All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War
The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.
How (and How Not) to Talk About the Israel Lobby
There’s a difference between fair and unfair criticisms of AIPAC—and it’s time everyone, including AIPAC, acknowledges it.
Trump Is America’s First Contradiction-in-Chief
The United States has never had a military leader as bold, naive, and arrogant as the current president.
Why Some Countries Are Pathologically Shy
Six reasons some powerful states punch below their weight for lengthy periods.
The Middle East Doesn’t Admire America Anymore
What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about U.S. power in the Arab world.
America Has a Commitment Problem
Eight reasons that Washington has repeatedly made the mistake of making promises around the world it can’t keep.
Irony Is the Secret to Saving Democracy
How has the Czech Republic avoided the nationalist populism tearing apart Poland and Hungary? By not taking itself too seriously.
Why the New York Knicks Keep Dunking on Erdogan
The 7-foot center Enes Kanter has become a symbol of Turkey's never-ending purge—and a potential assassination target.
Trump and May Are Discrediting Democracy
Chaos and dysfunction in Washington and London make liberal democratic government look bad—and embolden China and Russia to market authoritarianism as an efficient alternative.
Europe’s Future Is as China’s Enemy
The continent can save NATO—but only if it takes Washington’s side in its growing struggle with Beijing.
The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever
At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.
Ebola Has Gotten So Bad, It’s Normal
Africa isn’t just dealing with an outbreak anymore—and that’s bad news for everyone.
Welcome to Congress. Here’s How to Run the World.
A crash course in international affairs for Washington’s newest arrivals.
Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Here to Stay
Democrats have the upper hand to take the White House—but whoever wins may have to adopt the current occupant's worldview.
Turkey Is Lying About Fighting ISIS
Erdogan promises to finish America's fight against the Islamic State, but it's the Kurds that he's out to destroy.
James Mattis Wasn’t Ready to Serve in a Democracy
After the tributes die down, the outgoing defense secretary will be remembered for recklessly expanding, and covering up, the country’s wars.
Good Riddance to America’s Syria Policy
As usual, Donald Trump has done the right thing in the wrong way.
Sisi Isn’t Mubarak. He’s Much Worse.
Egypt faced terrible repression during the Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak eras, but nothing like today’s sustained cruelty.
6 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Next War
Only Americans can stop their country from participating in strategically misguided, irresponsible, and immoral adventures.
The Death of Global Order Was Caused by Clinton, Bush, and Obama
America’s post-Cold War presidents could have taken a road that didn’t end at Donald Trump.