With Taliban Talks Soon to Start, Afghan Government Splits Apart
The Taliban gloat as Afghanistan’s chief executive refuses to accept the election outcome and vows to form his own “inclusive government.”
World Stock Markets Begin Betting on a Coronavirus Slowdown
Big declines in the United States, Europe, and Asia and an inverted yield curve indicate market players are starting to fear the worst.
How America’s First Jewish President Could Be Tougher on Israel Than His Predecessors
Bernie Sanders, if he wins the White House, could be the first U.S. leader in more than 40 years to declare Jewish settlements illegal.
Death on the Nile
Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt for three decades, leaving a legacy of oppression and corruption.
Beyond Deutsche: U.S. Banks Also Implicated in Dubious Partnerships Abroad
Investigators say big banks in the United States and elsewhere too often fail to do due diligence on investors.
Richard Grenell: Pundit, Envoy, Spokesman. Spy?
His ascension to the highest intelligence post in the United States heightens fears that the Trump administration is politicizing intelligence.
Putin Fires His Puppet Master
Vladislav Surkov, who stage-managed Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, is replaced.
Pompeo Announces Taliban Peace Deal Plan
The pact pledging “intra-Afghan” talks is to be signed Feb. 29, but questions remain over whether the deal will last.
Top Pentagon Policy Official Pushed Out
John Rood, the U.S. Defense Department’s policy chief, has been blamed for an exodus of civilians from the Pentagon.
Coronavirus Begins to Spread Economic Gloom Worldwide
Supply chain disruptions are upsetting markets globally, but especially in Asia.
How Russia Is Prodding Scotland Toward Independence
To justify its breakup of Ukraine, the Kremlin seeks to embarrass the U.K. and other major NATO allies. But the Scottish National Party wants nothing to do with Putin.
Is Trump Putting U.S.-India Partnership at Risk Ahead of Visit?
By haggling over tiny trade issues, experts worry the Trump administration could weaken efforts to woo India as a strategic partner.
Afghans Fear Yet Another Civil War
The U.S.-Taliban truce raises some hope—but not while the Afghan government remains a stranger to the talks.
Pompeo Aims to Cut Funds for Program Honoring Envoy Killed in Benghazi
The secretary of state rose to prominence investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack. Now he’s on board with an administration plan to eliminate funding for a program honoring Chris Stevens.
Coronavirus Threatens to Blow Up Trump’s Energy Trade Deal With China
The goals were never realistic, but now Beijing has good reason to back away from its purchase commitments to Washington.
Trump’s Budget Puts Down Stakes in Greenland
Trump’s plan to buy the vast Arctic island fell short. But his administration is allocating half a million dollars moving ahead to build a U.S. consulate there.
Will Sudan’s Bashir Be Handed to the ICC at Last?
In a surprise move, Sudan indicated it might turn over former autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court, which he flouted for so many years, over Darfur.
Trump Pressures Palestinians and Allies Over Peace Plan
The White House blocks a U.N. resolution and threatens to withhold aid to the Palestinians.
Desperate, Thousands of Syrians Flee Toward Turkish Border
With bloodshed and tensions rising between Syria and Turkey, the last rebel holdout of Idlib is turning into the biggest humanitarian crisis of the war.
Trump Seeks to Halve U.S. Funding for World Health Organization as Coronavirus Rages
The president’s new budget would cut more than $3 billion in global health programs.
Tunisia Sacks U.N. Ambassador for Opposing Trump’s Peace Plan
The country’s newly elected president seeks to maintain good relations with Washington as opposition to the Israeli-Palestinian scheme builds.
Trump’s historic impeachment trial ends on predictable terms, but the political fallout will continue.
5 Foreign-Policy Takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union
The U.S. president’s third State of the Union address was perhaps his most significant. Here’s what he said—and didn’t say—about foreign policy.
U.N. Chief Faces Internal Criticism Over Human Rights
Guterres is said to back down in the face of pressure from powerful member states.
Chronicle of an Acquittal Foretold
Months of partisan sparring over impeachment looks set to end in Trump’s exoneration. But there are outstanding questions—some of which will be resolved in November.
Can the U.S.-U.K. Special Relationship Weather the Huawei Storm?
Boris Johnson breaks with Trump, opening Britain’s doors to a Chinese telecommunications giant that Washington fears is an espionage threat.
Behind Pompeo’s Big ‘We Care’ Trip to Ukraine
Hobbled by the impeachment trial, the U.S. secretary of state faces the tricky task of explaining a Trump administration policy that has often looked two-faced.
The Wuhan Virus Is Not a Lab-Made Bioweapon
Conspiracy theories are spreading faster than the coronavirus itself.
Trump, Netanyahu Turn White House Into Election Campaign Stop
Trump’s new Middle East peace plan is primed to help Netanyahu, signaling to Israel voters that they should rehire him.
Republican Lawmakers Questioned Trump’s Withholding of Ukraine Aid, Documents Show
Newly released emails and other documents show that some of those now sitting as jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial were also unhappy about his move to freeze aid last year.
In the Latest Democratic Debate, Finally, Some Foreign Policy
With a trimmed-down field, Democratic hopefuls sparred over Iraq, Iran, military deployments, and the threat from climate change.