The Powell Doctrine Lives On
Colin Powell’s legacy of restraint gained new relevance after Afghanistan and Iraq.
Will Europe Ever Really Confront China?
The Biden administration is gearing up for a long-term struggle in China—but shouldn’t expect its closest allies by its side.
Yale’s Grand Strategy Program Has Always Been Broken
The university set out to train the next generation of U.S. leaders—but it often failed to educate them.
Americans Got the Foreign-Policy Blob They Asked For
The problem isn’t the establishment, it’s reconciling what Americans want in their foreign policy.
Biden’s Inaction on Syria Risks Normalizing Assad—and His Crimes
The world is gradually accepting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad back into the fold.
Erdogan’s Heir Apparent Isn’t a Problem
Turkey’s minister of defense is a staunch nationalist—but that doesn’t mean he’s anti-Western.
Is Biden’s Foreign Policy Failing?
The U.S. president’s intentions might be good, but the results so far are another matter.
When the White House Changed Hands, It Changed Tone but Not Policies
Whether snubbing allies, abusing tariffs, or expelling refugees, the Biden administration at eight months looks little changed from Trump’s.
Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism
Twenty years after 9/11, U.S. policy in the Middle East is still based on a fundamental mistake.
America’s Hollow Africa Policy
Washington’s focus on stability over human rights is alienating Africa’s youth.
The United States Has No Plan to Save Lebanon
The country’s desperate citizens are increasingly investing their hopes in a U.S. government that has other priorities.
20 Years After 9/11, U.S. Global Authority Is Weaker Than Ever
A crisis within Islam spawned al Qaeda. It also put an end to a U.S.-led unipolar world.
How 9/11 Will Be Remembered a Century Later
The attacks could be viewed as a historical turning point—or as entirely insignificant.
After Afghanistan, Biden Can Learn From How Fund Managers Handle Their Disasters
Five basic strategies from investment analysis apply to war and diplomacy too.
How Biden Can Save His China Strategy After Afghanistan
Washington needs to give a visible sign of Indo-Pacific commitment.
Afghanistan Hasn’t Damaged U.S. Credibility
The withdrawal has been tragic—but it hasn’t been a strategic disaster.
The United States Keeps Doing What It Can’t
The main lesson from the failed intervention in Afghanistan is about the dangers of self-delusion. Will anyone learn it?
Don’t Let Cuba’s Protest Momentum Evaporate
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration should listen to activists on the ground.
Biden at Six Months: How Successful Is His Foreign Policy?
Foreign Policy asked nine global experts for their takes on the administration’s agenda.