United States International Relations

Tony Mendez, 78, Dies; C.I.A. Officer Celebrated in the Film ‘Argo’

Mr. Mendez orchestrated one of the most audacious covert operations in the agency’s history: the rescue of six American diplomats from Iran in 1980.

Nonfiction: A Foreign Policy Realist Challenges America’s Zeal for Intervention

Stephen M. Walt’s “The Hell of Good Intentions” takes a critical look at how Washington has handled international affairs over the last several years.

Nonfiction: A Foreign Policy Realist Challenges America’s Zeal for Intervention

Stephen M. Walt’s “The Hell of Good Intentions” takes a critical look at how Washington has handled international affairs over the last several years.

The Shortlist: What Is America’s Role in the World? Three Authors Offer Very Different Views

In new books, Jeffrey Sachs looks beyond exceptionalism, Michael Beckley describes unrivaled power and Robert Kagan favors pragmatic leadership.

Nonfiction: How the United States Achieved World Leadership

Derek Leebaert’s “Grand Improvisation” tells a complicated story of post-World War II Europe with Washington often operating in a fog.

The Book Review Podcast: An Inside View of Putin

Michael McFaul discusses “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia,” and Ottessa Moshfegh talks about her new novel, “My Year of Rest and Relaxation.”