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In Iran Nuclear Talks, the US Has No Good Plan ‘B’

Sanctions haven’t worked. Tehran is drawing closer to a Bomb. It’s time to get serious about negotiating.

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A Low Bar for Success in Today’s Iran-Nuke Talks

The Nov. 29 session between the U.S., Iran, the European Union, and the rest of the P5+1 has the air of a make-or-break moment.

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The Defense Budget Process Is Broken

What the U.S. needs isn’t more money for the Pentagon, but an honest and tough debate about strategy.

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Can the US and Russia Agree to Disagree?

The relationship is cold, but there are still some areas of mutual interest.

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Don’t Divide the World Between Democracies and Autocracies

There are better ways to face our challenges than pushing for ideological blocs.

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The Big Hack Is Damaging. That Doesn’t Make Russia 10 Feet Tall.

U.S. leaders must not overestimate a country with a weak economy and overrated military.

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The 20th Year of the Afghanistan War Should Be America’s Last

U.S. national security interests do not depend on the outcome of the peace talks. It’s time to come home.

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The NDAA Should Prompt a Rethinking of Costly U.S. Foreign Policy

The annual defense authorization bill offers a chance to end wars and programs that are not worth their price.

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It’s Too Late for US-Russia-China Arms-Control Fantasies

As U.S. and Russian negotiators open two days of talks in Vienna, they should waste no more time talking about a tripartite agreement.

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Cool It With the ‘America In Decline’ Talk

Clear-eyed assessment, not reductive defeatism, is required to develop a foreign policy that meets U.S. interests.

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No, ISIS Isn’t Resurging Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

A spate of recent attacks show the group’s capabilities haven’t advanced in a year.

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What If Kim Jong Un Dies?

Improvements in U.S.-North Korean relations would still largely be up to Washington.

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It’s Time for the US and Saudi Arabia to Break Up

Riyadh’s recent crude-oil dump is the latest indication that the oil-for-security basis of the special relationship is no longer applicable.

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ISIS Is No Reason to Stay in Iraq

Don’t take the wrong conclusion from recent news about the group’s “resurgence.”

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US-Iranian Diplomacy Almost Worked. Let’s Try It Again

Direct talks may be too much to ask for at this stage, but tension-reduction measures promoted by third parties are still very plausible.

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The Trump Administration’s ‘Denuclearization’ Is A Road to Nowhere

U.S. policy will remain stuck as long as the administration continues to convince itself that the North’s nuclear dismantlement can be achieved on Washington’s timeline.

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NATO Should End its Open-Door Policy

Enlarging the alliance has caused more problems than it has solved.

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Trump Made His Real Syria Mistakes Months Ago

U.S. involvement should have ended with the recapture of ISIS’ territory and a Kurd-Assad deal.

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