U.S. Foreign Policy

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower at NATO's Paris headquarters in 1951. (AFP/Getty Images)

Want to Win the Midterms? Spend Less on War

The intensification of the liberal-neoconservative alliance under Trump is not good news for Democrats.

Wendy Sherman, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, sits next to (from left) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Robert Malley from the U.S. National Security Council, and European Union representative Helga Schmid during a negotiation session with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 20, 2015. (Brian Snyder/AFP/Getty Images)

In Negotiations With Iran, ‘There’s Always One More Thing’

On the podcast: Wendy Sherman recounts the grueling path to the Iran nuclear deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a cabinet meeting in the White House on Aug. 16. (Oliver Contreras/Pool/Getty Images)

Has Trump Read His Own Counterterrorism Strategy?

The president’s views don’t seem to line up with those of his team.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., in the White House on Oct. 9. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley Will Be Back

Trump’s U.N. ambassador is the only cabinet official to have emerged from the administration stronger than ever.

U.S. and Polish troops in Orzysz, Poland, on April 13, 2017. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

Fort Trump Is a Farce

The question of a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland is complicated. The White House shouldn’t treat it as a vanity project.

Posters advocating for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hang on a police barricade in front of  Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 8. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance Is a Slap in the Face to the United States

Washington should explore retaliatory measures that impose real costs on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province on July 7. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Needs an Afghanistan Exit Strategy

Washington should hand over U.S. military and political roles to other countries, including China.

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 23. (Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images)

Trump Needs to Start Worrying About Saudi Arabia’s Reform Efforts

The United States has a profound interest in helping Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman avoid his own worst impulses.

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America’s Elite Needs to Get Back in Uniform

Military service is a unifying force in a time of deep division.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a rally in front of the Capitol in Washington on March 22, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Socialists and Libertarians Need an Alliance Against the Establishment

U.S. foreign policy is ripe for disruption—but only if the left and right get their act together.

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White and Male: Trump’s Ambassadors Don’t Look Like the Rest of America

The diversity problem predates this administration, but some State Department officials fear it’s getting worse.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton addresses the Federalist Society in Washington on Sept. 10. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

John Bolton’s Obsession With the International Criminal Court Is Outdated

If Trump’s advisors are all off giving irrelevant speeches on old preoccupations, who is minding the president?

John McCain gives a speech at the Navy and Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 1, 2008, in Annapolis, Maryland. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

John McCain Loved the Military Too Much

He was a hero in Vietnam, but he was too quick to advocate for future wars.

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui attends a meeting with his Algerian and Egyptian counterparts to discuss the Libyan conflict in Tunis on Dec. 17, 2017. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Libya an Obstacle on Tunisia’s Path to Stability

In an interview, Tunisian foreign minister says Western-led action in Libya in 2011 was reckless.

Then-Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves delivers a speech during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Feb. 2, 2016.  (Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Should Look to What the United States Does—Not What Trump Says

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Estonia’s former president, on what to make of U.S. foreign policy toward Russia.

A preserved human specimen plays chess at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany on Nov. 16, 2006. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Trump Is Losing His Own 3D Chess Game

Trade is a complex global system. The White House has misidentified the problem—and created much bigger ones.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Johannesburg on July 27. (Mike Hutchings/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the United States to Push for a Better Zimbabwe

Monday’s election is an opportunity for Washington to come down on the side of accountability and constitutional rule.

Buttons of possible 2020 presidential contenders, including U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), New York State Gov. Chris Cuomo and former Vice President Joseph Biden, are seen during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Democrats Will Regret Becoming the Anti-Russia Party

Riling up the public against Moscow is good for Democrats in the short term—and bad for America.

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