Assad Is Now Syria’s Best-Case Scenario
The ruthless Syrian dictator is guilty of countless war crimes—and regrettably represents his country’s least bad remaining option.
Tentative Syria Cease-Fire Is a Major Win for Turkey
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence negotiated a pause in the violence, but the Kurds got a bad deal.
Trump’s Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb
First John Sullivan must get through Congress, which wants to question him about Ukraine. Then he must deal with a hostile Moscow.
Kobani Today, Krakow Tomorrow
Washington has abandoned the Kurds. If Europe doesn’t bolster its defenses, the Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians could be next.
The Fire in Syria Is Shedding Light on the United States
There’s only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It’s forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.
Trump Is Beijing’s Best Asset
Chinese officials want the U.S. president reelected—because he’s so weak.
The United States Still Needs a Syria Strategy
Leaving the refugee crisis unresolved while legitimizing the brutal Assad regime will only do further harm to U.S. interests in the Middle East.
Trump’s Weak Sanctions May Only Help Erdogan
Despite his vow to “destroy” Turkey’s economy, the U.S. president could help its leader escape the wrath of Congress.
If Citgo Is Lost, Maduro Will Win
If Maduro hands the refining company over to his creditors, it would be bad news for the opposition—and the United States.
The Pretend Trade Deal
Both the United States and China want a bargain. But they’re fooling themselves if they think it’s happening.
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.
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.
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.
‘Some of the Most Noble People I’d Ever Met’
U.S. military officers who fought in Syria say they are devastated and ashamed by Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish-led forces.
An Angry Congress Prepares to Rebuke Trump Over Kurds
Lawmakers expect to get a veto-proof majority backing sanctions against Turkey.
How to Impeach a President (in Korea)
Democrats brought down a wannabe dictator in Seoul. The same tactics can work in Washington.
Russia Is Gearing Up for a Conflict With the United States in the Caribbean
With Moscow propping up Maduro, evading oil sanctions, and moving its troops around the coast, Washington needs to rethink its own strategies.
Bipartisan Senate Report Undercuts Trump’s Account of 2016 Meddling
Both Republicans and Democrats affirm that Russia, not Ukraine, was responsible for tampering with the U.S. election.