The Sanctions IllusionObama has chosen to go after Putin’s cronies. But do sanctions ever really work?
Why Putin May Stand DownKiev is offering the Russian strongman what he wants, without his having to send in the tanks.
How to Punish PutinIgnore him. He’s running a regional power and isn’t half as smart as Cold Warriors think.
The Collapse of Ukraine’s Brief Hope for Peace?President Yanukovych flees Kiev as protesters take control of his palace. How far will Putin go to regain his grip? And will Obama try to stop him?
A Reasonable Iran?It’s hard to believe, but the U.S. and Iranian nuclear talks may be close to a historic breakthrough.
Will Iran Cut a Deal?Iranian President Hassan Rouhani doesn’t have a free hand, but Washington should take these nuclear talks as far as they can possibly go.
A Win-Win-Win for Everyone (Except the Syrians)The U.S.-Russian deal on Assad’s chemical weapons shows diplomacy is possible when interests converge.
Obama’s Guns of AugustPresident Obama will likely bomb Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria. Here is the logic—and limits—for the president’s plan of attack.
Robert Gates’ Primal ScreamThe furious, brilliant, bridge-burning memoir of the most effective cabinet secretary of our time.
A Royal PainSaudi Arabia’s differences with the Obama administration are tied to the kingdom’s weakening position in the world.
Take a Chance on IranPresident Obama would be crazy not to seize the opportunity that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has given him.
Your Move, PutinObama’s speech may not have sounded novel, but the president may have helped his cause in unexpected ways.
Obama’s in a Jam on SyriaHe has feeble international support, and he doesn’t know what he’s trying to accomplish.
False SummitsPresident Obama didn’t snub Putin. They never had a good reason for meeting in the first place.