Threats

The Writing Was on the Wall With Afghanistan

The latest bout of bloodshed may have played some role in the actions Trump just took, but it is also a convenient out for an administration that had gone all in on a floundering initiative.

Threats

Why the 2020 Campaigns Are Still Soft Targets for Hackers

Three years ago, Hillary Clinton's campaign chief clicked on a link that allowed Russia into his Gmail account. It could easily happen again.

Ideas

A Defining Moment for Trump’s Foreign Policy

A nation that itself broke free from colonial control has, under Trump, struggled to come up with a clear, consistent position on a massive demonstration from people in Hong Kong chafing at Chinese rule.

Ideas

Here’s What Foreign Interference Will Look Like in 2020

The incentives for foreign countries to meddle are much greater than in 2016, and the tactics could look dramatically different.

Ideas

How 'Great-Power Competition' Became Washington's Favorite Frame

In just a few years, GPC went from being an arcane term to approaching a cliché.

Threats

How Many Attacks Will It Take Until the White-Supremacist Threat Is Taken Seriously?

FBI Director Christopher Wray said recently that the bureau doesn’t “investigate the ideology, no matter how repugnant. We investigate violence.”

Ideas

How Long Can Trump Keep Ignoring Kim’s Missile Tests?

It’s becoming harder for the president to overlook the fact that the man with whom he claims to have fantastic chemistry is literally going ballistic.

Threats

South Korea's Tough Choice: The US or China?

Caught between its security ally and its top trading partner, Seoul is trying to have it all.

Ideas

2020 Democrats Have Found Their Foreign-Policy Battle Cry

Casting Trump as a threat to global democracy and American security, they aim to persuade voters that the danger is real.

Ideas

The US-Saudi Alliance Is on the Brink

The relationship has survived for seven decades. A Democratic president could change that.

Threats

The Day America's Denuclearization of North Korea Died

The first Trump-Kim summit was about convincing Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons. By the third meeting, it never even came up.

Policy

The Normalization of Meeting Kim Jong Un

Trump probably won’t convince the North Koreans to give up their nuclear weapons. But that doesn’t mean he has accomplished nothing.

Ideas

Is There Still a Deal to Be Done With Iran?

Below the surface, there are faint signs of how both parties can exit the crisis.

Ideas

The Disturbing Logic of Trump’s Lovefest With Kim Jong Un

“The cheapest concession you can make in a negotiation is to give the other fellow a little respect.”

Ideas

Trump’s Bet on Kim Might Not Pay Off

All that’s preventing the collapse of talks is that North Korea’s missiles haven’t flown far enough yet.

Ideas

How an Elaborate Plan to Topple Venezuela’s President Went Wrong

The United States thought all the pieces were in place for Maduro to leave. Then everything came crashing down.

Threats

Despite Threatening It, Trump Is Keeping the Military Out of Venezuela

The administration is sticking to an approach that it has favored against adversaries from Iran to North Korea: gradual economic strangulation.

Ideas

The Plan to Resurrect the North Korea Nuclear Talks

Trump wants a “big deal” with North Korea. Seoul would like him to settle for something a little smaller.

Threats

The US Is Running Low on Options to Force Maduro Out

The Trump administration has already deployed visa restrictions, sanctions, and even an embargo on Venezuelan oil. What else is left?

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