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Ryan Crocker: The Taliban Will ‘Retake the Country’

Former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan likens Trump "framework" deal to U.S. position on Vietnam at Paris peace talks.

The U.S. Sought to Derail Michelle Bachelet’s Bid for Top U.N. Human Rights Job

The Trump administration was troubled by her views on abortion, Israel, and Latin America.

The New Pro-Israel Law That Could Backfire on Israel

A bid to temper Palestinian security funding cuts before they go into effect this week fell short.

The Left Keeps Getting Venezuela Wrong

Anti-imperialists prefer a Russian-backed dictator to a public revolt.

In Trump’s World, Nukes Are Self-Defense

As the Japan-U.S. alliance weakens, could Tokyo drop its nuclear weapons ban?

Security Brief: Afghan Peace Talks Take Step Forward; The 5G Race With China

American and Taliban negotiators agree to a framework for peace deal, and Washington pushes allies to ban Chinese telecom equipment.

How Trump Stole the Democrats’ Best 2020 Foreign-Policy Stances

From trade to troop drawdowns, some Dem presidential contenders may have a hard time contrasting their views with the president’s.

For Venezuelan Refugees, There’s No Safe Haven in Curacao

The former Dutch colony in the Carribean is a member of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. But when it comes to refugees, there’s little help from The Hague.

Investing in Low-Wage Jobs Is the Wrong Way to Reduce Migration

Unless would-be migrants can build lives with dignity—which poorly paid, export-oriented jobs do not provide—they will continue to seek ways to move on.
Stand at Attention and Bite the Bullet

Stand at Attention and Bite the Bullet

The Swedish military had a #MeToo problem. They decided to do something about it.

Guatemala’s ‘Slow-Motion Coup’ Rolls Onward

The continuing crackdown on a corruption investigatory body could allow impunity to flourish ahead of this year’s elections.
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Our Best Weekend Reads

From turmoil in Venezuela to a meeting of minds in Davos.

U.S. Developing Supply Route Along Dangerous Stretch From Djibouti to Somalia

The project is part of a broader military entrenchment in Africa.

Maduro’s Power in Venezuela Seems Stable, for Now

Despite the recognition by a wave of countries of the opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president, Maduro’s patronage of the military insulates him from the need to negotiate.

Alexis Tsipras Is Smarter Than You Think

Greece’s prime minister has transformed from leftist firebrand to international statesman—and gotten more powerful at home in the process.

From Blackwater to Batteries

Erik Prince has moved beyond mercenary armies. His next project is mining minerals in Congo and Afghanistan to help power electric cars. It’s unlikely to help conflict-ridden countries—and could harm
Can Israel’s Iron Wall Contain Hamas?

Can Israel’s Iron Wall Contain Hamas?

Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has tried to keep the Islamist group in check, but the situation in Gaza is as unstable as ever.

Just How Much Is China’s Economy Slowing?

Beijing is preparing another massive stimulus, but the economy is visibly running out of steam.

U.S. Considering Plan to Stay in Remote Syrian Base to Counter Iran

The Trump administration could face legal issues maintaining a small force at al-Tanf.

There’s One Country in Europe Where Putin Is a Rock Star

The Russian president’s visit to Serbia was a lovefest—but beyond the odes to Orthodox brotherhood, the two authoritarian leaders are using one another to advance a geopolitical agenda.