Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback
With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.
Trump Is Making the Mess in Syria Even Messier
He inherited the conflict. It’s up to him to resolve it responsibly.
American Troops Die in Syria as Trump Team Squabbles
U.S. Syria policy is dogged by infighting and confusion.
The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever
At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.
Don’t Blame Everything on Erdogan
The Turkish government doesn’t have a soft spot for the Islamic State, and Ankara stands to lose more than anyone if the terrorist group makes a comeback.
Mike Pompeo Is Flying Solo in the Middle East
The Trump administration still lacks key ambassadors and senior diplomats to help tackle its biggest foreign-policy challenges.
The Problem With America’s Syria Policy Isn’t Trump. It’s Syria.
There’s a reason the current president’s approach to the war-torn country is as confused as Obama’s was. Syria is a no-win situation.
While Trump Sows Confusion, It’s Business as Usual for U.S. Troops in Syria
Despite the rhetoric in Washington, the United States continues to conduct air and artillery strikes—and has not yet sent troops home.
Why Jim Webb Might Be Trump’s Ideal Secretary of Defense
His many controversial comments often align with the president’s views.
The Blob Is Lying About Trump’s Sudden Syria Withdrawal
The president's shift in policy has been portrayed as a surprise—but America's foreign-policy machinery was quietly tasked with preparing for it months ago.
Trump’s 2019 Vision: Let Others Fight Our Battles
The U.S. president says Afghanistan is Pakistan and Russia’s business and calls Syria nothing but “sand and death.”
The New Face of Terrorism in 2019
Forget the Middle East—it’s time to prepare for attacks from the former Soviet Union.
The United States Can’t Rely on Turkey to Defeat ISIS
Erdogan wants to confront the Kurds, not the Islamic State. Outsourcing the battle to Ankara will endanger America.
My Top 10 Foreign-Policy Wish List for 2019
Peace in Yemen, rapprochement with Russia, and other hopes and dreams for the year ahead.
Turkey Is Lying About Fighting ISIS
Erdogan promises to finish America's fight against the Islamic State, but it's the Kurds that he's out to destroy.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2019
As U.S. leadership fades, authoritarian leaders are competing to see how much they can get away with.
‘We Can’t Save Syrians Anymore, But We Can Save the Truth’
An ambitious oral history project will determine how the war in Syria is remembered.
Goodbye War on Terror, Hello China and Russia
Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on defense and security.
France’s Existential Loneliness in Syria
Emmanuel Macron’s responsibilities in the Middle East’s biggest war are about to grow beyond his ability to fulfill them.