Traditionally, domestic issues dominate U.S. presidential elections, with a tiny fraction of voters giving top priority to foreign policy concerns. But this year could be different.
The Trump White House runs a foreign policy with irreconcilable objectives, no internal coherence, and no pretense of gaming out critical decisions before they are taken.
The Russian president may never leave the political stage—but he's now ready to take a step back.
Without corrective action, the United States and Europe will drift further apart over the 2020s, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office.
It is time to rethink the belief that solutions are impossible and that encryption means law enforcement officials cannot do their jobs. By breaking the debate down into its component parts and looking at points of agreement, there is a path toward a more fruitful and more civil debate.
After taking power in 2016, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev quickly recognized that growing socioeconomic discontent could destabilize his regime, so he launched a preventative program of political and economic reforms.
There was too little discussion of the current crisis with Iran and too little about each candidate’s conception of the U.S. role in world.
Borrowing from the World Bank not only makes economic sense for China but it also benefits the World Bank.
History shows that, most of the time, the reactions of great powers to attacks have more lasting consequences than the attacks themselves.
Qaboos seemed an anachronism in his final years on the throne, a temperate leader in an intemperate Middle East. His passing has huge consequences for the fate of his temperate model, with all its imperfections.
A new book by Ben Ryan takes a distinctly Western anxiety and characterizes what many consider to be “the West” as something of a myth that is reaching a point of decline that may lead to its extinction as an idea.
Under Soleimani’s command, Iran became the only country in the region capable of harnessing both Shiite extremism and, at times, Sunni radicalism too.
Presidents make lonely, difficult decisions about the use of force to protect U.S. interests—usually with the solace of knowing at least that diplomacy had failed. The tragedy of the current plight is that diplomacy was succeeding before it was abandoned.
As the news of the killing of Qassem Suleimani sunk in, the differences between how it was covered in the West and the reaction in the wider Arab world became clear.
While the traditional powers of the Indian Ocean continue to work together across the maritime domain to maintain a balance of power, the role of islands in shaping a new security architecture is often overlooked.
Altering American foreign policy while maintaining national security imperatives is never a matter of just pulling the plug.
Inside the Islamic Republic, the impact of Soleimani’s death will take years to appreciate. But its immediate effect was to throw the regime a lifeline.
Europe has a vested interest in Middle East stability as well as in the welfare of its people.
Both President Donald Trump and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have something in common: they both want to hang on to power and a major war between Iran and the United States is not good politics for either one.
A major war with Iran is by no means inevitable. But the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani is a roll of the dice that just might take us there.