Agents of Influence: Obama and his advisers, now seeking to shape his legacy, say they are proud they ditched the ‘Washington playbook’ and decided to stay out of the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East. Only they didn’t. They intervened on behalf of Iran.
Our troops in Syria are hostages to Obama’s deal with Iran, which mandates a state of perpetual war between America and the region’s Sunni majority. Donald Trump wants to withdraw from both.
A letter from a survivor of Assad’s chemical attacks about his encounter with Obama’s chief diplomat at the United Nations
Trump’s envoy tries to make a distinction between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s government where there is none
News of the News: Why the timeline of the scandalous report that fuels Russiagate matters
Why the United States’ inexplicable abandonment of the Kurdish people is ‘the geopolitical equivalent of a stock-market crash’
‘We should not have abandoned Kurdistan, the only real pole of stability in the region’
‘Afghanistan is the swamp and Trump now owns it’
Successive two-term administrations made a mess of the Middle East. Who will clean up?
Putin Uses a Wave of Cyber-Attacks and a Political Assassination in Ukraine to Send a Message to the West
Military intelligence officer killed by car bomb in Kiev
Getting Trump elected was not Putin’s goal. The Kremlin just wanted to sow discord and delegitimize the United States’ democratic institutions. Mission accomplished?
How the president’s photo-op diplomacy plays in Riyadh, Tehran, Beirut, Jerusalem, and back home in Trumpland
And Donald Trump knows ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Who will blink first?
How Gladwellian Internet ‘hot takes’ fueled the new echo-chamber press that enabled Obama’s foreign policy—and still rules Washington