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Security Brief: Trump Wants to Keep an Eye on Iran From Iraq; Bolton’s Arms Treaty Kill List

Trump’s plan for a continuing U.S. troop presence draws Iraqi backlash.
Why Did the State Department Just Spend $84,375 on a Sculpture by Bob Dylan?

Why Did the State Department Just Spend $84,375 on a Sculpture by Bob Dylan?

The purchase represents the cultural aspects of U.S. diplomacy for some and lavish and wasteful spending for others.

From Rogue to Regular

What will it take for Washington to accept Iran as a “normal” state?

Don’t Fear the Deep State. It’s the Shallow State That Will Destroy Us.

Populists like to blame elites, but from Israel to Britain to the United States their crusade against hardworking civil servants is undermining the foundations of democracy.

China Couldn’t Dominate Asia if It Wanted to

There are plenty of reasons Asia has been multipolar for almost all of recorded history, and Beijing understands them all.

Shame on the Arabs

Many Arab rulers have revealed their moral bankruptcy by rekindling ties with Syria and embracing a war criminal.
Our Best Weekend Reads

Our Best Weekend Reads

Inside the U.S. decision to get behind Congo’s election and how the United States failed Afghan women.

Shhh! Belarus Wants You to Think It’s Turning Over a New Leaf

Minsk’s muddled media clampdown could jeopardize warming of relations with the West.

Trump Once Wanted to Negotiate With Russia Over Nukes. Then Mueller Happened.

The U.S. president might be too hemmed in by the Russia probe to attempt a successor to the INF or START treaties.

You Can Hack This Headline for $200

Cybercriminals claim to be selling the ability to manipulate media outlets’ articles.
How Washington Got on Board With Congo’s Rigged Election

How Washington Got on Board With Congo’s Rigged Election

The State Department endorsed Felix Tshisekedi’s unlikely presidency, taking some U.S. officials by surprise.

Venezuela Unraveled

On the Podcast: A human rights activist describes life under Maduro.

The INF Treaty Is Dead. Is New START Next?

Experts worry about a new arms race after U.S. withdrawal from nuclear pact.
Sisterhood Is Powerful

Sisterhood Is Powerful

The Swedish Navy brass responded well to #MeToo. But real change came from the ranks.

What Putin Really Wants in Syria

Russia never sought to be a small-time fixer in the Middle East. Its goal was to reclaim its status as a global power broker.

Terrorism Threatens a Former Oasis of Stability in West Africa

Burkina Faso managed to avoid the violence that plagued its neighbors, but a combination of poverty, unstable neighbors, and weak security forces has opened the door for extremists.

Who Benefits From the U.S. Crackdown on Huawei?

Rival companies could get a boost—or face a backlash from China.
America Never Gave Afghan Women a Chance

America Never Gave Afghan Women a Chance

Washington failed at the most promising path toward stability in Afghanistan: keeping the country’s women alive.

American Markets Can Beat Chinese Money in Africa

For Prosper Africa to work, it needs to unleash the power of U.S. investors.

EU Offers Up a Meager Workaround to U.S. Iran Sanctions

The new vehicle will do little to ease Iran’s economic pain, though it should help humanitarian trade.