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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Needs to Deal With China Head-On
The Western alliance is unprepared to counter the direct and growing challenge from Beijing.
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.
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.
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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Washington under siege, peace building lessons from Nigeria, and a potential crisis for China’s aviation industry.
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.
America Is Going the Same Way as the Soviets in Afghanistan
The Soviet withdrawal was a disaster. The U.S. version looks eerily similar.
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.
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.
Who Robert Malley Is—and Isn’t
The Biden administration’s Iran envoy has become an object of controversy—for good reasons and bad.
America’s Supply Chains Are Foreign Policy Now
Why the push to bring home manufacturing won’t work—and what Biden should do instead.
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.
America’s India Problem Is All About Russia
Forget U.S. sanctions over arms deals. Indian-Russian alignment is in Washington’s best interest.