The Skeptics

Coming Soon to Syria: Peace?

Is Syria finally on the brink of a nationwide peace agreement?

Judging from the optimistic comments from the United Nations, the Russians, the Iranians, and the Turks, it certainly sounds like a real cessation of hostilities—one that holds longer than a couple of days—is in the offing. Moscow, Tehran, and Ankara are packaging their de-escalation agreement reached in Astana as the very beginnings of an historic breakthrough, one that could terminate the most savage war that the Middle East has seen this century.  

Mexico’s Drug Violence Spikes Again

The horrific drug violence that plagued Mexico during Felipe Calderon’s presidency (2006–12) receded just modestly following the election of his successor, Enrique Peña Nieto. Moreover, that trend lasted less than three years. Already in 2015, there were signs of a resurgence of the carnage.

President Trump and the Art of Uncertainty

President Donald Trump is turning unpredictability into an art form. One week he is threatening to attack North Korea and warning of the possibility of a “major, major conflict.” The next week the president says he’d be “honored” to meet the guy he was prepared to kill.

Essay Contest: How Can America Benefit from a More Restrained Foreign Policy?

The National Interest (TNI) and the John Quincy Adams Society (JQA) are excited to announce a new collegiate essay contest on U.S. foreign policy. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who will be attending institutions in the United States in the Fall 2017 semester are welcome to participate.

The winning essays will run on TNI’s website and be promoted on social media by both TNI and JQA.

Prizes are as follows:

What Has Trump Learned in 100 Days?

What can we say about Donald Trump’s presidency after one hundred days? It has been interesting, but perhaps not as interesting as many people feared. At least not yet.

Sweeping changes in domestic policy, including especially his planned crackdown on immigrants and refugees, have been stymied in the courts, and by the same budget realities that Barack Obama confronted. Similarly, on foreign policy, the Trump administration has largely continued, or expanded on, the Obama record. The changes implemented have been matters of degree, not kind.