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An election campaign poster for President Bashar al-Assad.

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.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters drive into northern Syria.

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.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks at a press conference.

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.

A line of U.S. military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018 after U.S. President Donald Trump first announced in  that U.S. troops would depart Syria.

Kobani Today, Krakow Tomorrow 

Washington has abandoned the Kurds. If Europe doesn’t bolster its defenses, the Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians could be next. 

2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump (from left), Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and China's President Xi Jinping attend a meeting at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

Trump Is Beijing’s Best Asset

Chinese officials want the U.S. president reelected—because he’s so weak.

A Syrian woman walks with a boy past a banner showing Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, after arriving in a convoy carrying displaced people into government-controlled territory at Abu al-Zuhur checkpoint in the western countryside of Idlib province, on June 1, 2018.

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.

President Donald Trump speaks to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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.

The Citgo gas station logo in Middletown, Delaware, on July 26.

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.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He presents U.S. President Donald Trump with a letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping after the two discussed a U.S.-China trade agreement.

The Pretend Trade Deal

Both the United States and China want a bargain. But they’re fooling themselves if they think it’s happening.

A refugee camp near Suruc in southern Turkey, across the border from Kobani in February 2016. Many Kurds fled Kobani and other areas of Syria in 2014 to escape the Islamic State. Now, with a new war launched by Turkey near their homes, people are fleeing again.

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.

The Ukrainian word for corruption, prodazhnist’

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.

A Peshmerga soldier places a Kurdish flag near the front line with the Islamic State in Iraq.

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.

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces in Deir Ezzor, Syria.

‘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.

A woman sits in front of the tomb a Syrian Democratic Forces fighter.

An Angry Congress Prepares to Rebuke Trump Over Kurds

Lawmakers expect to get a veto-proof majority backing sanctions against Turkey.

A candlelight protest in Seoul

How to Impeach a President (in Korea)

Democrats brought down a wannabe dictator in Seoul. The same tactics can work in Washington.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro shake hands at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 2, 2013.

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.

A protester holds a balloon shaped like an infantile President Donald Trump.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore on June 10, 2018, ahead of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

America Is Stuck With a Broken President

Trump is unfit for office. But the system has no answers.

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