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The Battle for Austria’s Right Is a Harbinger for the Rest of Europe

The Battle for Austria’s Right Is a Harbinger for the Rest of Europe

In Vienna, the center-right and populist right are vying for power. All of Europe is watching.
Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China

Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China

The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.
Trump Will Be Haunted by the Ghost of TPP

Trump Will Be Haunted by the Ghost of TPP

Throwing out a global trade deal has enormous ramifications in Asia.
Jared Kushner, Mohammed bin Salman, and Benjamin Netanyahu Are Up to Something
Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

Without a plan for countering Iranian and Russian interests in Eastern Syria, the administration could find itself in a very bad place in the Middle East.
The United States Has a Lot Riding on the Honduras Election

The United States Has a Lot Riding on the Honduras Election

Central America isn’t beyond repair, but there aren’t a lot of good people we can work with right now.
The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons

The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons

The United States needs to put a stop to this flashpoint before it’s too late.
President Trump and the Risks of Nuclear War

President Trump and the Risks of Nuclear War

How command and control works when the military wakes up the president vs. when the president wakes up the military.
As Kenya Struggles to Recover from a Tumultuous Election, America Must Stand by Its Side

As Kenya Struggles to Recover from a Tumultuous Election, America Must Stand by Its Side

The democratic future of a key ally in East Africa is at stake.
Kill All the Poppies

Kill All the Poppies

There’s no way to ever win against the Taliban if the heroin trade is left to flourish.
Two Cheers for Rex

Two Cheers for Rex

The secretary of state has been going through a rough patch, but not all of his endeavors deserve to be pilloried.
Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

The West needs a strong, committed, engaged White House to hedge against China’s inexorable rise.
Donald Trump Is Singlehandedly Wrecking the Special Relationship

Donald Trump Is Singlehandedly Wrecking the Special Relationship

America has no greater friend than Britain. Or had.
Will the U.S. Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem Matter?

Will the U.S. Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem Matter?

Israel currently sits athwart two countervailing strategic trends.
Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

President Trump can’t let the House and Senate play politics with Iranian nuclear deal.
Grand Strategy Is Overrated

Grand Strategy Is Overrated

Why President Trump shouldn’t necessarily heed the long-term vision of his own National Security Strategy.
America Needs NAFTA to Win

America Needs NAFTA to Win

The U.S. economy has grown because of NAFTA. Scuttling it now would do grievous damage.
Combatting Chinese Economic Coercion in the NSS

Combatting Chinese Economic Coercion in the NSS

The Trump administration needs a robust plan to make sure America remains the world’s most powerful economy.
The NSS and the China Challenge

The NSS and the China Challenge

The president and his team deserve credit for formulating a coherent, cohesive approach to battling Beijing.
Five Takeaways From Trump’s National Security Strategy

Five Takeaways From Trump’s National Security Strategy

“America First” is officially all grown up.