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.
Don’t Let Democrats Become the Party of War
In their zeal to oppose any policy associated with Trump, the Democratic Party’s leaders in Congress are starting to sound like warmongers.
America Has a Commitment Problem
Eight reasons that Washington has repeatedly made the mistake of making promises around the world it can’t keep.
Can Israel’s Iron Wall Contain Hamas?
Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has tried to keep the Islamist group in check, but the situation in Gaza is as unstable as ever.
Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia
Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.
Truth First, Reconciliation Later
After decades of dictatorship, Gambia has launched a truth commission. But in a country where some victims were also perpetrators, delivering justice to all won’t be easy.
A New Cold War Has Begun
The United States and China will be locked in a contest for decades. But Washington can win if it stays more patient than Beijing.
No Smiles Across the Taiwan Strait
Wars of words leave peace a long way off — and more aggression on the table.
Why Jim Webb Might Be Trump’s Ideal Secretary of Defense
His many controversial comments often align with the president’s views.
The Blob Is Lying About Trump’s Sudden Syria Withdrawal
The president's shift in policy has been portrayed as a surprise—but America's foreign-policy machinery was quietly tasked with preparing for it months ago.
The Year That Washington Finally Cared About Yemen
Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on Yemen.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2019
As U.S. leadership fades, authoritarian leaders are competing to see how much they can get away with.
‘We Can’t Save Syrians Anymore, But We Can Save the Truth’
An ambitious oral history project will determine how the war in Syria is remembered.
Trump Leaves Behind Mess for Afghans to Clean Up
Reports of the withdrawal of U.S. troops took Afghans by surprise. And it gives the Taliban exactly what they want.
6 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Next War
Only Americans can stop their country from participating in strategically misguided, irresponsible, and immoral adventures.
When Soldiers Go Back to Being Children
The unlikely success of Sudan and the FARC proves minors can be protected from conflict.
Shot in Sri Lanka, Shelled in Syria
On the podcast: War correspondent Marie Colvin documented the horrors of war until one of them took her life.
Netanyahu’s Toy Soldiers
Israel’s prime minister is now also its defense minister—but he’s mostly interested in the job for PR.