U.S. Officer in Persian Gulf Snafu Allowed To Stay In Navy, Panel Rules
The skipper of two riverine boats captured by Iran last year will get to remain in the Navy after all. A naval administrative board rejected a request from commanders to force him out of the service.
Big Powers Clip U.N. Secretary-General’s Wings
In an early challenge to António Guterres' independence, the United States and other veto-wielding powers insist on filling U.N. jobs with their own picks.
Obama Can Strike One Last Iran Deal
The fate of two Americans detained in Iran's notorious Evin Prison could hinge on the final days of the Obama administration.
Bibi’s Revenge at U.N. Risks Israel’s Bid for Security Council Seat
Israel’s dream of a seat on the 15-nation body is dimming as Netanyahu retaliates against countries that opposed settlement expansion.
President Trump and the Art of the ‘Ultimate’ Israel-Palestine Peace Deal
The two-state solution is not lost for the incoming administration. But Trump will have to pick his battles on settlements wisely.
U.S. Push to Halt Genocide in South Sudan Unravels at United Nations
The Security Council is balking at an arms embargo that is too little, too late for the world’s youngest nation.
U.S. Scraps Plan to Punish Syria for Using Chemical Weapons
With an assist from Moscow, Damascus could dodge sanctions for gassing its own people.
The Blob Is Back: The Revenge of the Syria Hawks
With Obama leaving, Washington’s foreign-policy brain trust sees a fresh opportunity to take the fight to Assad.
U.S. Pushing for International Action to Destroy Syria’s Chlorine Stocks, Barrel Bombs
The Obama administration wants to censure Syria with international support it is rallying through the global watchdog on chemical weapons.
How Failed Peace Talks in Syria Help Al Qaeda
If the West can’t deliver for Syria’s mainstream rebels, maybe al Qaeda will.
Obama’s Syria Strategy Is the Definition of Insanity
Another ceasefire is in tatters. But America keeps reaching out to Russia while expecting a different result.
Dinner, Drinks, and a Near-Fatal Ambush for U.S. Diplomats
President Salva Kiir has been feted by the White House. So why are his goons trying to kill American officials in South Sudan?
So, You Want to Be U.N. Secretary-General?
The Security Council is about to start winnowing down the cluttered slate of aspirants for the top U.N. job.
Exclusive: Iran Teams With Taliban to Fight Islamic State in Afghanistan
Tehran and the Taliban have been at each other's throats for decades, but the Islamic State's rise has the two historical enemies teaming up like never before.
The Washington Insider Who Believes He’s an Outsider
What the profile of Ben Rhodes tells us about ego and politics inside the Obama administration.
White House Spin Doctor Tries to Unspin Situation He Spun Himself Into
Ben Rhodes is trying to untangle a web that he has spun for himself.
Joe Biden Didn’t Lose Iraq
The veep may have poor timing, but when it comes to Iraq, he's the only one in the Obama administration trying to save it.
Is Jim Kim Destroying the World Bank — or Saving it From Itself?
The good doctor Kim is out to salvage the bank's global relevance. But his radical reforms have critics calling for his head.
Deep Rifts With Saudi Arabia Overshadow Obama’s Trip
President Barack Obama tried his best to paper over differences between his administration and Saudi Arabia as he concluded a two-day summit in Riyadh with the heads of six Persian Gulf countries.
Egypt Extends Campaign Against Dissent to Turtle Bay
From Burundi to Syria, the lone Arab member of the U.N. Security Council is sparking concerns that it’s working to weaken international human rights norms.