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U.S. Foreign Policy

The Passing of a Quiet American

The Passing of a Quiet American

George Shultz embodied a time before constant noise drowned out everyone’s voice.

Suzanne Garment
Idealpolitik Requires Realpolitik

Idealpolitik Requires Realpolitik

Suddenly Home Alone, the United States should be a “force for good,” but not neglect power in a nasty world. China, Russia, and Iran don’t.

Josef Joffe
Remembering Tet

Remembering Tet

A reporter who was in Saigon recalls the day on January 30, 1968, when the South Vietnamese capital came under attack.

Dan Southerland
Dressing for Dinner

Dressing for Dinner

We can’t reclaim our place at the head of the table if we’re dragging our grandfathers’ State Department behind us. The first in a series of three articles from the author’s forthcoming book.

Michael McFaul
The Peace Illusion

The Peace Illusion

There’s a good reason the century-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict has not been solved: it can’t be.

Michael Mandelbaum
Southeast Asia’s Balancing Act
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Southeast Asia’s Balancing Act

China’s dominance over the region is by no means inevitable, but Washington has yet to figure out how to play the game.

Charles Dunst
Picking Up The Pieces

Picking Up The Pieces

Should he win the presidency, Joe Biden will need to pursue a "two-speed" strategy to restore American prestige abroad.

Stephen R. Grand
Re-Evaluating Jimmy Carter
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Re-Evaluating Jimmy Carter

In light of Trump, it's time to rethink what a failed presidency really looks like.

Gabriel Schoenfeld