John Hume Left Behind a Peaceful—but Divided—Ireland
The Nobel Peace Laureate helped bring nearly three decades of bloodshed in Northern Ireland to an end. But reconciliation between the country’s communities remains unrealized.
Biden Bucks Progressives, Won’t Denounce Israeli Occupation
The Sanders wing has scored a lot of victories in the Democratic platform—but didn’t get all it wanted on Israel.
Will America’s Alliances Survive the Trump Era?
A new book advances a robust defense of the U.S. system of alliances. A post-pandemic world requires adaptation and renewed coordination against common threats.
The Two-State Solution Is Dead. What Comes Next Is Worse.
Annexation of the West Bank would cement a one-state reality on the ground, enshrining Israeli rights over Palestinians.
Taliban Leadership in Disarray on Verge of Peace Talks
The coronavirus has swept through the top ranks, leaving Mullah Omar’s son tenuously in charge.
As Cease-Fire Expires, Afghanistan Yearns for Peace
With new Taliban prisoner releases, the Afghan government hints at progress with peace talks.
Horrific Attack on Maternity Ward Threatens to Upend Afghan Truce
Kabul blames the Taliban for the killing of mothers and newborn babies but questions about the culprits remain.
Netanyahu’s Annexation Plan Is a Threat to Israel’s National Security
Annexing the West Bank would threaten Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, anger allies in the Gulf, undermine the Palestinian Authority, and endanger Israel as a Jewish democracy.
How Trump and Putin Weakened U.N. Bid for a Global Cease-Fire
U.S. officials worry that counterterrorism operations will be constrained.
We Can Make the Post-Coronavirus World a Much Less Violent Place
The pandemic has decreased some kinds of crime and increased others. But the world is much safer than it used to be, and we know how to make it even safer.
Waiting for Peace on the Front Lines
As political divisions hold up talks with the Taliban, Afghan forces are paying the price.
Death by Drone: America’s Vicious Legacy in Afghanistan
As the United States prepares to leave, thousands of killings remain unprobed, and Washington refuses to talk about them.
Annexation Would Threaten U.S. Military Support for Israel
Netanyahu's planned land grab in the West Bank will undermine bipartisan support for U.S.-Israel defense ties—endangering the special relationship and Israelis’ security.
Afghans Wonder: Is the Peace Deal Just for Americans?
The Taliban are happily talking with Trump and standing down against U.S. troops, but they say they are "still at war" with Afghan national security forces.
The United States Wants Peace. The Taliban Wants an Emirate.
The two sides smiled for the cameras at their historic ceremony in Doha, but they couldn’t hide why they've been enemies for decades.
Our Top Weekend Reads
China’s response to the coronavirus, the EU pushing refugees into Rwanda, and fears of another civil war in Afghanistan.