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Visitors view the Moscow skyline from the Vorobyovy Hills observation point during a hot summer day in Moscow on Aug. 18.
Visitors view the Moscow skyline from the Vorobyovy Hills observation point during a hot summer day in Moscow on Aug. 18.

Who’s Winning the Sanctions War?

The West has inflicted damage on the Russian economy, but Putin has so far contained those costs.

Nigerian soldiers load a military truck with weapons recovered from bandits in north-central Nigeria on April 21.
Nigerian soldiers load a military truck with weapons recovered from bandits in north-central Nigeria on April 21.

More Weapons Won’t Solve Nigeria’s Security Crisis

A nearly $1 billion U.S. arms sale to the country will promote further violence.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi poses with lawmakers after signing the Inflation Reduction Act at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Aug. 12.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi poses with lawmakers after signing the Inflation Reduction Act at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Aug. 12.

Biden’s Historic Climate Bill Needs Smart Foreign Policy

The White House’s crowning domestic policy achievement can’t reach its full potential without engaging the world.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Congolese Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula give a press conference at Cité de l’OUA (Organisation of African Unity) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Aug. 9.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Congolese Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula give a press conference at Cité de l’OUA (Organisation of African Unity) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Aug. 9.

Can Blinken Bring Peace in Eastern Congo?

The U.S. secretary of state is urging Kigali, Kinshasa, and others to stop backing militias in the region—but a lasting peace deal remains elusive.

Graduates from the Indian Army’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment take part in a parade in Srinagar on Dec. 8, 2018.
Graduates from the Indian Army’s Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regiment take part in a parade in Srinagar on Dec. 8, 2018.

It’s Time to Condition Aid to India

The country’s military violates human rights with impunity—and gets a pass in Washington.

Bystanders look on near a poster of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken as his motorcade moves through the streets of Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Aug. 9, ahead of a meeting with Congolese President Yoweri Museveni.
Bystanders look on near a poster of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken as his motorcade moves through the streets of Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Aug. 9, ahead of a meeting with Congolese President Yoweri Museveni.

Is the New U.S. Africa Strategy More of the Same?

The Biden administration insists it’s not focused on geopolitical competition, but its new document is full of references to Russia and China.

U.S. Navy sailors bring ammunition supplies ashore for Cubans fighting for independence from Spain in this print published in 1898.
U.S. Navy sailors bring ammunition supplies ashore for Cubans fighting for independence from Spain in this print published in 1898.

America’s Long Road to Global Power

Michael Mandelbaum has written a masterful interpretation of the twists and turns of U.S. foreign policy.

Mohammed bin Salman gestures in front of himself as he walks with Biden.
Mohammed bin Salman gestures in front of himself as he walks with Biden.

Biden’s Brief Middle East Pivot Won’t Last

The U.S. president’s trip was an immediate and time-limited response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, domestic economic woes, and Iran.

Turkish writer Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, poses next to a portrait of Khashoggi after unveiling it on the National Mall in Washington on Oct. 1, 2021, during a memorial ceremony marking the third anniversary of his assassination at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Turkish writer Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, poses next to a portrait of Khashoggi after unveiling it on the National Mall in Washington on Oct. 1, 2021, during a memorial ceremony marking the third anniversary of his assassination at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

It’s Time to Rethink the U.S.-Saudi Relationship

For too long, Washington has sacrificed its principles to appease the kingdom—and gotten almost nothing in return.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks to Air Force One at Munich Airport in Munich, Germany, on June 28, after attending  the G7 Summit.
U.S. President Joe Biden walks to Air Force One at Munich Airport in Munich, Germany, on June 28, after attending the G7 Summit.

Biden Has a Lot to Gain in Saudi Arabia

His trip won’t lower gas prices, but it can shore up Washington’s global standing.

A soldier of the Swedish Army's P18 Gotland Regiment takes part in a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.
A soldier of the Swedish Army's P18 Gotland Regiment takes part in a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.
U.S. President Joe Biden (C) flanked by Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (L).
U.S. President Joe Biden (C) flanked by Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (L).

Biden Needs Architects, Not Mechanics, to Fix U.S. Foreign Policy

As the U.S. midterms near, Washington is plagued by groupthink and a lack of vision that prevents creative solutions to the problems of a new era.

The six men stand in a line holding hands with crossed arms, forming a chain of hand-holding.
The six men stand in a line holding hands with crossed arms, forming a chain of hand-holding.

The United States Doesn’t Need to Recommit to the Middle East

The Biden administration is reportedly considering a formal defense agreement with the UAE. Here’s why it shouldn’t.

U.S. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One.
U.S. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One.

What to Expect From Biden’s Big Middle East Trip

The U.S. president’s upcoming trip to the region is being driven largely by a domestic political crisis linked to the price of oil.

Protesters hold signs that read "No-Fly Zone = WW3" and "Ceasefire now."
Protesters hold signs that read "No-Fly Zone = WW3" and "Ceasefire now."

Why America’s Far Right and Far Left Have Aligned Against Helping Ukraine

The discourse surrounding Russia’s war on Ukraine has created strange bedfellows.

Pete Buttigieg stands with his arm around his husband Chasten behind a podium with a U.S. flag in the background.
Pete Buttigieg stands with his arm around his husband Chasten behind a podium with a U.S. flag in the background.

‘Will I See a Gay President in My Lifetime? Absolutely.’

James Kirchick chronicles how the persecution of gay men in Washington tragically altered 20th-century foreign policy.

A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.
A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

The Real Stakes of Taiwan

It’s not about democracy. It’s about power.

US service members wait before deploying to Europe.
US service members wait before deploying to Europe.

U.S. Restraint Has Created an Unstable and Dangerous World

Decades of ignoring the menaces posed by Russia and China has led the West to a precipice.

An unexploded cylindrical bomb sits amid red flowers in front of a destroyed apartment building.
An unexploded cylindrical bomb sits amid red flowers in front of a destroyed apartment building.

The U.S. Should Start Helping Ukraine Rebuild Now

The West must demonstrate resolve for Ukraine to prosper as a sovereign nation.

Blinken puts his hand on Bennett's upper back in a friendly gesture as the two men stand behind a podium with a placard that reads "Prime Minister's Office"
Blinken puts his hand on Bennett's upper back in a friendly gesture as the two men stand behind a podium with a placard that reads "Prime Minister's Office"

Why Biden Is Trying to Keep Naftali Bennett Afloat

The right-wing Israeli leader’s fragile coalition is vastly preferable to a return of Netanyahu.

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