The U.S. president prides himself on freeing American prisoners held abroad. So why isn’t he pushing harder for the ones in Iran?
Atlantic writers look ahead at India’s moon landing, WeWork’s giant IPO filing, Taylor Swift’s Lover, and more.
Whoever takes over from Coats permanently could serve as a needed voice of clarity about America’s biggest challenges—or see the intelligence community further sidelined.
Christian Picciolini discusses the mainstreaming of white nationalism, what it takes to de-radicalize far-right extremists, and why the problem is metastasizing.
Most Democrats want to end the war in Afghanistan, but the next president will have to weigh the trade-off between a responsibility to the American public and what the U.S. owes a country it invaded and promised to rebuild.
The director of national intelligence won plaudits for plainly laying out the intelligence community’s assessments on issues ranging from Iran to Russia, putting him at odds with the president.
It’s not that the Chinese Communist Party would take over Washington. But in its own region, China has the advantage.
There’s bipartisan agreement that the law governing America’s wars needs an update. There’s also bipartisan agreement that it won’t happen anytime soon.
John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are the public faces of the “maximum pressure” campaign. But the Treasury official Sigal Mandelker is the one actually running its most important component.
The nominee for defense secretary may well be qualified for the job—even a lot of Democrats think so. But in this administration, there’s a limit to anyone’s influence.
The U.S. has long warned about encroaching Chinese influence around the world. And it’s touching America’s closest allies.
In the escalation in the Middle East, some U.S. lawmakers see an opportunity to kill the Obama-era nuclear deal once and for all.
Italy just took back an alleged fighter to face trial. No one else in western Europe is following suit.
The Islamic Republic has followed through on its threat to breach the nuclear accord. What happens next could determine whether the deal can survive.
The candidates’ different answers reflect the Democratic Party’s deeper divisions on foreign policy.
“The United States has not been willing to walk away from the Gulf, so other allies may not step up to do anything because they know that if they don’t, the U.S. will.”
After pulling back from a strike on Iran, the Trump administration opted to impose sanctions on Ali Khamenei. But it’s unclear how effective they’ll really be.
Below the surface, there are faint signs of how both parties can exit the crisis.
The buildup in the Middle East is coming at the request of the forces responsible for the region.
Patrick Shanahan withdrew from consideration to be secretary of defense after reports of a harrowing family situation.