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December 21, 2018

Syria
Syria’s Changing Power Grid: What Turkey Wants

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria removes the main obstacle to a Turkish campaign to eradicate Syrian Kurdish forces and could lead to a more dangerous phase of Syria’s civil war.

Kurdish soldier

December 20, 2018

Syria
Sudden U.S. Troop Exit From Syria Would Exacerbate Regional Instability

President Trump’s order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria could have major implications for the country, the Middle East, and broader U.S. foreign policy.

Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

April 17, 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

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

April 8, 2019

Turkey
Erdogan Is Weak. And Invincible.

Turkey’s president has rarely been so unpopular. He’s likely to dominate this week’s local elections anyway.

People walk past by AK Party billboards with pictures of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and mayoral candidate Binali Yildirim in Istanbul, Turkey, April 1, 2019.

March 13, 2019

Military Operations
400 American Troops Can’t Do Anything

If the president wants to withdraw from Syria, he might as well just withdraw.

U.S. President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, delivers remarks to U.S. troops in an unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, December 26, 2018.

March 27, 2019

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. Counterterrorism’s Big Blindspot: Women

U.S. policymakers have long overlooked women’s involvement in terrorism, and rarely enlisted their participation in efforts to combat radicalization. A new bill would require U.S. counterterrorism po…

Afghan security forces escort a woman at the site of a car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan January 15, 2019.

February 25, 2019

Iran
All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War

The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.

Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Mark Milley, President Donald Trump, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo salute as a military honor guard carries the casket of Scott Wirtz, a civilian employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency killed along with three members of the U.S. military during a recent attack in Syria, past them during a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, in Dover, Delaware, U.S., January 19, 2019.

February 15, 2019

Taiwan
The Looming Taiwan Crisis

Forty years of finessing Taiwan’s status may be coming to a dangerous end.

President Tsai Ing-wen attends the annual Han Kuang military drill in Penghu, Taiwan May 25, 2017

February 13, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
The Middle East Doesn’t Admire America Anymore

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about U.S. power in the Arab world.

A woman stands next to an inflatable tank with U.S. President Donald Trump outside an art exhibition 'MonuMental' by the pseudonymous artist, Saint Hoax in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 12, 2018