Kim in Control
North Korea’s threat to abandon the Trump summit isn’t an about-face. It’s a demonstration of who’s in the driver’s seat.
The ConsequencesIn China, North Korea, and Israel, we’re seeing the results of Trump’s rash decision-making.
Trump Has Wrecked One of the Most Successful Arms-Control Deals in Modern HistoryThe president withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal because of spite, ignorance, or both.
Bibi’s Iran Speech Was a BustThe Israeli prime minister’s much-hyped revelations make the case for keeping the Iran deal.
L’Etat of the UnionA day after cozying up to Trump on the Iran deal, Macron picked him apart in a rousing speech to Congress.
Will Assad “Get the Message” This Time?The U.S. once again opts for a limited response to Syria’s chemical weapons use.
The Missiles May Be “Smart,” but the President’s Plan Is NotBefore he risks an escalation in Syria and a conflict with Russia, Trump needs to figure out what he’s actually trying to accomplish.
Does Trump Even Know What He Wants From Kim Jong-un?The president has shown no indication that he has any plan for next month’s all-important North Korea summit.
It’s Time to Panic NowJohn Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser puts us on a path to war.
Infrastructure WeakThe time to do something about protecting our power plants and waterworks from Russian hackers was 20 years ago.
Rex, We Hardly Knew You. No, Really.An ignominious end for the most passive secretary of state in a century.
Let’s Talk About NukesIt’s great news if Kim Jong-un is willing to talk about giving up his nuclear weapons. But whether it leads to a breakthrough is up to the Trump administration.
Don’t Buy Putin’s Missile HypeIf the Russians want to waste their money on fancy new nukes, let them.
We Now Return to Your Regularly Scheduled Nuclear CrisisThe Olympics are over, and the high-stakes Trump-Kim showdown is no closer to resolution.
The Many Secrets of Gina HaspelTrump’s nominee to run the CIA probably did enough to get the job at her confirmation hearing, but not enough to address concerns about her views on torture.
More Than Just a Handshake?The genuinely inspiring Korea summit sets Trump up for a major diplomatic breakthrough—if he can ignore his own instincts.
What Is Denuclearization Anyway?Trump and North Korea are using very different definitions—and that has ramifications.
Enabler in ChiefMike Pompeo offered few assurances that he’s willing to stand up to Trump’s worst instincts.
Lost in SyriaIt’s been a year since Trump launched missiles at Assad’s military, and it’s now clear he had no strategy to back it up.
Who Made the Worst Decision of the Iraq War?We may never know for sure. But there’s reason to suspect Cheney.
“Getting Along” Is Not a Foreign PolicyTrump’s defense of congratulating Putin shows again how clueless he is.
Where H.R. McMaster Went WrongHe built a storied military career by speaking truth to power—until that power was President Trump.
Summit SurpriseA meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un could be a major opportunity—if Trump actually prepares for it.
The New Graveyard of Empires?Vladimir Putin’s grand ambitions for Syria aren’t working out quite as planned.