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Cuban and American flags

Irrational US policy is keeping hundreds of thousands of Cubans from spending the holidays with their families.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Why it’s hard to make sense of US foreign policy.

Obama nobel prize

With a historic deal in Iran, the Obama administration is one step closer to fulfilling its peacekeeping promise.

(Reuters/Fars News/Sina Shiri)

It’s looking increasingly likely—but there’s reason to fear the White House will overplay its hand.

A group of Bengalis in the countryside

The humanitarian impulse has not vanished from US foreign policy. It has simply split into two camps.

US Border Patrol

For the US, “homeland security” is hardly limited to the homeland.

Malalai Joya

US forces used the plight of Afghan women to justify war—but twelve years later, women are still suffering.

For nearly four decades, Sahrawis have struggled for independence from Morocco. There are growing fears of a return to arms.

John Kerry (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The United States’ top diplomat is a figure of his times (and that’s not a good thing.)

A poster of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong. (Reuters/Bobby Yip)

How can the president and Senator Feinstein claim ignorance on the NSA’s surveillance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

Blogs

The covert program surfaced in a piece about John Kerry’s announcement of increased aid to the fighters.

March 1, 2013

By softening its rhetoric, the Western side has encouraged the Iranians to come to terms.

February 27, 2013

Thousands turned out for the funeral of a teenager killed by the police last week, further fueling unrest.

February 21, 2013

An interview with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

February 20, 2013

Providing services to fight poverty overseas is a much better bang for our buck than stationing soldiers there.

February 20, 2013

In a belated birthday wish, a reminder of how morally obtuse Ronald Reagan could be.

February 19, 2013

Will the president put his money where his mouth is and tackle poverty and disease?

February 18, 2013

The leading critics of Obama’s defense secretary nomination were also leading proponents of the Iraq War, which Hagel opposed.

February 18, 2013

Liberals concerned with Israel often miss the inconvenient fact of the radical Palestinian organization's human rights abuses in the Gaza Strip. Reed Richardson also writes about the outsized State of the Union response allowed to the Tea Party. 

February 14, 2013

Is Washington negotiating in “good faith” given its sanctions, espionage and two wars in the region?

February 14, 2013