U.S. Government

Then-U.S. Ambassador to Malta Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

State Dept. Out to Tackle Diversity Failings With New Appointment

Career diplomat Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will be tasked with reversing the department’s record of big promises and little results.

Joe Biden at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

How Biden Will—and Won’t—Battle the Pentagon

What the new president really thinks about the military—and what the military really thinks about him.

A U.S. soldier fires a rocket-propelled grenade during a firefight with insurgents in the Pech Valley, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2012.

A Masterful Account of America’s Doomed Afghanistan Mission

Wesley Morgan’s “The Hardest Place” is embedded reporting at its finest.

Jake Sullivan speaks alongside President-elect Joe Biden.

The Sullivan Model

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s “once-in-a-generation intellect,” is facing a once-in-a-generation challenge.

Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe Airport in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The End of Quiet Diplomacy in Myanmar

The U.N. dials up the pressure campaign against Myanmar’s putschists.

A U.S. aircraft carrier leaves its San Diego port.

Will Americans Die for Freedom of Navigation?

The Navy’s favorite tool in Asia is deeply flawed.

Pilot at LaGuardia Airport in New York

Biden Needs to End His Staff Travel Ban Now

Only three top State Department officials have been allowed to travel abroad. That’s no way to preserve U.S. interests.

Blinken at NATO headquarters in Brussels

Biden Team’s Embrace of Europe Falls Short on Content

Outcomes, not optics, should be the measure of U.S. policy in Europe.

Truman gives foreign policy address during Cold War.

Biden Revives the Truman Doctrine

His call to wage a global war for freedom echoes the dawn of the Cold War.

Jeffrey Feltman speaks at the United Nations.

Biden Eyes Former Top U.N. Official for Horn of Africa Envoy

Washington wants a seasoned point person for the brewing crises in East Africa.

A television screen in the control room of ITV broadcasts a live address by then-U.S. President George W. Bush announcing the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in London on Dec. 14, 2003.

Repeal the President’s Iraq War Powers

It’s been 18 years since the invasion, after all.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in Brazil.

Russian Arms Sale Clouds U.S.-India Ties

New Delhi’s deal for the Russian S-400 system could limit burgeoning military ties with Washington.

Joe Biden disembarks at a campaign stop in Ohio.

Biden’s ‘Foreign Policy for the Middle Class’ Is a Revolution

The new administration is trying to forge a new national consensus on grand strategy that doesn’t privilege the rich.

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