U.S. Foreign Policy

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang talks to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11. (Photo credit Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Cozying Up to Trump Works

The rest of the world may not particularly like the U.S. president’s bluster, but playing to his ego is a pretty good strategy.

An IRGC Raad air defense system on display in Tehran on Sept. 21, 2012. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Did Iran Sanctions Make the Revolutionary Guard Stronger?

Sanctions regimes aren't simple, and they only work when their negative secondary effects do not outweigh their primary achievements.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 8. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Awaits Trump’s Visit With Trepidation

U.S. allies are worried about American drift and Chinese expansion.

American soldiers conduct a training exercise with the Senegalese military in 2016. (Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is the United States in Niger, Anyway?

National security isn’t just about fighting the Islamic State — it’s about building strong partners in Africa.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Qatar on Oct. 23 — one leg of a trip to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India, and Switzerland.

Tillerson’s Views on India Defy Trump’s Incoherent Foreign Policy

Ahead of his trip to Delhi, the secretary of state articulated a clear vision for the U.S. relationship with India. Let’s hope it was not an anomaly.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on Oct. 7. (AFP photo/KCNA via KNS/Getty Images)

Trump Should Focus on Deterring North Korea

Negotiations and the use of force both hold little promise.

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Oct. 13. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Slippery ‘Spirit’ of Nixing the Iran Deal

Obama's JCPOA terms actually give the White House sound legal footing for decertification. But now Trump owns the consequences.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 18. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

Trump Has an Iran Strategy — But It Will Be Very Tough to Pull Off

The Trump administration’s game plan has a certain logic, but executing it will be the most difficult diplomatic gambit his team has attempted thus far.

President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters at the White House on Oct. 13. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Needs a Good Cop on Iran

The U.S. president has the biggest bully pulpit. But Europe has all the leverage.

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The American Alliance With Turkey Was Built On a Myth

It's time to realize that Washington and Ankara share neither values nor interests, and that their partnership cannot return to its Cold War heyday.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, U.S. President Donald Trump, and others before a meeting on U.N. reform at the U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 18, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Empty North Korea Threats Will Lead to Humiliation or War

Either Trump will back down and once again eat his words, or he will strike North Korea, with consequences almost too great to contemplate.

North (top) and South (bottom) Korean border posts on Aug. 21, 2015. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

Seven Reasons Why Putting U.S. Nukes Back in South Korea Is a Terrible Idea

Here are seven reasons why the United States should not seek to deploy nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal on Sept. 9, 2015. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

If Trump Won’t Certify the Nuke Deal, He Should Do This Instead

There is a way for the administration to address the agreement’s shortcomings while sustaining its gains.

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