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Israeli activists protest against the U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, in Jerusalem on May 15.

Annexation Will Probably Go Smoothly. The Problems Will Come Later.

Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territory won’t trigger a disaster. But the aftermath will be toxic for the Jewish state.

U.S. President Donald Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton during a news conference at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, on July 12, 2018.

Forget the Book. Bolton’s Legacy Is a Nuclear Arms Race.

Why Bolton will be one of the most negative influences on U.S. security policy for decades to come.

John Bolton and Donald Trump

Bolton’s Book Is a Terrifying Warning About What Trump Could Still Do

Geopolitical ignorance is no longer funny when it impacts U.S. national security.

People protesting the death of George Floyd hold up placards near the White House in Washington on May 31.

An Appeal to the National Security Community to Fight Racial Injustice

Two former U.S. officials argue there is no security abroad without justice at home.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019.

China Will Be Front and Center During the 2020 Election

Whether it’s about trade or the coronavirus, it’s possible to be tough on China without being racist or reckless.

Graffiti showing U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Berlin on April 26.

Trump Is Dangerously Predictable With China

Whether he is cozying up to China or scapegoating it, Trump has consistently placed his personal political interests over those of the United States.

Children welcome a convoy of settlers to the Israeli settlement of Mehola in the Jordan Valley, in the occupied West Bank, on Feb. 3.

Biden Must Speak Out Against Israeli Annexation Plans Before It’s Too Late

With Trump’s blessing, Israel is getting ready to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank as soon as July. Biden shouldn’t go along.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2019.

Let the Referendum on Trump and Trumpism Begin

The November election isn’t just the most important political event of 2020 in the United States. It’s the most important political event in the world.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his state of the nation address in Budapest on Feb. 18, 2018.

The Shocking ‘Coronavirus Coup’ in Hungary Was a Wake-Up Call

While the world is shut down, history hasn’t stopped. Authoritarians are seizing the opportunity.

Allyson Felix of the United States wins gold in the women's 4 x 400 meter relay at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2016.

Mourning the Olympics and All the Celebrations We’re Losing to the Pandemic

Especially in times like these, it's OK to feel for everyone whose milestone events have been canceled or postponed.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Aug. 15, 2019.

The Virus Has Exposed the Recklessness of Trump’s “America First”

The world needs to cooperate to beat the coronavirus pandemic. That includes you, President Trump.

A Palestinian demonstrator points a toy gun at a cartoon drawing depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against his Middle East peace plan on Jan. 27.

We Know Peace Plans—This Isn’t One of Them

Here’s why Trump’s latest gambit probably won’t settle the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a New Year’s address to Russians in central Moscow on Dec. 31, 2017.

Putin Is Following the Game Plan of Other Autocrats Before Him

And moves like his Jan. 15 announcement generally work—both to secure a leader’s power and ensure a favorable transition down the road.

Members of Code Pink protest

Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes

Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.

Protesters demonstrate against Trump’s Iran policy outside the White House on Jan. 7.

Praise for the Suleimani Strike Isn’t Based in Reality

The ideological architects of one of the United States’ most disastrous foreign-policy decisions—the 2003 invasion of Iraq—are spinning a tale to support Trump’s most dangerous move to date.

Mourners wait for the funeral procession of the Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani, and eight others outside the Imam Abbas mosque in Karbala, Iraq, on Jan. 4.

Trump Is Playing With Fire in the Middle East

The U.S. president may claim that the strike on Iran’s Suleimani was meant to “stop a war,” yet it will do anything but.

A journalist takes pictures of a projection screen prior to the start of Germany's auction for the construction of a 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19.

The U.S.-Chinese Trade War Just Entered Phase 2

Its next chapter will be fought through export and import controls, investment restrictions, and sanctions—and the United States should prepare itself now.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames consume Iran's consulate in the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf on Nov. 27.

The United States Can Offer the People of Lebanon and Iraq Something Tehran Can’t

Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon are rising up against Iranian influence, sectarianism, and corruption. The U.S. Congress should offer conditional aid that forces governments to respond to their citizens’ grievances.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrols the northeastern town of Qahtaniyah, Syria.

A U.S. Withdrawal Will Cause a Power Struggle in the Middle East

Washington could find itself fighting its way back into the region for the first time since World War II.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in London on Dec. 4.

NATO Is Struggling Under Trans-Atlantic Tensions

After this week’s summit, members must keep turmoil in the political side of the alliance from undermining its military purpose.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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