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America’s Forever Wars Have Come Back Home

It’s no coincidence that, after years of fighting abroad, the United States is beset with paranoia, loss of trust, and increasingly bitter divisions.

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Biden’s Syria Strikes Fuel New Debate on War Powers

Democrats in Congress signaled they were uneasy with the move and are demanding answers from the White House.

CIA Director-designate William Burns testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 24.

Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’

Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition.

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the Islamic State terror group.

State Department Floats Plans to Reshuffle Counter-Islamic State Envoy Office

The proposed move has sparked internal debates over the future of U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Munich Security Conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 19.

Biden Was Right: America Is Back

The country’s reputation won’t be fixed anytime soon, but the fact that it’s trying is a sign of exceptionalism—and a return to the United States’ finest tradition.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul on Feb. 29, 2020.

NATO Needs to Deal With China Head-On

The Western alliance is unprepared to counter the direct and growing challenge from Beijing.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, on Jan 27.

How to Do Diversity Reforms Right

Decades of attempts to remodel the State Department haven’t worked—here’s why and how to do better this time.

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Russian Pipeline Project Tests Biden’s Relations With Russia, Germany—and Congress

Torn between mending ties with Germany or Republicans in Congress, the Biden administration takes a softer line on Nord Stream 2 than some lawmakers expected.

The U.S. Marine Corp’s Iwo Jima Memorial can be seen as sun begins to rise behind the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument in Arlington, Virginia on Nov. 7, 2020.

A World Without War

A new book argues that America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats—and we’d all be better off without it.

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Our Top Weekend Reads

Washington under siege, peace building lessons from Nigeria, and a potential crisis for China’s aviation industry.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

A convoy crosses a bridge in Termez, now part of Uzbekistan, during the withdrawal of the Soviet Red Army from Afghanistan, on May 21, 1988.

America Is Going the Same Way as the Soviets in Afghanistan

The Soviet withdrawal was a disaster. The U.S. version looks eerily similar.

Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan and Mitt Romney attend the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Oct. 18, 2012 in New York City.

America Is Learning to Reject Socialism, but Love the Welfare State

Some Republicans are taking steps toward Europe’s model of religiously inspired social assistance.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak at the State Department.

Biden Mulls Special Envoy for Horn of Africa

The post, if created, would bring more diplomatic firepower to the brewing crisis in Ethiopia as members of Biden’s cabinet and other senior State Department nominees await confirmation.

Rob Malley poses in his office May 7, 2018 in Washington.

Who Robert Malley Is—and Isn’t

The Biden administration’s Iran envoy has become an object of controversy—for good reasons and bad.

Production line at a GlaxoSmithKline factory involved in the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux in northern France on Dec. 3, 2020.

America’s Supply Chains Are Foreign Policy Now

Why the push to bring home manufacturing won’t work—and what Biden should do instead.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden meets workers at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Detroit on March 10, 2020.

Biden’s Trade Plans Will Boost China’s Power in Asia

Supporting the middle class at home and reasserting leadership abroad may be mutually exclusive, especially in Asia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.

America’s India Problem Is All About Russia

Forget U.S. sanctions over arms deals. Indian-Russian alignment is in Washington’s best interest.

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