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Everyday Anger Brought Down Malaysia’s Government

Everyday Anger Brought Down Malaysia’s Government

Corruption and incompetence pushed Malaysians to end decades of one-party rule.
Malaysia’s Elites Ride The People’s Tsunami

Malaysia’s Elites Ride The People’s Tsunami

Amid a democratic triumph, the new boss is still literally the old boss.
Trump Broke Iran Policy. Let Him Fix It.

Trump Broke Iran Policy. Let Him Fix It.

The U.S. president has blown up the Obama-era approach to Iran he has been mocking for years. Now it’s on him to clean up the mess.
Will the End of the Iran Deal Mark the Beginning of an Iran Strategy?

Will the End of the Iran Deal Mark the Beginning of an Iran Strategy?

The time is ripe for a U.S. approach based on pushing Iranian domestic politics into crisis.
As Iraq Goes to the Polls, the U.S. and Iran Hang Back

As Iraq Goes to the Polls, the U.S. and Iran Hang Back

For the first time since the military defeat of the Islamic State, Iraqis are voting for a new parliament. And Tehran and Washington aren’t getting in the way.
The Israelis Who Prevented a War With Iran

The Israelis Who Prevented a War With Iran

Netanyahu came close to ordering airstrikes in 2010 — but was thwarted by his own security chiefs.
Trump Is Following, Not Leading

Trump Is Following, Not Leading

The United States has outsourced its foreign policy to regional allies. In South Korea, it might lead to peace — in Israel, it’s more likely leading to war.
An Arms Deal Won’t Heal What Ails Muhammadu Buhari

An Arms Deal Won’t Heal What Ails Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s president is trying to prove he can get from Washington what his predecessor couldn’t, but it might not be enough to get him re-elected.
Families of Americans Held in Iran Urge Trump: Keep Your Promise

Families of Americans Held in Iran Urge Trump: Keep Your Promise

U.S. exit from nuclear deal could jeopardize prospects for imprisoned Americans.
Trump’s Iran Policy Is Blowing Up His Energy Agenda

Trump’s Iran Policy Is Blowing Up His Energy Agenda

The U.S. president wanted to be energy independent, but he’s forcing his country to get more deeply involved in the global oil market.
The ‘Silver Lining’ to Trump Pulling Out of the Iran Deal

The ‘Silver Lining’ to Trump Pulling Out of the Iran Deal

The White House has the legal authority to compel countries to reinstate U.N. sanctions on Iran. So why has it chosen not to exercise it?
China Has Already Won the Drone Wars

China Has Already Won the Drone Wars

Chinese companies are proving that America is not first in the UAV export market. Can Trump roll that back?
What Iran Really Wants in Syria

What Iran Really Wants in Syria

Misperceptions of Tehran’s true intentions could lead to disaster.
China Enlists U.N. to Promote Its Belt and Road Project

China Enlists U.N. to Promote Its Belt and Road Project

Top United Nations officials are helping sell Xi Jinping’s signature foreign-policy initiative.
The Stars of North Korea Talks Revolve Around Moon

The Stars of North Korea Talks Revolve Around Moon

For all Trump’s talk of fire and fury, the North Koreans wouldn’t have come to the negotiating table without South Korea’s pragmatic president.
The Making of a Kurdish Mandela

The Making of a Kurdish Mandela

By keeping a key challenger in jail, Turkey’s government risks making Selahattin Demirtas an even more popular and formidable opponent.
Trump’s Terrifying Treaty of Versailles Precedent

Trump’s Terrifying Treaty of Versailles Precedent

The last time America withdrew from its own international security agreement, it led to the most devastating war in history.
Welcome to Iraq’s First Post-Sectarian Election

Welcome to Iraq’s First Post-Sectarian Election

Iraqi politicians are finally crossing ethnic and religious lines. But how long can the good vibes last?
Torture, Morality at Heart of Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick to Head CIA

Torture, Morality at Heart of Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick to Head CIA

Gina Haspel dodges questions but appears headed toward narrow confirmation.