A Mess of Contradictions
Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech was even worse than his usual incoherent rambling.
What Cyberwar Against ISIS Should Look LikeThe strategy worked to great effect against Iraq insurgents.
Obama’s Secrecy ProblemWhile he complains that too much information is classified, his own administration has been hostile to openness and transparency.
Whose Foreign Policy Is Scarier: Cruz’s or Trump’s?One guy listens to a wild-eyed paranoiac. The other guy listens only to himself.
It’s No Mystery Why ISIS Picked Brussels as a BaseBelgium’s government is a hodgepodge with dueling, uncooperative intelligence agencies.
What Does Russia’s Withdrawal From Syria Mean?Just that Bashar al-Assad is proving to be more trouble than he was worth.
Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Distract YouHis strange Henry Kissinger detour in the PBS debate was just another diversion from his lack of a plan to confront today’s foreign policy challenges.
Hillary Clinton Told the Truth About Her Iraq War VoteHer foreign policy judgment can’t be understood without that context.
Obama’s Republican Foreign Policy Critics Don’t Understand How the World WorksThey seem to think that “hitting them hard” is the only way to get people to do things.
Why Saudi Arabia and Iran May Be Seeking a New CrisisThe Saudi royal family and Iranian hard-liners both could benefit from the tensions.
America’s New Know-NothingsThe Republican Party’s top presidential candidates proved that they know nothing about foreign policy.
Fighting the Last WarRobert Kagan’s ideas for defeating ISIS and restoring world order are sheer fantasy.
Hillary Clinton Missed Her Chance to Explain How She Would Defeat ISISIt’s the foreign policy question of our time, and she took a pass.
We Are Going to War in Iraq Against ISISIt’s a small-scale conflict, but big questions about a political solution linger.
Russia’s Long History of CorruptionThe Panama Papers merely confirm what we’ve long suspected about Putin.
Nobody Won the Apple-FBI StandoffThe feds finally cracked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. Now Apple looks vulnerable—and the legal fight the FBI wants will have to wait.
When Castro Met NixonFidel charmed Americans in a 1959 visit, but U.S.–Cuba relations were always doomed.
The Battle Between Apple and the FBI Is So Heated Because It’s So UnprecedentedTelecom companies have been cooperating with the government for almost a century.
Why the Syria Deal Isn’t Really Much of a DealSadly, it may only lock in the gains made by Russia and Bashar al-Assad.
Obama’s Whopping New Military BudgetForget what Republicans tell you. The president still likes big military budgets.
The GOP Candidates Are Shockingly Uninformed About Foreign PolicyEven without Trump, the Republican field seems clueless on the basics.
Obama’s Hard Diplomatic Work Was Quietly Vindicated This Week The quick release of the U.S. sailors by Iran shows the value of the president’s calm, even-keeled approach to foreign policy.
Obama Offers Honest Words About Hard TruthsThe president doesn’t have any magic solutions for defeating ISIS. And neither does anyone else.
Turkey ShootWhy the downing of the Russian warplane will make peace in Syria a more distant prospect.
Why This Weekend Could Be Crucial in the Fight Against ISISISIS has rarely had to fight on more than one front at a time. That may finally change.