Pompeo’s Departure Is Restoring the State Department’s Swagger
The U.S. secretary of state appears to have one foot out the door—and that’s exactly what U.S. diplomats have been waiting for.
10 Things in the World to Be Thankful for in 2019
Be grateful for Greta Thunberg, Emmanuel Macron—and the fact that things aren’t as bad as they could be.
Trump Is Happy to Seem Weak Next to Erdogan
The benefits of their personal relationship are clear for the Turkish president. But the U.S. president has his reasons, too.
The Real Reason to Panic About China’s Plague Outbreak
It’s not the disease that’s worrisome—it’s the Chinese government’s response to it.
Impeachment Is Redeeming the Blob
The U.S. foreign-policy establishment is responsible for countless woes—but the impeachment proceedings prove parts of it are better than others.
Mohammed bin Salman Is Having a Fire Sale of His Political Power
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince will take money from investors in the national oil company—but he’ll be giving up far more than he thinks.
Germany Chooses Economic Nostalgia Over Saving the Planet
Central bankers are recognizing they have the power and responsibility to fight climate change. The Bundesbank would rather not.
How to Tell if You’re in a Good Alliance
Not all allies are made equal. But who’s worth the commitment, and who’s not?
Erdogan Has No Idea What He’s Doing in Syria
The Turkish president’s war will likely fail because he doesn’t know what he wants.
Assad Is Now Syria’s Best-Case Scenario
The ruthless Syrian dictator is guilty of countless war crimes—and regrettably represents his country’s least bad remaining option.
The Fire in Syria Is Shedding Light on the United States
There’s only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It’s forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.
There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds
The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.
Welcome to Trump’s Impeachment Foreign Policy
His administration’s decisions will be erratic, ill-considered, and ineffective. In other words, business as usual.
The United States Is Done Caring About Syria
A major new report about the Syrian war raises the question of whether Washington ever cared about it in the first place.
The Realist Case for Impeachment
The U.S. president needs the public’s trust to conduct foreign policy. Donald Trump has forfeited it.
Trump’s Shameless Path to the Nobel Peace Prize
Getting a new nuclear deal with Iran won’t be easy—but the U.S. president’s utter lack of principle could help guide the way.
The World Knows an Apocalyptic Pandemic Is Coming
But nobody is interested in doing anything about it.
This Is the Moment That Decides the Future of the Middle East
If the United States is done fighting for Saudi Arabia’s oil, it's done fighting for the entire region.
We Lost the War in Afghanistan. Get Over It.
After 18 years of war, thousands of lives lost, and hundreds of billions of dollars squandered, the United States accomplished precisely nothing.