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Paellas for the People

On the podcast: How chef José Andrés feeds the needy around the world.

North Korea Needs a Real Deal, Not a Trump Special

The Hanoi summit can be a step forward—if both sides commit.

Slouching Toward Secession in Nigeria

Apathetic voters are planning to boycott this weekend’s election—and may inadvertently boost the country’s most fervent separatists.

With Emergency Declaration, Trump Sticks by His Populist Persona

Trump will continue targeting immigrants, while the Democrats will target the rich. Success in 2020 will depend on the messaging.

Trump May Have $21 Billion in Military Funds Available for the Wall

The president plans to sign a federal spending bill and declare a national emergency to bankroll his long-promised border wall.

Trump’s Foreign Policy Is a Work in Progress

His successes and failures defy simplistic, partisan assessment.

Western Leaders Are Promoting Dictatorship, Not Democracy, in Egypt

Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Cairo and Donald Trump’s cheerleading have bolstered Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as he faces popular protest over his latest power grab.

Haley Tried to Block Appointment of Chinese Diplomat to Key U.N. Post. He Got the Job Anyway.

As the United States pulls back from the world body, experts say it is ceding influence to China.

Paraguay Is a Fiscal Paradise for Terrorists

The South American country needs to do a better job patrolling its financial system—or face the consequences.

Labeling Elections ‘Good Enough’ Lets African Leaders Get Away With Fraud

Setting the bar too low for African democracies, as the international community did in Madagascar, encourages electoral manipulation and bad governance.

Comedians Will Soon Rule the World

It’s no accident that a growing number of international comics are running for office—and winning.

No, the Pentagon Is Not Working on Killer Robots—Yet

A strategy plan for using AI is more focused instead on firefighting and preventative maintenance.

Forget Bitcoin, Try Your Mattress

Cryptocurrency is about as safe as keeping your money in a sock under someone else’s bed.

Iran’s Economy Is Crumbling, but Collapse Is a Long Way Off

Things will only get worse under Trump’s sanctions, but China, India, and other countries are still defiantly buying oil.

Nigeria’s Election Is Shattering Political Taboos

The issue of restructuring the country’s delicate federal system has long been off limits. Both candidates have now put it front and center, ensuring that reforms are on the way.

Mattis Was the Best Secretary of Defense Trump Could Have Had

In grading him, we must adjust for the difficulty of the assignment.

Poland’s Historical Revisionism Is Pushing It Into Moscow’s Arms

The country doesn’t need an openly pro-Russian political party. Its own government’s attempts to rewrite Polish history play directly into Vladimir Putin’s hands.

Transformation in Iran Will Come From Women

On the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, a former political prisoner assesses the prospect of change in Iran.

Thai Politics Has a Princess but No Storybook Endings

With elections coming, the junta still fears the specter of Thaksin Shinawatra.

Jared Kushner and the Art of Humiliation

Trump’s son-in-law has become known as a deal-maker. But with the Palestinians, his approach appears to be take it or leave it.