Nobody’s Asking for Trump to Be a Genius
But is it too much for him to at least show some foreign-policy common sense?
You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying
There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.
Israel Is at Peace (With Itself)
The country can’t form a government, its peace process is permanently stalled—and things have never been better.
Be Afraid of the World, Be Very Afraid
Five global problems that are getting worse—and may never get better.
Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived
The country’s political system doesn't deserve the laments it’s recently received.
Donald Trump and Swine Fever Are Creating an Economic Crisis
A deadly outbreak in China and trade tariffs in the United States are threatening to send global markets into a tailspin.
Once Upon a Time, Americans Believed in America
A new biography of Richard Holbrooke is a portrait of an era when the United States was at the center of the world—and assumed it should be.
If Nobody Knows Your Iran Policy, Does It Even Exist?
The Trump administration’s top foreign-policy priority is the Islamic Republic—but it’s unclear to what end.
Congress’s Anti-Semitism Act Won’t Stop Hate Crimes Against Jews
The debate over anti-Semitism on Capitol Hill is about scoring political points, not protecting religious minorities.
The 9/11 Generation Served. Now It Wants to Lead.
Three Democrats running for the White House fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and they came back with very different ideas.
America Isn’t as Powerful as It Thinks It Is
The era of unilateralism is over—and Washington is the last to realize it.
Loving Dictators Is as American as Apple Pie
Trump has embraced yet another strongman, this time in Libya. But it’s not just a personal failing—it’s a national tradition.
Your Cell Phone Is Spreading Ebola
A deadly outbreak in Congo has become a global emergency because of a raging conflict over valuable minerals.
The United States Will Be Shocked by Its Future
The only thing that’s clear about the changing world order is that Americans can shape their role in it—and that they’re likely to mess it up.
Nostalgia Is a National Security Threat
By idealizing the past, Americans have made themselves unsafe in the present.
Sisi Has His Own Jamal Khashoggi
It’s time to hold Egypt accountable for the U.S. citizens it has unjustly victimized.
America Is Wide Open for Foreign Influence
If you’re an outsider with a political agenda, there’s no better country to target than the United States.
5 Very Important Things About the World Nobody Knows
The future will be determined by a handful of big questions that don’t yet have answers.