After nearly nine years of war, continued or increased U.S. involvement in Afghanistan isn't likely to yield lasting improvements that would be commensurate in any way with the investment of American blood and treasure. It is time to scale down our ambitions there and both reduce and redirect what we do.
Global instability in the 21st century will come not from superpowers but from failed states.
Damascus is signaling that it's ready to negotiate a separate peace with Israel. It won't happen without America's help. The silent treatment has to stop.
The single most important challenge for the new administration—one with the potential to shape the 21st century—is China. As goes China, so go 1.3 billion men, women and children—one out of every five people on the planet.China's economy is now roughly half the size of America's; in three decades, the two are likely to be about equal.
MEMORANDUMTO: The president-electRE: Foreign policyFROM: Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign RelationsThere are only two and a half months—76 days, to be precise— between Election Day and your Inauguration, and you will need every one of them to get ready for the world you will inherit.