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Jonah Blank

After years of broken promises, there is reason to believe that the pronouncements about a better U.S.–Afghan future deserve the benefit of the doubt.

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Mohammad Ali Shabani

In a YouTube address last November, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dropped Tehran’s usual mantra about Iran’s right to enrich and spoke instead of negotiating with dignity. The video went viral in Iran, and the sentiment behind it seems to be paying off in Geneva.

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Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov

Israel and the United States share the same strategic goal: preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The intelligence services of both countries are also largely in agreement on the status of the Iranian program. But they remain deeply divided on what to do about it. Here's how to bring them together.

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Hassan Hassan

Although ISIS defeats in Tikrit and other Sunni areas would seem like good things, the United States should tread carefully. The air campaign against ISIS in Iraq has reached its limits; more strikes won’t help against ISIS and will only further destabilize the sectarian balance in the country. It is time to take the battle further north to Syria.

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Brent E. Sasley

Observers accuse Netanyahu of using his recent speech to the U.S. Congress to drum up support in the upcoming Israeli election. But even there, his talk will probably matter very little.

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Janine Davidson

The president’s second National Security Strategy articulates a belief in a peaceful, rules-based international order; it also reaffirms the fact that none of this can happen without the leadership of the United States.

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Lisa Goldman

Commentators are arguing about whether Netanyahu is damaging Israel’s security by alienating Obama. It seems unlikely that the White House will cut back on military aid or stop vetoing anti-Israel legislation at the UN.

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We poll experts on whether they think the United States should arm Ukraine.

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Stephen Hadley and Paul Haenle

U.S. leaders should not dismiss Chinese President Xi Jinping’s proposal to build a “new type of major-country relations” out of hand if Xi is willing to remove the proposition's references to core interests.

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Bates Gill and Tom Switzer

Australia now figures more prominently in U.S. foreign policy than at any time since 1942–45, when Australian combat troops served under General Douglas MacArthur and scores of U.S. air and naval bases and army camps were stationed Down Under.

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