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.
Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign has not forced Tehran to yield—in fact, it’s done the opposite.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the latest tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
The next question is what Russia’s response will be.
A lawsuit says the agency accused innocent men of drug smuggling, chained them to decks, and sailed with them straight into a hurricane.
The new deployment is a small fraction of the tens of thousands of troops already there. But it’s designed to send a signal to Iran.
John Walker Lindh was the first American to face charges related to the War on Terror. Dozens have followed.
Adam Schiff lays out his worries on the intelligence, but the Trump administration is pushing back.