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The Beautiful, Dumb Dream of McDonald’s Peace Theory

In the rich, lazy, and happy 1990s, Americans imagined a world that could be just like them.

Vice President Joe Biden greets guests as he and his wife Dr. Jill Biden host a Thanksgiving dinner at the Vice-President's residence.

The Top Five Reasons to Still Feel Thankful About the World

Believe it or not, this year’s pandemic-afflicted globe offers plenty of grounds for gratitude.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks with then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden March 23, 2010 in Washington.

How Israel Should Prepare for Biden’s New Approach to Iran

Israeli officials should urge the new administration to maintain U.S. economic leverage over Iran while avoiding the personal vendettas and public policy feuds of the Obama era.

A French Rafale fighter jet prepares to land on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise off Goa, India, on May 9, 2019.

The Quad’s Malabar Exercises Point the Way to an Asian NATO

India, Japan, Australia, and the United States have a good model if they want to keep the peace without threatening China.

Vice-President Joe Biden looks on during a bilateral meeting between President Obama and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine in the Oval Office of the White House September 18, 2014 in Washington.

Biden Has the Team Obama Always Wanted

The next U.S. administration will feature the most cohesive group of foreign-policy hands in at least a generation.

Firefighters set a backfire to protect homes in California

Indian and Californian Politics Are Both Playing With Fire

Environmental crisis has become caught up in petty struggles.

Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) reads an article from "USA Today" during a rally at Morrell Park October 17, 2008 in Henderson, Nevada.

The Transition Has Started. Release the Op-Eds!

Every four years, Washington’s ideas industry indulges in its favorite ritual: trying—and mostly failing—to influence the next U.S. president.

A copy of former President George Washington's personal copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is viewed at Christie's auction house on June 15, 2012 in New York City.

This Is How a Constitution Dies

The United States’ stalled presidential transition may seem like a farce—but it’s still the biggest constitutional crisis since the Civil War.

Micah Cohen, Nate Silver, and Harry Enten

Polling Has a 98 Percent Chance of Being Bad for You

It’s not the accuracy of the polls that matters, it’s their ubiquity.

Soldiers practice administering swab tests at a tennis center in Liverpool on Nov. 6.

National Business Corps to the Rescue

In the United Kingdom, an obscure partnership between business leaders and the military pulled the country back from the brink. The United States and other countries should replicate the model now.

Joe Biden's U.S. election victory is seen on the front pages of British newspapers

Biden Could Help Heal Europe’s Brexit Wounds

The special relationship may survive, but the focus will be very different.

Members of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie patrol in the Omar Bongo Square of Cameroon's majority Anglophone Southwest province capital Buea on Oct. 3, 2018.

Cameroon’s Government Is Deceiving the West While Diverting Foreign Aid

Paul Biya’s regime is ignoring the battle against Boko Haram and the Islamic State and using foreign counterterrorism assistance to fund its brutal repression of citizens with legitimate grievances.

President Donald Trump walks with Jerome Powell at the White House in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017.

The West’s Constitutional Crises Threaten the Economy’s Last Best Hope

Central banks have kept their economies afloat this year—but political dysfunction is pushing them past the breaking point.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden holds a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 10, 2010.

Biden Can’t Free Palestine

The Oslo paradigm has proved dangerous for Palestinians. It’s time to look beyond it.

Then-Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi (R) speaks with presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa (L) and Denis Sassou Nguesso of Republic of Congo (C) in Tripoli on April 10, 2011 during a meeting with a high-ranking African Union delegation trying to negotiate a truce between Qaddafi's forces and rebels seeking to oust him.

By Ignoring African Leaders, the West Paved the Way for Chaos in Libya

A race-based colonial mindset that views the continent as Europe’s playground and dismisses the concerns of Africans continues to fuel death and destruction.

Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley, Vice President Joe Biden, Major General Andrew P. Poppas, and Army Secretary Eric Fanning attend the transfer of a soldier who died of injuries sustained in Afghanistan in Illinois on Nov 15, 2016.

Can Biden End America’s Forever Wars?

Delivering on his promise will prove extremely difficult—but so may the consequences of not doing so.

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