The Taliban swap for Sgt. Bergdahl is just the latest in a long line of occasions when America willingly dealt with bad guys. And like it or not, this is how wars end.
This question might seem odd, but it's at the heart of what world leaders need to grapple with at the G7 summit this week.
On the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, China is writing a new legacy of repression.
The peace process has failed again, and it's time for Israel's neighbors to shoulder the burden of dealing with the Palestinians.
Syria's presidential election might be a farce -- but that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous.
Autocrats have increasing reason to fear the power of people in the streets. Here's why the leaders of democracies should take note.
The White House is promising to give allies around the world $5 billion to fight terrorists. But America’s been doing that for years -- and no one seems to know what this new program is.
The president's proposed counterterrorism plan might appear underwhelming, but doing more -- or doing less -- is not an option.
Warsaw's liberal diplomat is not the man to take on Russia. And Poland isn't going to save Europe.
The world may look like it's roiling now, but the 1980s were far worse.
The Turkish indictment of Israeli officials for the Mavi Marmara raid looks like a cynical ploy by Recep Tayyip Erdogan to shore up his popularity.
Why is President Obama afraid to talk about the real levers of American exceptionalism?
The forgotten history of the Battle of Khaibar offers some alluring hints.
Rising global violence threatens more than humanity's collective conscience. In 2014, America should seize two critical opportunities to address it.
The dirty secret about Obama’s Afghan plan is that tens of thousands of American civilians will be on the ground long after the troops have left.
Kenya's counterterrorism approach following the Westgate Mall attack is crude -- and may actually be spawning more violence.
Here are seven pressure points that could revive it.
A nasty -- and surprising -- election fight is playing out in Colombia. And the recent years of peace and prosperity hang in the balance.
Ukraine faces a rising tide of violence in the restive east. Here's why nonviolent activism is the best strategy for fighting back.
The president's biggest foreign-policy speech in a year will be showy and ambitious but can't paper over his administration's lack of focus.
From PTSD to depression, the war in Syria has spawned a massive mental health crisis -- and there are neither the doctors nor the money to stem its crushing effects.
It’s time to relearn the good tools of the Cold War.
The election of the European Commission’s president may not be exciting -- but it’s far more important than cranky, skeptical pundits are willing to admit.
The emerging-market darling is coming apart at the seams. And Boko Haram is just the beginning.
A future President Sisi urgently needs to reform Egypt's economy. But he has to make sure it's not just the rich who benefit.
Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is sure to win the upcoming presidential elections. But a new poll shows that he will be taking the helm of a profoundly divided nation.
Why Narendra Modi's new foreign policy won't make Washington happy.