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A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2019, shows an Iranian flag in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, during an official ceremony to kick-start works on a second reactor at the facility.

Trump’s Policies Have Convinced Iran to Build a More Advanced Nuclear Program Before Negotiating

Washington’s reliance on sanctions and maximum pressure will make it harder to strike a new deal constraining Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

A woman holds a forbidden Belarusian flag during a protest rally in Minsk on Aug. 14.

The Trump Administration Has Gone AWOL on Belarus

The Belarusian people may yet achieve the end of the Lukashenko era, but it will be in spite of the United States’ silence.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24.

What the Republican National Convention Tells Us About Trump’s Foreign Policy

Exaggeration, distortion, spin—that much was expected. More frightening were the things they didn’t say.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28.

How the Democrats Stole the Republicans’ Turf

In speaking for all Americans—instead of just a section of them—Biden's team has rejected the conventional narrative about how to beat Trump in November.

Malian Air Force deputy chief of staff Ismael Wague speaks during a press conference in Kati, Mali on August 19.

Mali Needs a Marshall Plan, Not a Military Regime

American, French, and West African leaders must pressure the army to stand down and form an interim government, before a power vacuum and violent extremism threaten the entire region.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 28.

Annexation Isn’t Dead. A Desperate Trump Could Bring It Back to Life.

Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank seems off the agenda for now, but Trump might push Netanyahu to proceed anyway.

An aerial view of Marathon Petroleum's refinery in Carson, California, on April 22.

How Biden Could Use Trump’s Trade War Thumbscrews to Fight Climate Change

Fortunately for supporters of aggressive action on global emissions, Trump has demonstrated a highly effective way to circumvent the legislative process.

U.S. President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

The Total Destruction of U.S. Foreign Policy Under Trump

His last remaining objective is obtaining foreign help for his reelection.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017.

Trump’s Flip-Flops on China Are a Danger to National Security

China is a real threat. That requires a serious U.S. strategy, not bellicose rhetoric designed to distract voters from the administration's failures.

A protest asking Florida to fix its unemployment system

The Time for America to Embrace Industrial Policy Has Arrived

The United States has always helped some parts of the economy at the expense of others. It’s time to get it right.

John Ratcliffe testifies during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 5.

Trump’s New Director of National Intelligence Doesn’t Understand His Job

John Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist without intelligence experience, sees his job as helping the president and undermining the intelligence community.

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.

Members of Code Pink protest

Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes

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

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.

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.

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