The United States is overdue and unprepared for a serious national security crisis.
Since its 2014 illegal annexation of Crimea and its de facto invasion of eastern Ukraine, Russia has faced a host of sanctions from both the European Union and the U.S.
The last rebel-held province in Syria, Idlib, is now the scene of rebel infighting that is of far greater significance than the usual disunion among Syria’s fractured coalition of rebel groups.
At the two-year anniversary of the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the landmark multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran, Tehran’s regional influence is more extensive than at virtually any time since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Yemen is becoming increasingly reliant on life support from the international community as it suffers from a trifecta of humanitarian crises: an outbreak of cholera, and unfolding famine, and a raging civil war that is fueled and funded by competing regional powers.