How to Heal the NATO Alliance
Brookings scholar Victoria Nuland on why it’s troubled and what to do about it.
If We Have to Choose Between Compromise and Genocide, We Will Choose Our People
The Kurds’ commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.
Turkey’s War in Syria Was Not Inevitable
U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.
Abiy’s Nobel Achievements Are Real but Brittle
Ethiopia is on the right course. But there’s much more to be done.
Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner’s Dilemma
New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.
Why Huawei Isn’t So Scary
The Chinese company’s lead in the 5G race isn’t insurmountable, and other firms and countries shouldn’t rush into the fray.
Can American Values Survive in a Chinese World?
A new book looks at the China challenge for the United States—and China itself.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Turkey bombs Syrian Kurds, Poland goes to the polls, and the NBA bows to Chinese pressure.
Ukrainian Corruption Is Trump’s Native Language
The U.S. president has imported prodazhnist’, Ukraine’s distinctive culture of crookedness, where everyone has a price and politics has no value.
Pompeo’s State Department Reels as Impeachment Inquiry Sinks Morale
As the investigation grows, so, too, does the foreign service officers’ legal defense fund.
Trade War Pause Leaves Few Happy
Mini-deal between the United States and China brings relief to farmers but offers no long-term solutions.
A Tale of Two Polands
The Law and Justice party is tapping into divides that have split the country for centuries—and will probably win this weekend’s elections because of it.
Pentagon Chief: ‘We Are Not Abandoning the Kurds’
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision to withdraw troops from the Turkey-Syria border even while sending additional forces to Saudi Arabia.
There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds
The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.
How Race Hampered the Investigation Into Dag Hammarskjold’s Death
Testimony of African eyewitnesses to the U.N. secretary-general’s death was dismissed because of their lack of education and perceived susceptibility to political manipulation.
For Eastern Europe, Brussels Is the New Moscow
After upcoming elections in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania, healing Europe’s east-west divide will be more urgent than ever.
The West Owns Syria’s Disaster
Trump’s green light for Turkey’s assault on the Kurds is appalling. But he’s not the only one to blame.
How North African Migrants Ended Up in Permanent Detention
The Irish journalist Sally Hayden has traced the story of many of them.