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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 15.

The U.S. and Europe Are Speaking a Different Language on China

Dire American warnings about the threat from Beijing fall on deaf ears at the Munich Security Conference.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during an event to unveil changes to the National Environmental Policy Act at the White House in Washington on Jan. 9.

Trump Is Failing His Dictatorship Test

After impeachment, the president has been passing most of the checkpoints on the way to authoritarianism.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte Terminates U.S. Defense Pact, Pleasing Trump but Few Others

Ending the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States is a deeply unpopular move.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The Middle East Thinks America Is Going Crazy

Arab countries are looking for partners who aren’t bogged down by chaos ranging from impeachment to Iowa.

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

No, Pete Buttigieg Is Not a CIA Asset

The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.

Troops stand near an F-35 while they listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on board the USS Wasp in Yokosuka, Japan, on May 28, 2019.

2 Easy Ways to Shrink America’s Overseas Footprint

Cutting dysfunctional programs offers a start to ending American primacy.

A sign with the radiation warning symbol in front of the construction of the Duga Soviet over-the-horizon radar system near Chernobyl, Ukraine, on Nov. 22, 2018.

Low-Yield Nukes Are a Danger, Not a Deterrent

Deterrence theorists are pushing ideas that have never been tested.

A Port Health Service staff member stands next to a thermal scanner as passengers arrive at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, on Jan. 27, 2019.

Trump’s Nigerian Ban Is About Race, Not Security

Nigerian entrepreneurship and creativity have always found a home in the United States—until now.

Pakistani Shiite Muslims in Lahore burn U.S. and Israeli flags in a protest against the killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Suleimani on Jan. 7.

An Eye for an Eye Doesn’t Make Americans Safer

The Trump administration is doubling down on vengeance as a foreign-policy doctrine, placing the United States and its allies in danger.

Palestinian demonstrators burn portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the slogan in Arabic "Down with the Deal of the Century" during a protest in Gaza's Jabalia refugee camp on Jan. 31.

The Trump-Netanyahu Alliance Is Endangering Americans and Israelis

The corrupt bond between Israel’s prime minister and the U.S. president might help them win elections, but it doesn’t keep their citizens safe.

China’s President Xi Jinping and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands ahead of talks at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 21, 2017.

Can China Replace the United States in Israel?

Talk of new Chinese-Israeli trade deals points to more complicated relationships with Washington to come.

Palestinian demonstrators burn portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against Trump’s proposed peace plan in Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp on Jan. 31.

Trump’s Peace Plan Is Palestinians’ Worst Nightmare

Arab states might accept Trump’s one-sided initiative, but an increasingly vocal new generation of Palestinians won’t allow regional leaders to sign away their right to a sovereign homeland.

Playing cards showing details of missing children are displayed in Beijing on March 31, 2007.

Human Trafficking Helps Terrorists Earn Money and Strategic Advantage

The United States should get serious about ending slavery once and for all.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his former White House physician, Ronny Jackson, listen to a presentation about new technology used by the Department of Veterans Affairs during an event at the White House on Aug. 3, 2017.

Trump Has Sabotaged America’s Coronavirus Response

As it improvises its way through a public health crisis, the United States has never been less prepared for a pandemic.

A New York City police officer stands in fog after a water main break on Broadway in New York on Jan. 13.

Obamacare for Geopolitics

The United States needs better insurance against attacks—whether by Mother Nature or human actors.

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