The Atlantic: International

Italy’s Populist Victory Is Both Tragedy and Farce

Italy’s Populist Victory Is Both Tragedy and Farce

PARIS—Will a certain dream of Europe end with a bang or a whimper, with a calamity or a thousand paper cuts, with a grand dramatic moment or a tawdry local melodrama? That’s the question that has been
Former South Korean National-Security Adviser: The U.S. May Have to Withdraw Some Troops

Former South Korean National-Security Adviser: The U.S. May Have to Withdraw Some Troops

SEOUL, South Korea—In a striking challenge to his fellow conservatives ahead of nuclear talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, a top aide to former South Korean President Lee Myung Bak told me
Trump Almost Always Folds

Trump Almost Always Folds

President Trump’s May 8 announcement that he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal should not have come as a surprise. He’d spent years railing against the plan—“the worst deal ever,” he dubbed
The Trump-Kim Summit Will Happen Soon or Later or Never

The Trump-Kim Summit Will Happen Soon or Later or Never

Ahead of Moon Jae In’s meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday, a South Korean official said his president’s trip to Washington would serve as “a bridge” between the United States and North Korea, so
A Changing Way of Life for Mongolia’s Dukha Reindeer Herders

A Changing Way of Life for Mongolia’s Dukha Reindeer Herders

Thomas Peter / Reuters In north central Mongolia, in the taiga along the border with Russia, the Dukha people have lived a nomadic life for generations, roaming with their reindeer herds and hunting
Saudi Arabia Hits the Brakes on Reforms

Saudi Arabia Hits the Brakes on Reforms

For months, Saudi Arabia had been enjoying a public-relations windfall. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MbS, the kingdom’s charismatic future leader, seduced the world with his vision for a new,
How Iran Can Evade Sanctions This Time

How Iran Can Evade Sanctions This Time

On paper, the 16 companies registered to the 15th-floor office-tower suite of a building in Hong Kong appeared indistinguishable from the thousands of humdrum firms operating within the
The Pope's Turnaround on Sex Abuse May Have a ‘Tsunami Effect’

The Pope's Turnaround on Sex Abuse May Have a ‘Tsunami Effect’

The Vatican is working through an extraordinary series of events related to child sex abuse. Last month, Pope Francis apologized for “grave errors” in the way the Catholic Church handled sex-abuse
Pompeo Declares Economic War on Iran

Pompeo Declares Economic War on Iran

The Trump administration’s new strategy on Iran essentially amounts to economic war. In a speech on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed “unprecedented financial pressure in the form of the
Most Maps of the New Ebola Outbreak Are Wrong

Most Maps of the New Ebola Outbreak Are Wrong

On Thursday, the World Health Organization released a map showing parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that are currently being affected by Ebola. The map showed four cases in Wangata, one of
A Black Bishop Brings a Political Message to the Royal Wedding

A Black Bishop Brings a Political Message to the Royal Wedding

Maybe it was the gospel choir singing “Stand by Me.” Perhaps it was the fiery sermon on the power of love. Price Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on Saturday had a distinctively black-church flavor
What the North Koreans Told Me About Their Plans

What the North Koreans Told Me About Their Plans

What exactly do the North Koreans mean when they say they’re willing to denuclearize? And how exactly would they do so? These are the key mysteries at the heart of the upcoming Trump-Kim summit—and
How a Norwegian Retiree Got Caught Up in a Spy Scandal

How a Norwegian Retiree Got Caught Up in a Spy Scandal

OSLO, Norway—Late last year, Russian authorities in Moscow arrested a 62-year-old retired Norwegian border guard and pensioner named Frode Berg and accused him of being a spy. According to Russian
Trump’s Only Iran Strategy Is to Punish Iran

Trump’s Only Iran Strategy Is to Punish Iran

After Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the United States was walking away from the Iran nuclear deal, two State Department officials held a background briefing to explain the strategy. The
Jerusalem’s Ramadan Is Different This Year

Jerusalem’s Ramadan Is Different This Year

JERUSALEM—It’s holiday season here in the Holy Land. Parts of the Old City are decked out for Ramadan in paper lanterns of yellow, red, and green. On the first Friday of the holiday, the often quiet
Photos of the Week: Kyrgyz Horsemen, Shanghai Steeplechase, Giant Bobbleheads

Photos of the Week: Kyrgyz Horsemen, Shanghai Steeplechase, Giant Bobbleheads

Mario Tama / Getty Participants at the Wave and Goth festival in Germany, a baby bear in Turkey, attendees at a “Kiss-a-thon” in Mexico City, the 71st Cannes Film Festival in France, a rocket
In Europe, Standing Up to America Is Now Patriotic

In Europe, Standing Up to America Is Now Patriotic

The United States and Europe have had serious foreign-policy disputes before—notably during the Iraq War, when France and Germany split with the U.S. over the invasion. But since he took office in
Germany's Attempt to Fix Facebook Is Backfiring

Germany's Attempt to Fix Facebook Is Backfiring

The new year was just a day old when Alice Weidel, the 38-year-old co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, and Beatrix von Storch, her deputy, came under investigation for
The North Korea Summit Isn't a Real-Estate Deal

The North Korea Summit Isn't a Real-Estate Deal

It’s often hard for outside analysts to determine what’s driving North Korea’s tactical decisions, but it’s fun to imagine that someone in Pyongyang has been reading The Art of the Deal ahead of a
A Top Adviser to the South Korean President Questions the U.S. Alliance

A Top Adviser to the South Korean President Questions the U.S. Alliance

SEOUL, South Korea—A top adviser to South Korea’s president says he would eventually like to see the U.S.–South Korea alliance end. In language that sounded almost Trump-like, Chung In Moon, a special