Peace

An engraving at the French National Library shows the ratification of the Peace of Westphalia in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 16, 1650. (Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Meet the Middle East’s Peace of Westphalia Re-enactors

Can a series of far-flung, high-level conferences bring peace to the Middle East by applying lessons from 17th-century Europe?

Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed (R) walks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (C) as an Eritrean delegation arrives for peace talks with Ethiopia at the international airport in Addis Ababa on June 26, 2018.

Ethiopia and Eritrea Have a Common Enemy

Abiy Ahmed and Isaias Afwerki are racing toward peace because they both face the same threat: hard-liners in the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front.

A Muslim man walks by the "separation barrier" or "security fence" in East Jerusalem on November 27, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel.

An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Can Work

The two-state solution is dead. Most one-state solutions are unacceptable to the other side. There is, however, a viable peace plan that appeals to both.

Mahmoud Abbas waits to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2017 in New York City.

Mohammed bin Salman Has Thrown the Palestinians Under the Bus

The United States and Arab governments have abandoned the Palestinian cause and believe they can browbeat Mahmoud Abbas into submission.

Donald Trump sings the national anthem with a U.S. Army chorus during a "Celebration of America" event on the south lawn of the White House June 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Is Trump’s America the Safest Country in the World?

The world is less dangerous than it was a year ago — but the long-term trends, if you're not American, have gotten cloudier.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In and U.S. President Donald Trump    at the presidential Blue House on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Trump Is Following, Not Leading

The United States has outsourced its foreign policy to regional allies. In South Korea, it might lead to peace — in Israel, it’s more likely leading to war.

A South Korean soldier stands under a display of North and South Korean missiles in Seoul on Dec. 12, 2002. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Korea’s Nuclear Nightmare Hasn’t Gone Away

Unless the United States changes its priorities, Korean diplomacy is probably doomed.

Peacekeeper troops from Ethiopia and deployed in the United Nations (UN) Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) patrol in a UN vehicle at night in Abyei town, Abyei state, on December 14, 2016. (ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Peacekeepers Shouldn’t Always Be Peaceful

The United Nations needs to accept that it's possible to fight and broker peace agreements at the same time.

President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leave after delivering a speech during a visit to the Israel Museum on May 23, 2017.

Forget the Ultimate Deal. The Mideast Needs the Status Quo.

Trump’s plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace is fanciful, dangerous, and not going anywhere.

Korean fans at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Andrew Yates/AFP/GettyImages)

The Olympics Will Only Make the Korea Crisis Worse

The founder of the games dreamed of inspiring world peace. He created an event that's always done the opposite.

President Donald Trump at Yokota Air Base at Fussa in Tokyo on November 5, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Dec. 6. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Blindsided Palestinian Leaders on Jerusalem Designation

U.S. officials failed to mention the impending recognition of the holy city as Israel's capital just days before Trump's announcement.

President Donald Trump holds up a proclaimation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6, at the White House. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is Not a Disaster

But the Trump administration needs to walk a very fine line with Palestine and Arab states.

Afghan security personnel destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Surkh Rod district of eastern Nangarhar province on Apr. 5. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Kill All the Poppies

There’s no way to ever win against the Taliban if the heroin trade is left to flourish.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) addresses demonstrators on Kashmir Solidarity day in Lahore on February 5, 2015. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Is Inviting Its Favorite Jihadis Into Parliament

It might seem like the Pakistani military is trying to defang its ostensible adversaries. It's really trying to empower them.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks while meeting with President-elect Donald Trump (L) following a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the Republican leadership in Congress later today on Capitol Hill.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Myth of a ‘Better’ Iran Deal

The Obama administration didn’t botch negotiations with Tehran. And Trump isn’t going to be able to get something tougher.

US President Donald Trump listen as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (out of frame) speaks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2017, after North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile, the first since Donald Trump became US president. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs a Diplomatic Surge for North Korea

The White House’s policy of maximum pressure is having precisely the wrong effect.

COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH - SEPTEMBER 19: Refugees are seen in the Falungkhali Rohingya refugee camp on September 19, 2017 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since late August during the outbreak of violence in the Rakhine state as Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence on the Rohingya crisis on Tuesday and defended the security forces while criticism on her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. Recent satellite images released by Amnesty International provided evidence that security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

The World Knew Ahead of Time the Rohingya Were Facing Genocide

We've never known more about oncoming atrocities, but are still mostly helpless to stop them.

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila looks on during a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on June 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe        (Photo credit should read PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Jig Is Up for Congo’s Embattled President

Instead of giving President Joseph Kabila a free pass to cling to power, world leaders should endorse a plan to replace him.

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