U.S. Foreign Policy
By limiting U.S. goals in Iraq and Syria, the president makes less likely the exit he so desperately wants.
The United States has been raining bombs on Iraq -- and Syria might be next. But data show it's going to take more than planes to knock the Islamic State off its perch.
Americans think the president lacks "toughness." But does showing strength really matter?
Ukraine isn’t the only place where the White House is letting a belligerent Russia off the hook.
Russia's aggression in Ukraine is making it easier for the bloated, aging alliance to pretend that it still matters.
The Nigerian-American novelist discusses the pitfalls of hashtag activism, the destructiveness of U.S. foreign policy, and that time he dreamed about meeting Obama at a Brooklyn house party.
A few lines, buried deep in the 2015 appropriations bill, could be a nightmare for American detainees and the State Department.
Will anyone ever outfox Putin? Why are we still using old solutions to solve the same old Middle East Problems? And where exactly are we going in Afghanistan?
Nation-building is the only thing that can fix Libya and Syria. So why has President Obama basically ruled it out?
It looks like the Obama administration has found its grand strategy after all.
5 reasons why an expanded mission to strike James Foley's killers in Syria won't work. And why it's going to happen anyway.
The self-declared republic's economy is based on remittances from abroad -- which are good business, too. So why is the money-transfer industry under threat?
A year ago, a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of my neighbors and friends. But the greatest tragedy is Obama's refusal to punish the murderer in Damascus.
How did a small community of Yazidis from Lincoln, Nebraska, convince the White House to go to war in Iraq?
A few thoughts on saving the Munchkins, defeating tyranny, and the politics of America's favorite fairytale.
Security teams for two African leaders cracked skulls -- literally -- at the White House's big leadership summit. That should never be allowed to happen again.
With her knock against Obama, Hillary Clinton was criticizing more than one former president's foreign policy.
In order to get Iraq right in 2014, politicians have to admit that they got Iraq wrong in 2003.
America's rescue mission in Iraq is going to be messier, longer, and more expensive than the White House wants to admit.
Stopping the Islamic State's murderous advance is one thing. But resolving the political crisis between Shiite Baghdad and the Sunni power brokers up north might be impossible.
Don't be fooled by the Iraq airstrikes. He's the risk-averse president he's always been -- and that should be just fine by us.
President Obama's limited engagement in Iraq is an insult to the people of Syria -- and does nothing to help prevent further violence.
Every time the U.S. touches the Middle East, it makes things worse. It's time to walk away and not look back.
Georgia's ex-president stands accused of abusing his power. His friends in the West should let the law run its course.
The White House is running around from crisis to crisis without a game plan, much less a strategy. But leading from behind can actually work if you do it right.
How the United States should refocus and retool its soft-power economic diplomacy.
The United States wants to help rid Africa of corruption, coups, and terrorism. And it's going about it all wrong.
Burma's democratic transition is running off the rails. Obama and Kerry can help to bring it back on track.