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June 28, 2018

Why Trump’s personalized approach to diplomacy is bad for America

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Foreign diplomacy should be shaped by national interests, not by personal chemistry.

May 30, 2018

Why Trump’s plans for regime change in Iran will have the opposite effect

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A new round of sanctions will merely drive the people into the arms of the mullahs.

May 11, 2018

Putin needed an American enemy. He picked me.

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A widespread state disinformation campaign said I wanted to overthrow Russia's government

May 1, 2018

Ukraine’s democracy is approaching ‘make or break’ — and the West is missing in action

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Putin is at war with democracy there.

March 13, 2018

The North Korea talks haven’t even started yet, and Trump is already in trouble

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Trump urgently needs to up his game if he wants to avoid a disaster.

February 27, 2018

Remembering a Russian champion of freedom

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Today, Washington renames a square in honor of Boris Nemtsov.

February 5, 2018

The right way to manage nuclear competition with Russia

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Jon Wolfsthal is Director of the Nuclear Crisis Group and a former Senior Director at the National Security Council. Michael McFaul is director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Hoover fellow at Stanford University, and a contributing columnist to The Post. He was previously special assistant to President Barack Obama at […]

January 19, 2018

Why ignoring Trump’s words is a luxury that diplomats can’t afford

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When it comes to foreign policy, rhetoric — however empty — still matters.

December 7, 2017

Putin is to blame for the tragedy of Russia’s Olympics ban

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Russian athletes, and fans around the world of the Winter Games, deserve better.

November 17, 2017

China has arrived. That doesn’t mean it should dismiss the United States.

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Why Xi Jinping shouldn't underestimate the United States.