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October 17, 2019

Syria
The High Price of Trump’s Great Betrayal

President Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds reinforced already existing doubts in the region and around the world that the United States remains a reliable ally.

Syria withdrawal

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 24, 2019

Saudi Arabia
This Is the Moment That Decides the Future of the Middle East

If the United States is done fighting for Saudi Arabia’s oil, it's done fighting for the entire region.

U.S. President Donald Trump dances with a sword as he arrives to a welcome ceremony at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017.

September 13, 2019

United States
John Bolton’s Successor Will Struggle to Satisfy Donald Trump

Diplomacy could well come to occupy center stage for a president who relishes summitry.

Trump_John Bolton

September 10, 2019

Election 2020
The 2020 Presidential Candidates: In Their Own Words

The Democratic and Republican presidential contenders have begun defining their approach to major foreign policy issues as they jockey for position in their parties’ primaries.

The Presidential Seal

August 21, 2019

Elections and Voting
Kamala Harris

CFR invited the presidential candidates challenging President Trump in the 2020 election to articulate their positions on twelve critical foreign policy issues. Candidates’ answers are posted exactly…

Ethan Miller/Getty Images

August 20, 2019

Trade
The Next Stage of the U.S.-China Trade War Will Be Much Worse

The trade war between the United States and China has entered a new and dangerous phase.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu

August 19, 2019

Global Governance
The G-7 Gathers in Biarritz for a Dysfunctional Family Reunion

This weekend, leaders from the G-7 will convene for their annual summit, this time in Biarritz, France. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is spearheading France’s G-7 presidency this year, bills …

Police officers in Biarritz

August 19, 2019

Iran
Iran Owns the Persian Gulf Now

The Trump administration’s nonresponse to Iranian aggression has sent an unmistakable message.

A U.S. Navy soldier onboard Mark VI Patrol Boat stands guard as an oil tanker makes its way towards Bahrain port, during an exercise of U.S./UK Mine Countermeasures (MCMEX) taking place in Arabian Sea, Bahrain September 11, 2018.

August 14, 2019

Pakistan
Tilting at More than Windmills in South Asia

A turn toward Pakistan and away from India, as well as a race for the exits from Afghanistan, would be unwise.

A member of the NATO military forces stands guard during a change of command ceremony at Resolute Support in Kabul on September 2, 2018.