Policy

Exclusive: Longtime US Diplomat Weighs America’s Legacy in Syria

The immediate damage of the Turkish invasion has been repaired, Bill Roebuck says, but warns ISIS could reemerge without more U.S. assistance.

Threats

Biden Team Highlights Cybersecurity With First Cabinet Picks

Familiar faces will likely have to revisit efforts around information-sharing and establishing global norms.

Ideas

Give Us That Democracy Summit, President Biden

A long time ago, before the pandemic, he promised to convene free-world leaders. It’s still a good idea.

Ideas

Whatever Happens in the Election, Get Ready for a Rocky Transition

Trump says if he loses, he won’t help hand over power, and if he wins, he'll root out government employees he deems disloyal to him.

Business

Will COVID-Stressed Countries Slow Their Arms Buys?

State Department’s political-military leader sees mixed signals from abroad.

Policy

Is Iraq’s Military Good Enough for US Troops to Leave?

After 17 years of fighting Saddam, AQ, and ISIS, officials say support for Baghdad and its security forces remains key to fending off Iran.

Policy

‘Stunning’ Executive Order Enables Politicized Civil Service

President Trump's new directive allows thousands of federal jobs now filled through competition to be turned into at-will positions.

Ideas

As the US Slumps Away, China Subsumes African Security Arrangements

Organizations created to fight terror groups after 9/11 are becoming conduits for Beijing’s surveillance and influence.

Ideas

To Reboot Arms Control, Start with Small Steps

Stop accusing. Set aside questions of structure. Start talking.

Ideas

China or Your Soul? Pompeo’s Thunder Falls Flat on Corporate Ears

Companies keep choosing to serve the Chinese market — and that’s likely not good news for the Pentagon.

Ideas

Washington’s Arms Control Delusions and Bluffs

The Trump administration’s stances on nuclear negotiations don’t even make sense as a starting point.

Ideas

The Blob Meets the Heartland

Foreign policy should work better for America’s middle class.

Ideas

US Punishes International Criminal Court for Investigating Potential War Crimes in Afghanistan

The court prosecutes genocide, torture and grave wartime abuses worldwide. Trump's executive order imposes on its lawyers and judges the kind of sanctions usually used on foreign terrorists.

Ideas

Will Trumpism Change Republican Foreign Policy Permanently?

The president did not just challenge Republican orthodoxy. He also blew up its establishment.

Ideas

We Need to Reorganize More than the Military

U.S. defense and diplomacy needs a major redesign to get serious about strategic competition with China and Russia.

Ideas

US Troops Should Withdraw from Syria, Not Protect Oil Companies

Keeping 500 troops in-country to help Delta Crescent Energy drill only hurts America’s national security.

Ideas

To Rebuild America’s Weakened Alliances, Heal Its Diplomatic Corps

To guide us through troubled waters, we need a competent, influential, and re-invigorated State Department.

Ideas

Trump Should Teach Erdogan a Lesson in Law, Not Corruption

The president offered to help Turkey’s strongman beat U.S. courts, John Bolton has revealed. It only helps Iran.