The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan—and Watched It Crumble
July 20, 2014

The death of a peace plan—and the makings of a new Middle East disaster.

This Offensive Memo from the 1970s Could Be Key to U.S.-Iran Negotiations
July 08, 2014

The Laingen memo will make you cringe—but it's a good bet it's been read by everyone involved in the current nuclear talks. 

Just What Are America's Options in Iraq?
Obama got dealt a bad hand—and is playing it badly.
June 13, 2014

In the aftermath of ISIS’s seizure of major cities in Iraq, the U.S. has been caught without a grand strategy in the Middle East.

John Kerry Doomed the Israeli-Palestinian Talks by Refusing to Consider a Transition Agreement
May 12, 2014

The American team has pushed the Palestinians to sign an agreement they are clearly not ready for.

This Tiny Pacific Island Nation Just Gave Russia a Big Bruise
April 02, 2014

Tuvalu (pop. 10,782) has turned its back on big bad Vladimir Putin.

Sending a Bunch of Fulbright Scholars Overseas Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.'
But there are better reasons not to axe the program
March 28, 2014

Sending Fulbright Scholars Abroad Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.' But There Are Better Reasons Not to Axe the Program

My Soviet Valentine
February 14, 2014

In honor of Valentine's Day 1958, pseudonymous author Sagittarius took a light-hearted look at ongoing diplomatic talks between the United States and Soviet Union on the subject of nuclear weapons tests.

Undercover at the U.N. Lounge, Where Diplomats Get Drunk and Handsy
January 30, 2014

The Hottest Club in New York is .... Part of the United Nations

America Must Stand Firm on Syria at the Geneva II Conference
January 21, 2014

The conference is a diplomatic Hail Mary pass.

The Secular Syrian Opposition May Be Imploding
Fallout from the U.S.-Russia deal
October 29, 2013

More fallout from the U.S.-Russia deal