Shadow Government

The U.S. State Department in Washington.

Praising U.S. Diplomats for Their Testimony Is Not Enough

State Department officials who find themselves wrapped up in the Trump impeachment inquiry will need public support for years to come.

Venezuelans line up to cross into Cúcuta, Colombia, on June 8.

Don’t Let Venezuela’s Crisis Take Down Colombia Too

Washington should do more to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the region.

Protester hold a poster reading "the power, it's us. Give us a vote!" during a rally in Moscow.

Americans and Russians Should Be Friends—Even if Their Countries Aren’t

Under Trump, the relationship between the two populations has suffered. The next president should change that.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order on June 24, 2019, imposing sanctions on Iran.

Trump’s Use of Sanctions Is Nothing Like Obama’s

The White House’s aggressive deployment of coercive economic tools has given rise to a growing geopolitical backlash.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits after speaking at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 24.

Trump’s Iran Policy Is a Failure

Blame U.S. blunders for the worsening crisis in the region.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses NATO member on Sept. 1, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, in Warsaw, Poland.

Trump’s Defense Cuts in Europe Will Backfire

Rather than distributing military burdens equitably, Washington’s rollbacks weaken both the United States and its allies.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses lawmakers in Tehran on Sep. 3.

The Next U.S. President Should Make a New Deal with Iran

If Democrats win in 2020, they should work with America’s regional allies to strike a new nuclear agreement while showing zero tolerance for Tehran’s regional destabilization campaign.

NASA avionics technician Lauren Prinski looks out the window of a research aircraft before takeoff from Thule Air Base in Greenland on March 30, 2017.

Here’s How Trump Should Have Approached Greenland

The United States can build on its strategic toehold without buying the entire country.

A trompe l’oeil shows two workers painting the European Union flag on the side of a building in Paris on May 23.

Europe Is Back

Long deemed strategically irrelevant by the United States, the EU is poised to become a major geopolitical power. Washington should take note.

Saudi Minister of State Mohammed al-Shaikh arrives for the second day of a U.S.-sponsored Middle East economic conference in Bahrain on June 26.

Gulf-Israel Ties Might Not Survive Trump’s Peace Plan

A political program that does not envision statehood for the Palestinians could reverse the Gulf Arab states’ tentative warming toward Israel.

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper in Brussels on June 27.

An Acting Secretary of Defense Isn’t Enough

Amid tensions between Washington and Tehran, the U.S. Department of Defense needs a Senate-confirmed leader.

The stage for the first U.S. Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, on June 26,

Democrats Face a Defense Spending Conundrum

The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 4, 2013.

How Democrats Can Get Tough on China—Without Imitating Trump

The current White House has legitimate concerns but counterproductive solutions.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his intention to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, outside the White House on June 1, 2017.

Leaving the Paris Agreement Is a Bad Deal for the United States

Trump’s plan to quit the accord would provide serious cover for major emitters like China and India.

Iranian demonstrators carry a portrait of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Tehran on May 10.

There Is Still Time for Diplomacy With Iran

The risk of war has risen. But a diplomatic solution remains likely.

U.S. and Chinese flags at the Qingdao free trade port area in China's Shandong province on May 8.

Here’s What a Progressive China Strategy Would Look Like

Trump’s trade war won’t put Washington on strong footing to compete with Beijing.

Iranian troops in the Strait of Hormuz celebrate National Persian Gulf Day on April 30.

Trump’s Iran Policy Is Becoming Dangerous

Growing evidence suggests the U.S. president is traveling a path toward war—whether he knows it or not.

Cubans attend a May Day rally in Havana on May 1.

Trump’s Cuba Sanctions Are a Mistake

Tightening the failed embargo will push Havana into the arms of Beijing and Moscow.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the State Department in Washington on April 22.

Maximum Pressure on Iran Won’t Work

Trump’s new Iran sanctions will hurt the United States in the long term.

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