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Khashoggi’s Death Is Highlighting the Ottoman-Saudi Islamic Rift

The journalist’s suspected murder, and its aftermath, was the latest battle of a 300-year war over Sunni Islam.

Erdogan May Have Freed Pastor Brunson, But Turkey’s Economy Is Still Trapped

Even if Trump lifts sanctions now, the lira won’t recover for a long time.

The World Will Soon Start Talking Like Trump

Three lessons about communicating that politicians in the United States, and abroad, are learning from the current U.S. president.

Will the Saudis’ Khashoggi Confession Get Them Off the Hook?

By claiming they were only trying to abduct the journalist, they’re hoping to draw a moral equivalence with U.S. renditions.

Mexico and Brazil’s Crude Politics

A potential return to resource nationalism could set both countries back.

Pentagon Criticized for ‘Spray and Pray’ Approach to Innovation

A prominent tech leader says the Defense Department’s investment strategy hampers its ability to compete with China on military innovation.

India’s #MeToo Moment Came Late, but It Will Be Transformative

The rage that animated protests against sexual violence in 2012 has returned, and Indian women are fearlessly speaking out against powerful perpetrators.

Islamic State Fighters Are Back, and This Time They’re Taking Up Arms With Shiite Militias

A strange alliance between Sunnis and Shiites is sure to leave Iraq worse off.

The Democratic Unionist Party Isn’t Bluffing on Brexit. It’s Being ‘Thran.’

The small Northern Irish party that props up the British government has a history of belligerence and brinkmanship. But ultimately it will blink.

Saudi Oil Threat in Khashoggi Disappearance Seen as a Bluff

Trump lowers the rhetoric, sends Pompeo to Riyadh.

Who Will Replace Mattis?

Trump signals in an interview that his defense secretary might be out.

This Is America’s Middle East Strategy on Steroids

Donald Trump isn’t just maintaining an alliance with Saudi Arabia—he’s choosing it over the rest of the world.

Security Brief: Beginning of the End for Mattis; Khashoggi Strains U.S.-Saudi Alliance; Brunson Comes Home

Everything you need to know about Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ interview, Ankara’s sudden decision to release American pastor Andrew Brunson, Hurricane Michael’s trail of destruction at a major Florida air
China’s Great Leap Backward

China’s Great Leap Backward

For decades, the country managed to avoid most problems suffered by dictatorships. Now Xi Jinping’s personal power play risks undermining everything that made China exceptional.

Indonesia’s Indigenous Languages Hold the Secrets of Surviving Disaster

Introducing hard-learned local wisdom into warning efforts could save thousands of lives.

Armenia’s Post-Revolution Party Is Over

The country’s new government wants to root out corruption—but the ancien régime isn't giving up without a fight.

Labour Can’t Escape Britain’s Omnishambles

Deep internal divisions and a looming Brexit will mire Corbyn as much as May.

Erdogan Frees U.S. Pastor While Still Managing to Embarrass Trump

Turkey’s leaks in the Khashoggi case have put the U.S. president in a tight spot.

Mapped: The Absent Ambassadors

Khashoggi ordeal spotlights staffing gap at embassies around the world.

In Negotiations With Iran, ‘There’s Always One More Thing’

On the podcast: Wendy Sherman recounts the grueling path to the Iran nuclear deal.