Foreign Policy

Tillerson Can’t Fix What Ails U.S. Ties With Turkey

Tillerson Can’t Fix What Ails U.S. Ties With Turkey

The Trump administration’s not-so-charm offensive may have steered U.S.-Turkey relations away from the brink of collapse. That’s no cause for a victory lap just yet.
This Is What $1.25 Million Dollars a Month Bought the Russians

This Is What $1.25 Million Dollars a Month Bought the Russians

A birthday card! An all-American trip! Tweets! Stolen American identities!
The Mysterious Origins of a DHS Report Calling for Sunni Muslim Surveillance

The Mysterious Origins of a DHS Report Calling for Sunni Muslim Surveillance

FP published a draft government report calling for the screening of Sunni Muslims. How do such reports come to be?
Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance

Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance

Too much engagement with North Korea could derail the White House’s promising approach.
Erdogan’s Fatal Blind Spot

Erdogan’s Fatal Blind Spot

The real threat to Turkey isn’t the Kurds. It’s the Islamic State.
Bibi Is Burning Down the House

Bibi Is Burning Down the House

Faced with legal threats, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t hesitate to sow doubt, chaos, and confusion in order to remain in power.
The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was

The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was

The $30 billion pledged toward reconstruction in Iraq was more than some expected, but still short of the total needed to rebuild the country.
The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again

The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again

The Pentagon always complains for more money – and politicians always eventually give in.
All Eyes on North Korea

All Eyes on North Korea

Intelligence agencies are surging resources to focus on the Korean Peninsula.
Will Pope Francis Surrender to China?

Will Pope Francis Surrender to China?

In capitulating on the issue of bishop appointments, the Vatican would lose a 1,000-year struggle.
The Trojan Horse of Russian Gas

The Trojan Horse of Russian Gas

Energy resources aren’t just a commodity – they’re a vehicle for Russia’s political ambitions.
Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik

Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik

The Vatican’s diplomacy with China, and other authoritarian governments, is based on a century-old fantasy of its worldly power.
The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late

The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late

McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson are having tough conversations with Turkish counterparts.
Chinese Government Gave Money to Georgetown Chinese Student Group

Chinese Government Gave Money to Georgetown Chinese Student Group

Growing party influence on campuses nationwide has cast a pall over academic freedom.
Zuma Has Fallen

Zuma Has Fallen

South Africa's president weathered scandal after scandal while driving his country’s economy and reputation into the ground. His luck has finally run out.
What Happens When a Major World City Runs Dry?

What Happens When a Major World City Runs Dry?

As Cape Town counts down to Day Zero, South Africans worry about severe unrest and outbreaks of disease.
Iran Is Playing With Fire in Syria

Iran Is Playing With Fire in Syria

The downing of an Israeli jet won’t fundamentally alter the Middle East’s strategic balance.
Defending America Means Defending Democracy

Defending America Means Defending Democracy

With China and Russia on the rise, the United States leaves the field uncontested at its peril.
A Year Later, Tillerson Rolls Back ‘Self Inflicted Wound’

A Year Later, Tillerson Rolls Back ‘Self Inflicted Wound’

The secretary of state’s freeze on hiring diplomats’ family members at understaffed embassies is ending, but it left resentment in its wake.
Trump Has Undercut U.S. Refugee Resettlement. Here’s One Way to Restore It.

Trump Has Undercut U.S. Refugee Resettlement. Here’s One Way to Restore It.

Instead of closing resettlement offices and blocking the entry of people from war-ravaged countries, the United States should maintain its historical commitments.