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December 16, 2019

Afghanistan War
Did the Government Mislead the Public About the War in Afghanistan?

America’s longest war continues not because of government deception but because successive presidents have judged the risks of withdrawal to be higher than the costs of commitment.

U.S. Army soldiers fire a howitzer artillery piece in Kandahar Province on June 12, 2011.

December 16, 2019

Global
2019 Hot Spots: The Year in Eleven Maps

CFR showcases eleven maps that help explain the events that grabbed the world’s attention in the past year.

December 4, 2019

Turkey
Trump Is Happy to Seem Weak Next to Erdogan

The benefits of their personal relationship are clear for the Turkish president. But the U.S. president has his reasons, too.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan during a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2019.

December 3, 2019

Syria
There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds

The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holds a Kurdistan flag during a deployment in the area near the northern Iraqi border with Syria

December 3, 2019

Turkey
Erdogan Has No Idea What He’s Doing in Syria

The Turkish president’s war will likely fail because he doesn’t know what he wants.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 22 October 2019

December 3, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Having a Fire Sale of His Political Power

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince will take money from investors in the national oil company—but he’ll be giving up far more than he thinks.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a session of the Shura Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia November 20, 2019.

November 11, 2019

Treaties and Agreements
A Tale of Two Paris Agreements

The U.S. abdications of the Covenant of the League of Nations and the Paris climate accords may be remembered as bookends to the American century.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump arrives to announce his decision that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House.

October 28, 2019

Election 2020
How Do Warren's and Sanders’s Progressive Foreign Policy Visions Stack Up?

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are both progressives, but their foreign policy visions diverge in important ways.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren participate in the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate.

October 14, 2019

Syria
The United States Is Done Caring About Syria

A major new report about the Syrian war raises the question of whether Washington ever cared about it in the first place.

A child inspects a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar el-Asaad at Arbin town in Damascus countryside, Syria July 21, 2015.

September 12, 2019

Iran
Israel Is Doing All the Dirty Work Against Iran

The United States came up with “maximum pressure”—but the Israeli government is the only one carrying it out.

Israeli soldiers charge a mortar shell