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.
South Sudan’s Proposed Unity Government Is Still Divided
Another delay won’t help achieve lasting peace. What the world’s youngest country needs is an exit strategy for its old-guard leaders.
Praising U.S. Diplomats for Their Testimony Is Not Enough
State Department officials who find themselves wrapped up in the Trump impeachment inquiry will need public support for years to come.
The Realists Are Wrong About Syria
Neither Trump nor the international relations experts who cheered his choice to withdraw U.S. troops have wrestled adequately with the costs of departure.
U.S. Deterrence in the Middle East Is Collapsing
The withdrawal from Syria is part of a broader pattern of weakness, especially in response to Iran.
How the Iran Hawks Botched Trump’s Syria Withdrawal
Beginning with special representative James Jeffrey, U.S. officials consistently misread the threat from Turkey.
To Make Maximum Pressure Work, Washington Should Cancel Iran Nuclear Waivers
Iran is flouting and bypassing its nonproliferation promises. If Trump is serious about stopping an Iranian bomb, he should cancel or suspend nuclear waivers for the Fordow and Arak facilities.
Trump Finally Found a Chinese Import He Likes: Corruption
Enlisting Beijing to interfere in the U.S. election is no joke.
If We Have to Choose Between Compromise and Genocide, We Will Choose Our People
The Kurds’ commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.
Maduro Is Playing a Dangerous Game on the Colombian Border
Tensions and lawlessness could spiral into armed conflict.
Trump’s Use of Sanctions Is Nothing Like Obama’s
The White House’s aggressive deployment of coercive economic tools has given rise to a growing geopolitical backlash.
Trump’s Globalism Is a Caricature of Multilateralism
When it comes to international cooperation, the White House is repeating the mistakes of the past.
What Terrorism Experts Can Learn From Public Health Experts
National security professionals have a duty to use their influence to fight hyperbole.
The Women Who Shaped Obama’s Foreign Policy
Two new memoirs by Samantha Power and Susan Rice show how idealists became insiders—and what was lost along the way.
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The United States Should Help Mongolia Stand Up to China
On Beijing’s doorstep, Ulaanbaatar continues to defy the geopolitical odds.