U.S. Foreign Policy

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell arrives to pay his respects as the remains of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Dec. 4, 2018.

The Powell Doctrine Lives On

Colin Powell’s legacy of restraint gained new relevance after Afghanistan and Iraq.

Flags of the EU and China are seen as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a video conference to approve an investment pact between China and the European Union on December 30, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

Will Europe Ever Really Confront China?

The Biden administration is gearing up for a long-term struggle in China—but shouldn’t expect its closest allies by its side.

Yale University buildings

Yale’s Grand Strategy Program Has Always Been Broken

The university set out to train the next generation of U.S. leaders—but it often failed to educate them.

Protesters hold signs reading "Peace Through Strength" and "I Support U.S. Troops."

Americans Got the Foreign-Policy Blob They Asked For

The problem isn’t the establishment, it’s reconciling what Americans want in their foreign policy.

A smiling Bashar al-Assad faces a crowd of journalists with microphones.

Biden’s Inaction on Syria Risks Normalizing Assad—and His Crimes

The world is gradually accepting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad back into the fold.

Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looks on as he arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on June 26, 2019.

Erdogan’s Heir Apparent Isn’t a Problem

Turkey’s minister of defense is a staunch nationalist—but that doesn’t mean he’s anti-Western.

Joe Biden and Anthony Blinken participate in a virtual meeting with leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries March 12, 2021 at the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.

Is Biden’s Foreign Policy Failing?

The U.S. president’s intentions might be good, but the results so far are another matter.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden

When the White House Changed Hands, It Changed Tone but Not Policies

Whether snubbing allies, abusing tariffs, or expelling refugees, the Biden administration at eight months looks little changed from Trump’s.

The U.S. and Egyptian presidents ride to an event.

Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

Twenty years after 9/11, U.S. policy in the Middle East is still based on a fundamental mistake.

A protester gestures while holding a placard as another holds up a scarf with the colors of the Nigerian national flag during a demonstration against police brutality.

America’s Hollow Africa Policy

Washington’s focus on stability over human rights is alienating Africa’s youth.

An aerial view shows Lebanon's capital Beirut in darkness during power outage on April 3, 2021.

The United States Has No Plan to Save Lebanon

The country’s desperate citizens are increasingly investing their hopes in a U.S. government that has other priorities.

Two U.S. soldiers walk past a concrete block with a painted-on Iraqi flag as they patrol a neighborhood in Baghdad on Jan. 18, 2008.

20 Years After 9/11, U.S. Global Authority Is Weaker Than Ever

A crisis within Islam spawned al Qaeda. It also put an end to a U.S.-led unipolar world.


How 9/11 Will Be Remembered a Century Later

The attacks could be viewed as a historical turning point—or as entirely insignificant.

Chinese yuan banknotes are seen behind an illuminated stock graph on Feb. 10, 2020. Dado Ruvic Illustration/REUTERS

After Afghanistan, Biden Can Learn From How Fund Managers Handle Their Disasters

Five basic strategies from investment analysis apply to war and diplomacy too.

U.S. Marines raise an American flag

Afghanistan Hasn’t Damaged U.S. Credibility

The withdrawal has been tragic—but it hasn’t been a strategic disaster.

U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan

The United States Keeps Doing What It Can’t

The main lesson from the failed intervention in Afghanistan is about the dangers of self-delusion. Will anyone learn it?

Cuban activists and supporters rally outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on July 27.

Don’t Let Cuba’s Protest Momentum Evaporate

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration should listen to activists on the ground.

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