George H.W. Bush’s Misunderstood Presidency
The late 41st U.S. president’s prudence was once derided as the wimp factor, but it has aged well.
What Would Reagan Do on Iran?
If Washington wants to pressure Tehran, the White House should stop alienating allies, empowering hard-liners, and harming regular Iranians.
Did Camp David Doom the Palestinians?
A new diplomatic history argues that the United States, Egypt, and Israel prevented a Palestinian state from emerging. But leaders such as Yasser Arafat bear much of the blame.
How to Kill a Presidential Scandal
Republicans smothered the Iran-Contra affair. The same might happen with Trump and Russia.
By Bungling G-7, Trump Sabotaged Singapore
The United States needs its allies if it wants to make a deal with North Korea.
Some Summits Soar, Some Plunge
Nixon and Reagan managed to negotiate with Mao and Gorbachev because they had personal chemistry, common goals, and control of their domestic politics.
There’s No Happy Ending for Rex Tillerson
The secretary of state has held on for a year, but it’s too late for his tenure to end well.
How to Save Poland From Itself
Reagan intervened to rescue Poland from authoritarianism. Trump should do the same thing.
Edgar on Strategy (Part VIII): Reagan, Reykjavik, and strategic imagination
Imagination and fiction are essential elements of strategy.
Is Treason Still Punishable in America Today?
Donald Trump Jr.’s actions might rise to the level of criminal conspiracy against the republic, but it probably wouldn't even matter.
Donald Trump Is No Ronald Reagan
Trump is like Reagan in the same way that a card table is like a racehorse: They have the same number of legs, but after that the similarities are sparse.
If Anyone Can Bankrupt the United States, Trump Can
The president-elect’s economic plan is a ticket to debtor’s prison.
Meet Donald Trump’s Islamophobia Expert
When Trump needed the numbers to back his much-lambasted anti-Muslim immigration proposal, he knew who to turn to: long-time conservative activist Frank Gaffney.
That Time Reagan Explained Away the Murder of Americans Abroad With an Analogy About Kitchen Repairs
Watching Hillary Clinton’s grueling Benghazi testimony, it’s amazing how far the United States has come in facing — and fearing — threats to national security from the Middle East.
Judgment Day for Hissène Habré
Twenty-five years after he fled to Senegal, Chad’s former dictator is on trial for allegedly overseeing the killing and torturing of thousands of his own people. Will his victims see justice?
Mr. President, You’re No Ronald Reagan
How does Obama stack up against the GOP's favorite president?
State of the Union Buster
Scott Walker’s deeply unimpressive thoughts about foreign policy make everything about crushing organized labor. Here's why even the Gipper would find that ridiculous.