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Can Nicaragua’s Military Prevent a Civil War?

Can Nicaragua’s Military Prevent a Civil War?

President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on protests has driven the country to the brink. If the violence escalates, it could spark a refugee crisis and destabilize all of Central America.
Mexico’s Populist New President Unlikely to Derail Energy Reform

Mexico’s Populist New President Unlikely to Derail Energy Reform

López Obrador won’t reverse the country’s historic oil opening — but he won’t expand it, either.
Tightening Chest and Tingling Fingers: Why Are the Military’s Fighter Pilots Getting Sick?

Tightening Chest and Tingling Fingers: Why Are the Military’s Fighter Pilots Getting Sick?

The Navy is investigating the latest in an alarming string of incidents that left pilots disoriented and shaken.
The New Frontlines Are in the Slums

The New Frontlines Are in the Slums

The Middle East's wars are turning cities into Stalingrads.
Japan’s China Deals Are Pure Pragmatism

Japan’s China Deals Are Pure Pragmatism

Even Donald Trump can't push Tokyo into Beijing's arms.
Sanctions Against Sudan Didn’t Harm an Oppressive Government — They Helped It

Sanctions Against Sudan Didn’t Harm an Oppressive Government — They Helped It

The end of economic isolation hasn’t brought a financial windfall or more freedom. Instead, the regime is as strong as ever while ordinary people suffer.
The EU and NATO and Trump — Oh My!

The EU and NATO and Trump — Oh My!

Donald Trump’s trans-Atlantic policy is a contradiction in terms.

Russia’s Goals Won’t End With the World Cup

An emboldened Putin is ready to seize the opportunities Trump has given him.
Security Brief: North Korea Exploits Diplomatic Opening; Trump Administration Divided

Security Brief: North Korea Exploits Diplomatic Opening; Trump Administration Divided

North Korea appears to be stepping up clandestine fuel and missile production.
Spain Rescued a Ship. It Won’t Rescue Europe.

Spain Rescued a Ship. It Won’t Rescue Europe.

The new Spanish prime minister has refused to follow Italy in a race to the bottom, but that doesn’t mean that Madrid will lead the EU to adopt more humane migration policies.
Get Ready for a More Aggressive Turkey

Get Ready for a More Aggressive Turkey

Erdogan’s new partner in parliament — the ultranationalist MHP — will make Ankara a more belligerent and intransigent ally.
China’s Censors Love The Laugh Track

China’s Censors Love The Laugh Track

Chinese comedians are learning the art of the American sitcom.
In Russia, Plan to Raise Pension Age Draws Protests

In Russia, Plan to Raise Pension Age Draws Protests

The government announced the change at start of the World Cup, when it was least likely to be noticed.
U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Resigns in Disgust After Trump Anti-Europe Rants

U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Resigns in Disgust After Trump Anti-Europe Rants

James Melville is the latest in a string of career diplomat resignations over Trump’s comments and policies.
Pentagon’s AI Surge On Track, Despite Google Protest

Pentagon’s AI Surge On Track, Despite Google Protest

In the long term, large government contracts and cutting-edge projects will be hard for tech companies to resist.
They Took the Children for a Bath and Never Brought Them Back

They Took the Children for a Bath and Never Brought Them Back

On our podcast: An immigration lawyer tells harrowing stories of asylum-seekers at the southern U.S. border.
Three Months After U.S. Freeze, Syrian Recovery Stuck in Limbo

Three Months After U.S. Freeze, Syrian Recovery Stuck in Limbo

Short on funding, U.S. and European programs designed to help rebuild after the Islamic State are faltering.
An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Can Work

An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Can Work

The two-state solution is dead. Most one-state solutions are unacceptable to the other side. There is, however, a viable peace plan that appeals to both.
The U.S. Can’t Afford to Demonize China

The U.S. Can’t Afford to Demonize China

The relationship between Beijing and Washington is collapsing fast, to everyone’s detriment.
Eastern Europe’s Populists Don’t Care About Italy

Eastern Europe’s Populists Don’t Care About Italy

Matteo Salvini wants to be buddies with anti-immigrant leaders in Hungary, Poland, and Austria. But sometimes geography trumps ideology.