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.
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.
Getting Away With Murder
Why the campaign to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing is losing steam.
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.
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.
Reckless in Riyadh
Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on U.S.-Saudi relations and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Erdogan’s Anti-Semitism Will Sink Turkey’s Economy
The Turkish president’s racist conspiracy theories are a threat to economic stability.
Trump’s ‘Stunning’ About-Face on Syria
Bowing to Turkey, the U.S. president moves to withdraw all troops.
U.S., Turkey Take Key Step Toward Patriot Missile Deal
The agreement could remove irritant in relations between NATO and Ankara.
Goodbye Grotius, Hello Putin
Russia’s provocations in the Kerch Strait aren’t just a challenge to Ukraine. Like Beijing in the South China Sea, Moscow is seeking to undermine international maritime law.
Trump Thinks He’s Helping the U.S.-Saudi Relationship. He’s Hurting It.
By avoiding a credible investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, dismissing CIA findings, and failing to take advantage of his negotiating leverage, the American president has imperiled the future of an important strategic alliance.
The West Has Abandoned Liberals Like Me
As the United States and Europe debate the demise of global order, people in forgotten corners of the world are still risking their lives for freedom.
‘To Be a Journalist in Turkey Means You’re Ready to Sacrifice Everything’
On the podcast: the price one Turkish newspaper editor is paying for angering President Erdogan.
For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic
When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.
Trump Waives Iran Sanctions for Turkey
How Erdogan could use the exception to outsmart the United States, again.
Trump’s Fool’s Gold in Venezuela
New sanctions on exports of the natural resource will punish Ankara more than Caracas.
The New U.N. Envoy to Syria Should Kill the Political Process to Save It
A tougher stance from the United Nations would put pressure on Assad and Putin while improving the lives of ordinary Syrians.
U.S.-Turkish Ties May Be Cut for Good in Syria
The two countries are trying to work together in Manbij, and it isn’t going well.
How to Get Away With Murder (Saudi Edition)
A primer on Riyadh’s denials, excuses, rationalizations, spin, and other acts of sophistry about the death of Jamal Khashoggi.