Iraqis celebrate with a picture of the Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, after the general election in Baghdad on May 14, 2018.

I Fought Against Muqtada al-Sadr. Now He’s Iraq’s Best Hope.

The former militia leader who once terrorized U.S. forces has reinvented himself as an Iraqi nationalist and a pragmatist.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar (L) attend the funeral of a soldier killed in a helicopter crash at Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara, on June 1, 2017.

Turkey’s Wag-the-Dog Election

Erdogan is fighting a military battle to win a political one.

Above: Two people look over the balcony on the second floor of the Parliament building in Georgetown on April 26. Top: In a section of Georgetown called Houston, contractors are building out a new oil industry depot, capable of storing needed equipment, fuel, water, cement, fluids, and other materials that contractors working in Guyana’s deep waters need. The base already has a contract to supply ExxonMobil. (Micah Maidenberg for Foreign Policy)

The Country That Wasn’t Ready to Win the Lottery

Guyana just discovered it owns enough oil to solve all its problems — and cause even bigger ones.

Employees build a Boeing 777 airplane cockpit at a plant in Wichita, Kansas, on Aug. 18, 2004. (Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

Why China Will Win the Trade War

Trump thinks he has a strong hand. In fact, Washington is far more vulnerable than Beijing.

Markus Söder of the Bavarian Christian Social Union and the new governor of Bavaria conducts a  brass band at the Bavarian state parliament on March 16, 2018 in Munich, Germany.

How Far Will Bavaria’s CSU Go to Fend Off Germany’s Far-Right?

Angela Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union, is taking an extreme line on refugees and threatening to bring down her coalition.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at the European Council summit in Brussels on March 22. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Alexis Tsipras Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

Greece's prime minister, together with his partner in Macedonia, has created a model for solving identity clashes across the globe.

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro at a press conference in Bogotá on June 14. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Hugo Chávez Is Haunting Colombia’s Election

Some Colombians fear that their country could go the way of Venezuela.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reacts at a signing ceremony with US President Donald Trump  during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Never Call Kim Jong Un Crazy Again

After the Singapore summit, it isn't just wrong to say the North Korean leader is irrational — it's dangerous.

A man watches a television news screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on May 16, 2018. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Is Following the Saddam Hussein Playbook

The big question for the world is whether the United States will now follow its old Iraq playbook, too.

Kim Jong Un impersonator Howard X and Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan pose for photographers during a visit to Merlion Park in Singapore on June 8. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Photo-Op Summit

America isn't going to achieve any of its stated objectives by meeting with North Korea in Singapore. And that's okay.

Podcasts

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Stalin Falsified the Data, Then Killed the Statisticians

How the Soviet Union facilitated the famine of the 1930s that killed millions of Ukrainians, then buried the evidence.

Galleries

Bangladeshis cram onto a train as they travel home to be with their families ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr in Dhaka on June 14. Eid marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Travelers in Bangladesh, nuns in Guatemala, and urban sheep in France.

A man representing the devil jumps over babies during “El salto del Colacho” — “the devil’s jump” — in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, on June 3. Baby-jumping is a traditional Spanish practice dating back to 1620 that takes place annually to celebrate the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi. CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Baby-jumpers in Spain, a vigil in Hong Kong, and astronauts in Kazakstan.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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The Right to Kill

Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?

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Germany’s Family Feud

Family reunification for refugees is no longer a given. But keeping relatives apart hurts host countries as well as newcomers.

Thus Spoke Jordan Peterson

The best-selling psychologist isn't leading young men to salvation — he's delivering them to authoritarianism.

The Arab World’s Star Student

What Tunisia can teach its neighbors about the value of education.