Once Upon a Time, Helsinki Meant Human Rights
Trump’s summit with Putin risks tarnishing a legacy of Republican moral leadership.
It Still Doesn’t Get Worse Than Afghanistan
From alienating allies to starting trade wars, Trump has made plenty of foreign-policy errors. But his biggest blunder is the one Obama handed him.
Strongmen Die, but Authoritarianism Is Forever
It’s reassuring to think authoritarian governments depart with their leaders. It’s also wrong.
The EU and NATO and Trump — Oh My!
Donald Trump’s trans-Atlantic policy is a contradiction in terms.
Don’t Trust Anybody About Turkey’s Elections
The one thing that's clear about Erdogan's re-election bid is that everything is unclear.
Is Trump’s America the Safest Country in the World?
The world is less dangerous than it was a year ago — but the long-term trends, if you're not American, have gotten cloudier.
Never Call Kim Jong Un Crazy Again
After the Singapore summit, it isn't just wrong to say the North Korean leader is irrational — it's dangerous.
North Korea Is Following the Saddam Hussein Playbook
The big question for the world is whether the United States will now follow its old Iraq playbook, too.
The Photo-Op Summit
America isn't going to achieve any of its stated objectives by meeting with North Korea in Singapore. And that's okay.
India Is Panicking About a Virus Passed by Bat Poop
The Nipah virus is awful. Hysteria makes it worse.
The Real Reason the Middle East Hates NGOs
Western promoters of democracy aren’t seen as a threat to individual rulers but as a reminder of colonial history.
Bullies Don’t Win at Diplomacy
President Donald Trump is learning that, just because the United States is powerful, that doesn’t mean it can push other countries around.
Meeting With North Korea Is a Win for America
It's good for the United States to talk with its enemies, even if no deal is in the offing.
Macron Has Changed France’s Political DNA
One year after his election, it's clear Emmanuel Macron isn't just a president — he's a liberal man of providence.
The World Wants You to Think Like a Realist
From Europe to Iran to North Korea, the world doesn't make sense anymore — unless you put all your illusions aside.
Riyalpolitik and the Art of Influence in Trump’s Washington
America's Arab allies have always wanted to buy direct access to U.S. foreign policy, and they finally found a seller.
Trump Is in a Coma on Public Health
Amid the latest Ebola outbreak, the Trump administration is handing leadership to Angela Merkel — and she's not out to protect American interests.
And Now for Some Crises That Are Completely Different
As the Trump administration struggles to keep track of the usual hotspots, major trouble is brewing in forgotten corners of the world.
Regime Change for Dummies
A brief global history of a tactic that's back in style: toppling other countries' governments.
RIP the Trans-Atlantic Alliance, 1945-2018
The partnership with America had a long and fruitful life — but Europe is ready to start over.