Ideas

Trump’s Border Obsession Is Courting Disaster

The president’s single-minded focus on immigration is shortchanging Homeland Security’s other crucial functions, from election security to emergency response.

Ideas

How Seriously Should the World Take Trump’s Venezuela Threat?

This isn’t the first time the president has threatened military force against the country, but now he is surrounded by regime-change advocates.

Ideas

Donald Trump's Pattern of Deference to the Kremlin Is Clear

Any specific incident might be explained away fairly easily. As a pattern, they’re too weird to dismiss with a shrug.

Ideas

James Mattis’s Final Protest Against the President

The defense secretary, who resigned on Thursday, was one of the last senior officials in the government who could constrain Donald Trump.

Ideas

The US Military Is Trump’s Favorite Prop

President Trump sent troops to the border even though they’re prohibited by law from stopping immigrants. He still hasn’t visited U.S. troops in a combat zone.

Ideas

Human Rights Have Evaporated from America’s Saudi Policy

The administration’s reticence about the disappearance of a Saudi journalist is offensive, but it’s also clarifying.

Ideas

Why the Space Force Is Just Like Trump University

The gap between the hype and reality of the proposed new branch of the military makes the project almost entirely an exercise in misleading branding.

Ideas

Can Global Agreements Survive Without the US? Climate Change Offers A Test Case

American withdrawal from the Paris agreement is a test for the future of the globe, but also for the international order.

Threats

Could Police Have Prevented Bloodshed in Charlottesville?

Neo-Nazis and counter-protesters alike think that local and state police should have done a better job keeping violence from breaking out over the weekend.

Policy

Are Mercenaries Really a Cheaper Way of War?

The founder of Blackwater says privatizing the 16-year war could save taxpayer money. History, both recent and farther back, suggests a different outcome.

Ideas

Why Trump Is Wholly Unsuited to the North Korea Crisis

The president confronts a situation that calls for a trustworthy, careful, decisive leader drawing on all available expertise.

Threats

An Attack From the ISIS Playbook

The London attack seems to fit with a pattern of growing attacks on Muslims—both in Europe and in the United States.

Policy

Trump to London: Be More Afraid

Rarely does a leader in a liberal democracy embrace, let alone foment, fear. But that’s exactly what Donald Trump did in response to attacks in London, as he has often done before.

Ideas

Foreign Leaders Have Realized Trump Is a Pushover

The president’s reported disclosure of classified information to Russia is only the latest example of the self-proclaimed great negotiator conceding to officials from overseas everything they want.

Ideas

Are Leakers Defending Democracy or Corroding It?

Are leaks about the White House the work of bureaucrats who want to undermine the president? And if so, is that a good or bad thing?

Policy

Five Questions Raised by Michael Flynn's Abrupt Departure

Who in the White House knew that the national security adviser had misled Mike Pence, and when? Who will replace him? And what will be the next bombshell?

Policy

How Trump Turned the US Foreign-Policy Consensus Upside-Down

The Republican nominee doesn’t just disagree with Democrats—his ideas represent a break with a long list of policies that have won bipartisan support for decades.

Ideas

France, ISIS and the Fragile Unity of a Nation Under Attack

With each new terrorist incident in France, the solidarity that accompanied previous ones becomes harder to sustain.

Science & Tech

The Era of Lethal Police Robots has Arrived

Dallas Police used a remote-controlled robot to kill one of the snipers, opening questions about the way law enforcement agencies will use new technologies.

Policy

Trump Was For Invading Libya (and Iraq) Before He Was Against It

The presumptive Republican nominee tries to draw a contrast between himself and Hillary Clinton, but both of them supported U.S. involvement in both Libya and Iraq.