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November 9, 2017

Afghanistan War
Why the Time Is Right to Talk to the Taliban

A peace process with the Taliban is almost certainly the best way to end the war in Afghanistan, and arguments for postponing efforts to get one underway overlook the costs of prolonging the conflict…

Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar Province attend a surrender ceremony in 2016.

November 28, 2017

China
Trump's Looming Hard Line on China

U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s first visit to Beijing was an exhibition of mutual flattery. China rolled out the red carpet for what it termed a 'state visit plus,' replete with unprecedented pomp …

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China.

January 2, 2018

Iran
The Islamic Republic of Iran Is Doomed

But things are likely to get much, much worse before they—eventually—get better.

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January 5, 2018

Iran
The Islamic Republic’s Power Centers

Who calls the shots in Iran on economic policy, security, and responding to domestic calls for reform? A look at the government's organization chart indicates how complicated the answer is.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, is the second-longest-serving head of state in the Middle East.

January 25, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
What the Global Elite Can Learn From Donald Trump

Those attending Davos would be wise to realize that some of Trump’s populist message may be right. Likewise, the president must recognize that “making America great again” requires the U.S. to shape …

Carlos Barria/Reuters

March 4, 2018

U.S. Foreign Policy
Dear Mr. President, Reboot Before It’s Too Late

The Trump administration must address its problems of process and personnel if it is to contend with a world in disarray.

Yuri Gripas/Reuters

March 21, 2018

World Order
Liberal World Order, R.I.P.

The liberal world order is under threat from its principal architect: the United States.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

April 4, 2018

Iran
Why Iran Won't Rush to a Bomb if Trump Pulls Out of the Nuclear Deal

With John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser, the odds have significantly risen that President Trump will abandon his predecessor’s nuclear deal with Iran. But there’s no need for hyst…

Reuters

April 18, 2018

Iran
Five Lessons Trump Can Take From the Iran Deal for the North Korea Summit

With U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un to prepare for a summit meeting went “very smoothly,” demands for a strate…

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, inspects a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile at an undisclosed location on May 14, 2017. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via Getty Images)

April 19, 2018

Syria
Missile Strikes Are Not a Syria Strategy

Syria is likely to remain a broken country for years to come. The latest strikes did not change that reality.

Youssef Karwashan/AFP/Getty Images