Shadow Government

Representatives-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.), Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa), and Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) join other newly elected members of the House of Representatives for an official photo at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Nov. 14. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Here’s How Congress Can Check Trump

The newly Democratic House of Representatives should hold the administration accountable for its worst foreign-policy instincts.

A woman walks past a mural in Tehran on Nov. 6.(Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Trump’s Magical Thinking on Iran Sanctions Won’t Advance U.S. Interests

Far from convincing Tehran to cooperate, new U.S. measures are on track to achieve the exact opposite.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves to reporters as he and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (R) leave the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon in the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 28, 2017.

When Fighting Domestic Terrorism, You Get What You Pay For

The Trump administration has gutted the budget for fighting far-right extremists, making it harder to stop attacks like the Pittsburgh massacre.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and Vladimir Korolev, the commander in chief of the Navy, examine a globe in St. Petersburg on July 30, 2017. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Pushing the United States Toward Nuclear Anarchy

The White House wants to leave the INF Treaty. New START could be next. The death of these agreements would fuel a new arms race.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman meet in the White House on March 20.(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Trump’s Blank Check Diplomacy is Remaking the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

The U.S. president wants to sweep discussion of the kingdom's involvement in Jamal Khashoggi’s killing under the rug.

Palestinian activists outside the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem on Sept. 21, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

Merging the U.S. Consulate and Embassy in Jerusalem Is a Mistake

Trump is pushing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict toward a one-state solution.

U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a cabinet meeting in the White House on Aug. 16. (Oliver Contreras/Pool/Getty Images)

Has Trump Read His Own Counterterrorism Strategy?

The president’s views don’t seem to line up with those of his team.

U.S. and Polish troops in Orzysz, Poland, on April 13, 2017. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

Fort Trump Is a Farce

The question of a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland is complicated. The White House shouldn’t treat it as a vanity project.

Macedonians in Skopje rally in support of changing their country's name on Sept. 16. (Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for Macedonia to Accept Compromise

Voters in the country’s upcoming name-change referendum should not allow nationalist opposition or foreign interference to stand in their way.

Syrian rebel fighters in the northern countryside of Idlib province on Sept. 11. (Aaref Warad/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey and the United States Should Work Together to Avert Disaster in Idlib

Despite their differences, Trump and Erodgan share an interest in avoiding a new humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, hosts a cabinet meeting in the White House on Aug. 16. (Contreras/Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Officials Can’t Rescue Their Reputations With Op-Eds

They argue their actions are saving the republic, but they are really trying to save themselves.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton addresses the Federalist Society in Washington on Sept. 10. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

John Bolton’s Obsession With the International Criminal Court Is Outdated

If Trump’s advisors are all off giving irrelevant speeches on old preoccupations, who is minding the president?

A man stands under an umbrella as monsoon rains arrive in Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Aug. 28. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Hold Myanmar Accountable

A year after the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya began, the United States is still dragging its feet.

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Donald Trump in the Oval Office on April 3, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Blinks, and Egypt’s Sisi Wins

By giving in on aid, Washington just lost its leverage in Cairo.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Work With Putin to Develop a New Framework for Syria

U.S.-Russia relations have reached a generational low—but there’s still room for cooperation to avert a wider war in the Middle East.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump speak to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Performance in Helsinki Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise

U.S. allies in Europe are resigned to a trans-Atlantic relationship that keeps getting worse.

A general view taken on July 12, 2018 shows an empty room on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels. (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

Ban NATO Summits

As long as Donald Trump is president, they're just not worth it.

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