Present at the Destruction of U.S. Power and Influence
Four years of neglect, unilateralism, and failed diplomacy have left America’s alliances in tatters. It’s time to rebuild them.
Does ‘Hamilton’ Have All the Answers for U.S. Foreign Policy?
The Broadway musical offers lessons on everything from regime change to balancing ideals and interests.
The United States Forgot Its Strategy for Winning Cold Wars
The plan that worked to defeat the Soviet Union can work today against China—it’s just not what you think.
There’s No Such Thing as Good Liberal Hegemony
It’s not just that the United States has made mistakes—the very idea of U.S. global leadership is broken from the ground up.
Biden Likely to Embrace Some of Sanders’s Foreign-Policy Ideas, Especially After the Pandemic
The former vice president’s team is already in touch with the Sanders camp about a unified platform, operatives say.
Pandemic Stymies Congressional Check on Trump’s Foreign Policy
Public hearings and classified briefings are another political casualty in the age of contagion.
Democrats Push Back on Sanctions, Citing Coronavirus Fears
They want waivers to speed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Iran and other sanctioned nations hit hard by the pandemic.
Trump Finally Has the Dangerous Foreign-Policy Process He Always Wanted
The U.S. president's new national security advisor has replaced the White House’s previous chaos with a new type of dysfunction.
The Only Sensible Iran Strategy Is Containment
The most effective plan against the Islamic Republic has always been the most obvious—and the one nobody in Washington seems willing to try.
Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Winning the 2020 Democratic Primary
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are ready to move past the Obama administration—except when it comes to military intervention.
In the Latest Democratic Debate, Finally, Some Foreign Policy
With a trimmed-down field, Democratic hopefuls sparred over Iraq, Iran, military deployments, and the threat from climate change.
Why Is the United States So Bad at Foreign Policy?
It’s not just Trump. Washington hasn’t had a coherent strategy for decades.
Democratic Frontrunners Are Wrong About Aid for Israel
Putting America’s annual $3.8 billion of military assistance to Israel on the chopping block makes for good politics. But it makes no sense for U.S. national security.
World Leaders Stood Behind Bill Clinton When He Was Impeached. Not So Trump.
The allies Trump has snubbed are shrugging off his impeachment—or just laughing.
NATO Is Struggling Under Trans-Atlantic Tensions
After this week’s summit, members must keep turmoil in the political side of the alliance from undermining its military purpose.
For the 2020 Democrats, It’s America First, Too
The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don’t count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.
How Impeachment Forced Foreign Policy Back Into the 2020 Race
The Democratic candidates didn’t really want to talk about the rest of the world. But the devastating testimony on Capitol Hill this week—however it ends up—ensures they will.
Warren’s Plan to Rebuild the State Department Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Adding 8,000 foreign service officers won’t solve America’s diplomatic problems. State needs to prioritize data science, expand strategic planning, and encourage mid-career training, too.