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The Corrupt Shall Inherit Ukraine

In a country where even the anti-corruption prosecutors abuse their power, it's hard to say who the good guys are.
White and Male: Trump’s Ambassadors Don’t Look Like the Rest of America

White and Male: Trump’s Ambassadors Don’t Look Like the Rest of America

The diversity problem predates this administration, but some State Department officials fear it’s getting worse.

U.S. Air Force Seeks Largest Expansion Since Cold War

The increase reflects a shift in focus away from counterterrorism and toward possible conflict with China or Russia.

Security Brief: Russia Wraps Vostok Exercise; Taliban Experiments With Governance

Catch up on everything you need to know about Russian military exercises, a Taliban experiment in governance, and a South Korean diplomatic offensive.

Talking to the Taliban

American journalist Ashley Jackson wanted to learn more about Taliban leaders. So she donned a burqa and knocked on their doors.

Turkey and the United States Should Work Together to Avert Disaster in Idlib

Despite their differences, Trump and Erodgan share an interest in avoiding a new humanitarian catastrophe in Syria.

Forget Hearts and Minds

Soft power is out; sharp power is in. Here's how to win the new influence wars.

The End of Viktor Orban’s Peacock Dance

As the European Union takes long overdue measures to punish the Hungarian regime, the prime minister appears to be moving from rhetorical to real repression.

How the Tariff War Could Turn Into the Next Lehman

A decade on, we still don’t get the deeper interconnections in the global economic system—or how it could blow up again.

Beijing Is Foisting a White Elephant on Hong Kong

The massive Greater Bay Area project is about China's needs, not Hong Kongers.

China Is Buying African Media’s Silence

I wrote about Chinese oppression in a South African paper. Hours later, they cancelled my column.

Trump Officials Can’t Rescue Their Reputations With Op-Eds

They argue their actions are saving the republic, but they are really trying to save themselves.

Oil Production Is at Record Levels. So Why Are Oil Prices Heading Higher?

The short answer: Looming shortfalls from Venezuela and Iran.

For Palestinians, America Was Never an Honest Broker

The Trump administration’s policies don’t represent a radical shift. The White House has simply abandoned the facade of neutrality and rubber-stamped the Israeli government’s agenda.

For Macedonia, Is Joining NATO and the EU Worth the Trouble?

A referendum could decide whether the country will change its name to gain entrance. But those prizes have lost their shine.

The Middle East Doesn’t Take China Seriously

There are some parts of the world where economic strength isn’t enough to qualify as a great power.

48 Ways to Get Sent to a Chinese Concentration Camp

Something terrible is happening in Xinjiang.

Corruption Is Wasting Chinese Money in Africa

Beijing’s funding could do tremendous good—if Africans fight for their own real interests.

The Oslo Accords Are Dead, but There Is Still a Path to Peace

On the 25th anniversary of the landmark Israeli-Palestinian deal, activists and diplomats should focus on recreating the conditions that made it possible.

John Bolton’s Obsession With the International Criminal Court Is Outdated

If Trump’s advisors are all off giving irrelevant speeches on old preoccupations, who is minding the president?