinje, Montenegro.

A Russian Attack on Montenegro Could Mean the End of NATO

Trump doesn’t think the country is worth defending. Putin has already tried to destabilize it once—the West can’t let it happen again.

A woman walks across a carpet ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

NATO Isn’t What You Think It Is

An attack on one isn't really an attack on all and four other misunderstood facts about the Western defense alliance.

An activist prepares a balloon painted to look like planet Earth and decorated with orange hair and eyebrows in the likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump during a climate protest prior to a meeting of European Union leaders at the Chancellery on June 29, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The World Order Is Starting to Crack

America's allies and adversaries are adapting to Donald Trump in ways that can't easily be reversed.

Radoslaw Sikorski, a former Polish minister of foreign affairs and defense, in Krakow, Poland, on December 17, 2017.  (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

‘We Have No Idea What President Trump Would Do in a Crisis with Russia.’

Poland’s former defense and foreign minister explains how Trump left Eastern Europe in the lurch.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

How Much Damage Did Trump Cause in Helsinki?

The president’s disgraceful remarks could have disturbing results.

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