Trump Abused U.S. Sanctions and Failed to Get Results. Biden Can Do Better.
From maximum pressure to terrorism designations, the Trump administration engaged in transactional diplomacy with little to show for it. The next government must use these tools wisely.
For the West, There Is No Road Back to a Time Before Trump
Europeans are relieved by Biden’s victory but will be very disappointed if they don’t heed the lessons of the past four years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Kamala Harris Tells Us About Gender, Race, U.S. Leadership, and Trouncing Trump
Democrats weigh in on a Biden-Harris ticket.
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.
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.
The Total Destruction of U.S. Foreign Policy Under Trump
His last remaining objective is obtaining foreign help for his reelection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes
Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t Let Venezuela’s Crisis Take Down Colombia Too
Washington should do more to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the region.
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.
After Trump, the United States Should Return to Obama’s Iran Deal
A new administration could re-enter the accord within 60 days.
Here’s How Trump Should Have Approached Greenland
The United States can build on its strategic toehold without buying the entire country.
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.
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.
Trump Should Scrap His Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan and Focus on Gaza
The White House’s fantasy proposal is bound to fail.
Democrats Face a Defense Spending Conundrum
The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.