The most difficult countries to visit. Albert Podell describes the places that were hardest to get into during his attempt to visit every country in the world.

The Emirati who took over D.C. Ryan Grim and Akbar Shahid Ahmed profile Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the U.S. and advocate for aggressive policies in the region.

Between Iraq and a hawk base. Robert Draper reviews the state of Republican foreign policy.

Republicans’ misguided China-bashing. Paula Dwyer takes several Republican presidential candidates to task for their demagoguery on China.

Here we go again in Iraq. Simon Jenkins criticizes the renewed impulse to meddle in the Near East’s conflicts.