“If nobody respected the Taliban leadership anymore,” said one analyst, “then you have no one to talk to.”
The largest DNA-identification project ever conducted provides unprecedented proof of the slaughter at Srebrenica. But 20 years later, too many people claim it never happened.
Twenty years after the world body failed to stop two genocides, it’s still struggling with how to enforce its most basic mandate: protecting people.
Absent coordination with Europe, the president’s reforms may only help the families of hostages, not the captives themselves.
The American hostage died in a "signature" drone strike. Those strikes should end.
The U.S. has never convinced the Pakistanis to confront militants. Could that change after the Taliban's school attack?
How Syria overwhelmed an overcentralized White House
America doesn't negotiate with terrorists. Should it?
The Russian leader is reaching out to his foes with one hand, and striking them with the other.
How America empowered Nouri al-Maliki—and then failed to keep that power in check.
A former Taliban captive explains why we're demonizing the wrong people
The president wants to fight militants with partnerships rather than U.S. troops.
Will the secretary of state's "strategic patience" with Israeli and Palestinian leaders pay off?
A rupture between Russia and the West, 14 years in the making
The country's election was full of surprises. Will the euphoria last?
On this question, a former ambassador says, "we are kind of confused as a country."
As Russia confronts Ukraine, the definition of modern military intervention hangs in the balance.
Russia's wily president has outmaneuvered Western leaders for years. Is Barack Obama next?
The answer matters for world leaders faced with conflicts in countries like Syria and Ukraine.
The jihadist-influenced militancy nurtured by the civil war appears to be spreading—just as diplomacy in Geneva falters.