U.S. Foreign Policy

Members of the 115th U.S. Congress take the oath of office in Washington on Jan. 3, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Congress Has Willfully Abdicated Its Responsibility Over War

It’s time for legislators to share in the authority they claim to want.

U.S. President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 5, 2018. (Andel Ngab/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs a Plan for Israel’s Confrontation With Iran

Tehran and Moscow are becoming the arbiters of the Middle East — and Israel’s relationship with both is growing increasingly tense.

A man walks past abandoned shells on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on April 16. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right to Strike Syria

But he needs a more coherent strategy in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on Syria in the White House on April 9. From left: U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Passive-Aggressive Syria Policy Risks Creating More Mayhem in the Middle East

The United States is pursuing a worst-of-both-worlds mix of hawkish confrontation and strategic retrenchment.

Demonstrators burn a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump in Tehran on December 11, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

How Congress Can Help Trump Outmaneuver Iran

The United States needs a policy that unifies its allies in curbing Tehran.

A U.S. Tomahawk missile flies toward Syria on April 7, 2017. (Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

One Year Ago, Pundits Welcomed a Turning Point in Syria. They Were Wrong.

U.S. policy in the Middle East is being guided by Trump's doctrine of incoherent chaos. And it's only getting worse.

Members of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces in the city of Basra watch a televised statement by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Dec. 9, 2017. (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Can’t Afford to Forget About Iraq

Having won the war, will the United States end up yet again squandering the peace?

Gen. Thomas Waldhauser holds a news conference in Djibouti on April 23, 2017.  (Jonathan Ernst/Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Militaristic Africa Policy Will Backfire

Instead, the United States should pursue a holistic, long-term strategy.

A South Korean soldier walks past a television displaying images of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on March 9. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Do His Nuke Deal Homework

The Iran nuclear accord contains lessons for talks with North Korea.

Nikki Haley, U. S. ambassador to the U.N., at the United Nations Plaza in New York on March 6, 2017.

Nikki Haley: The Occasional Activist

Trump's U.N. ambassador promised to promote human rights. Then politics got in the way.

John Bolton, then-U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the media at the U.N. in New York on Nov. 13, 2006. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Welcome to the Dick Cheney Administration

The problem with John Bolton isn’t that he’s an extremist. It's that he’s mainstream.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the United Nations on Dec. 15, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The State Department Needs Rehab

American diplomacy is losing its battle with the Trump administration — but it can still win the war.

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