U.S. Foreign Policy

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 4, 2013.

How Democrats Can Get Tough on China—Without Imitating Trump

The current White House has legitimate concerns but counterproductive solutions.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks with U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice at a United Nations Security Council meeting on the crisis in Syria on Jan. 31, 2012 in New York City.

Tear Down the Foreign-Policy Glass Ceiling!

Female national security wonks are mad as hell about Washington’s rampant gender inequalities, and they’re not going to take it anymore.

Sen. Bernie Sanders attends a press conference on July 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.

A Foreign-Policy Cheat Sheet for the Democratic Debates

We know what the candidates want to talk about. Here's what journalists should be asking.

Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the aerospace division of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, speaks to media next to debris from a downed U.S. drone in Tehran on June 21.

The World This Weekend

Trump backs down from Iran strikes, the Pentagon gets a new chief, and Istanbul returns to the polls.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a cabinet meeting of on February 12.

Trump’s National Security Council Is Replicating Reagan’s Chaos

If John Bolton isn’t careful, he could go the way of William Clark, whose hawkish policies sowed White House discord.

Iranian demonstrators carry a portrait of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Tehran on May 10.

Trump Is Playing Iran’s Game of Drones

Contrary to popular belief, drones aren’t further destabilizing global conflicts—they’re creating a way for leaders to de-escalate crises.

New York Times columnist David Brooks speaking at the Book Expo America in New York.

When Zombie Neoconservatives Attack

Why most Americans are right about foreign policy, and David Brooks is wrong.

Iranian demonstrators carry a portrait of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally in the capital, Tehran, on May 10.

Trump’s Iran Crackdown Isn’t Enough to Stop Hezbollah

Unless Washington targets the group more effectively, it can outlive the pressure on Tehran.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nobody’s Asking for Trump to Be a Genius

But is it too much for him to at least show some foreign-policy common sense?

A protester waves a Sudanese flag in Khartoum on May 17.

Washington Is Turning Its Back on Sudan

The United States should not abandon the Sudanese in their greatest hour of need.

U.S. troops land in Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

The Lessons of 1944 Are in Jeopardy

Seventy-five years after D-Day, the United States should remember that on-the-ground leadership still works.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right,  shakes hands with Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's senior advisor, in Jerusalem on May 30.

Trump Has Misdiagnosed the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The White House’s economic plan for Gaza and the West Bank should invite skepticism.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet in Moscow on May 8.

Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms

U.S. sanctions won’t necessarily isolate Tehran. They could spur new strategic alliances.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his intention to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, outside the White House on June 1, 2017.

Leaving the Paris Agreement Is a Bad Deal for the United States

Trump’s plan to quit the accord would provide serious cover for major emitters like China and India.

Ambazonia Military Forces General John, who says he commands thousands of rebel soldiers in Ambazonia, poses with his bodyguards in Borrere, Cameroon, the Ambazonian flag proudly hanging behind them, on Feb. 13.

Cameroon’s Separatist Movement Is Going International

Armed groups are slipping into Nigeria and appealing to the Cameroonian diaspora to fuel their fight for a breakaway state.

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The 2020 Candidates Aren’t Talking About Foreign Policy. They Need to Start.

The United States caused many of the planet’s problems and can still unmake them—but only if its politicians face up to the challenge.

Iranian demonstrators carry a portrait of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally in Tehran on May 10.

There Is Still Time for Diplomacy With Iran

The risk of war has risen. But a diplomatic solution remains likely.

U.S. and Chinese flags at the Qingdao free trade port area in China's Shandong province on May 8.

Here’s What a Progressive China Strategy Would Look Like

Trump’s trade war won’t put Washington on strong footing to compete with Beijing.

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