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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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump speak to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Performance in Helsinki Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise

U.S. allies in Europe are resigned to a trans-Atlantic relationship that keeps getting worse.

A general view taken on July 12, 2018 shows an empty room on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels. (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

Ban NATO Summits

As long as Donald Trump is president, they're just not worth it.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump, and British Prime Minister Theresa May at a NATO summit in Brussels on July 11. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Fumed, but NATO Members Got What They Wanted

Think the NATO summit was a complete dumpster fire? Think again.

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (right) and Gen. Denis Mercier, NATO's supreme commander for transformation, during a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 8. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Envoy to NATO: A Washington Insider Caught Between Trump and a Hard Place

Kay Bailey Hutchison will have to clean up whatever mess the president leaves behind in Brussels.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel chats with sailors of the German Navy while she visited the "Braunschweig" warship on January 19, 2016 in Kiel, Germany.

Trump Is Right About Germany’s Low-Energy Military

Berlin needs to spend more on defense, but the U.S. president's public demands are making it politically impossible.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron listen to Donald Trump on May 26, 2017 in Sicily. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU and NATO and Trump — Oh My!

Donald Trump’s trans-Atlantic policy is a contradiction in terms.

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) delivers a speech with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017.  (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Resigns in Disgust After Trump Anti-Europe Rants

James Melville is the latest in a string of career diplomat resignations over Trump’s comments and policies.

U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and other leaders gather during a NATO summit on May 25, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. (Stefan Rousseau - Pool/Getty Images)

Ahead of NATO Summit, U.S. President Exhorts Allies to Pay Up

European officials worry that Trump could roil yet another international summit.

Children working as street hawkers at a bazaar in western Kabul say their biggest fears are “terrorist attacks”
where they work and kidnappings. (Preethi Nallu/Samuel Hall)

Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War

As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 2018. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

NATO Chief Worried About Fissures Between United States and Europe

In an interview with Foreign Policy, Jens Stoltenberg cautioned against a new arms race with Russia.

Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing to be CIA director in Washington on Jan. 12, 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s What the Senate Should Ask Mike Pompeo

Democratic foreign-policy veterans want answers from Trump’s pick for secretary of state.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past sailors of the German Navy while visiting the "Braunschweig" warship on January 19, 2016 in Kiel, Germany.

Merkel’s Military Revival

Germany is poised to become Europe’s first line of defense, but facing down a revanchist Russia will require more spending and better coordination among NATO allies.

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