U.S. Troops Really Are in Syria to Protect the Oil—for the Kurds
It’s the only way to get Trump to keep troops on the ground.
Trump’s Hand-Picked State Department Watchdog Quits Less Than 3 Months Into the Job
The latest high-profile departure underscores the turmoil at Foggy Bottom, and officials fear it will weaken an important watchdog already under fire from top Trump officials.
Thousands Injured in Giant Beirut Blast
Lebanon’s government says “highly explosive materials” were stored near blast scene.
Trump Looks to Arms Sales to Deepen Ties With India
Border clashes with China have reawakened New Delhi’s interest in deeper defense ties with the United States, and Washington is hoping to deliver the goods.
U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Xinjiang’s Vast Paramilitary Settler Corps
Beijing is likely to react strongly to the first targeting of high-level officials and a government body.
The U.S. Is a Haven for Money Laundering. That Might Be About to Change.
Tucked into the sprawling defense authorization bill are measures to create a corporate ownership registry, which would plug one of America’s glaring gaps.
When It Comes to China, Americans Think Like Trump
Recent data suggests that most voters share the White House’s hawkish approach to China.
Democrats See Senate Republicans Vulnerable Due to Trump’s Russia Problem
Trump’s continued reluctance to criticize Moscow over bounties has given Democratic contenders a fresh opening to attack lawmakers loyal to the White House.
Trump Undercuts Pentagon Over Germany Troop Withdrawal
U.S. defense officials, who said the move had nothing to do with German military spending, still appeared to be figuring out key details about the redeployment.
Congress Pushes for Sanctions on Turkey, Russia Over Libyan War
Putin and Erdogan “act when there’s a stick involved,” a House aide said.
Democrats Make Last-Ditch Effort to Kill a Trump Pentagon Nomination
Senators told Trump’s pick to lead the Defense Department’s policy shop that his views are “wholly incompatible with the U.S. military’s values.”
Was China’s Houston Consulate Trying to Steal the Coronavirus Vaccine?
China’s efforts to use the Houston consulate to steal science and technology secrets were “particularly aggressive and particularly successful,” Trump administration indicates.
Trump Wants China on Board With New Arms Control Pact
Obama’s New START arms treaty limited Russian and American nukes. Now, U.S. officials want to rope in Beijing.
Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries Offer Humanitarian Aid to Clean Image
The Wagner Group, busy sowing chaos from Syria to Libya, is trying to score PR points. But the United States is increasingly pushing back.
U.S. Closes Chinese Consulate in Houston Amid Surge in Chinese Espionage Cases
It’s the latest escalation in an increasingly tense bilateral relationship.
Pompeo’s Attack on ‘1619 Project’ Draws Fire From His Own Diplomats
The secretary of state’s latest foray into the “culture war” has sparked anger and backlash among U.S. diplomats of color.
Afghan Warlord’s Promotion Highlights the Bankruptcy of America’s Longest War
President Ashraf Ghani promoted a notorious warlord as marshal to seal his power-sharing deal. Afghan promises are turning to dust.
U.S. Preparing to Suspend Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong
The looming decision, following China’s imposition of a new security law for the former colony, could be a prelude to even tougher U.S. actions against Beijing.
QAnon’s Madness Is Turning Canadians Into Potential Assassins
The sprawling conspiracy theory has mutated across borders.
Russia, With an Eye on the Syrian Prize, Blocks Humanitarian Aid
A Russian-Chinese veto threatens lifesaving aid to starving Syrians—but Moscow doesn’t care what anyone thinks anymore.
‘Campaign of Bullying’ Prompts Key Trump Impeachment Witness to Quit Army
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified on Trump’s withholding of aid to Ukraine, faced a White House block to further promotion.
China’s Second Wave of Coronavirus Censorship Is Here
After a brief period of praising whistleblowers, Beijing is targeting medical staff and COVID-19 victims again.
In Syria, a Grim Trade-Off Between Tackling Pandemic and Famine
The pandemic-fueled food shortage in Syria suggests the worst is yet to come in other conflict-riven countries around the world.
‘America First’ vs. ‘The People’s Vaccine’
The rise of “vaccine nationalism” threatens to leave poor countries out in the cold.
White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections
The White House wants fired National Security Council aide Rich Higgins hired for a senior Defense position.
World Rebukes U.S. Over Iran
With Trump’s re-election prospects up in the air, a heated U.N. meeting on Iran shows world powers' fading fear of confronting the United States.
How Canadian Bureaucracy Botched a Critical Ebola Treatment
A Chinese Canadian researcher’s breakthrough could have saved thousands of lives.
Trump Administration Unveils Security Council Resolution Extending Iran Arms Embargo
But the draft has little support among major powers at the U.N., reflecting Washington’s isolation on its Iran policy.
It’s Not Just Trump. The World Worries America Is Broken.
Protests against police brutality and systemic racism highlight what is seen as the United States’ accelerated decline.
Anguished by America’s Decline, More Foreign-Policy Wonks Run for Office
More national security experts are running for Congress in 2020 than in most past elections.
Beyond Ukraine Scandal, Bolton Says Trump Sought China’s Help for Reelection
The incident that led to the president’s impeachment was only part of a larger pattern, former national security advisor writes.
Family of American Jailed in Russia Vows to Keep Fighting
Long sentence for alleged espionage is a “gut punch” but opens door to negotiations.
Trump Order Treats International Prosecutors Like War Criminals
A new executive order would impose sanctions and travel restrictions on staff of the International Criminal Court.