Iraqi forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk during an operation on Oct. 16. (AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi-Kurdish Clash in Kirkuk Opens Door to More Iranian Influence

Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum sparked a showdown with Baghdad, leaving Washington fighting the Islamic State and Tehran taking advantage.

A member of the Iraqi security forces walks past a defaced Kurdish flag on the outskirts of Kirkuk on Oct. 16.

If Trump Wants to Confront Iran, He Should Start in Kirkuk

The president talks a big game about standing up to Iran — but will he do anything about Iranian-backed militias attacking America's staunchest allies?

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gives a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Haider al-Abadi Is Succeeding at the World’s Hardest Job

The Iraqi prime minister has held his country together amid war and financial crisis. His next battle is to win re-election.

Recording artist Taylor Swift, musician Este Haim, actress Jaime King, producer Harvey Weinstein, and recording artist Lorde attend The Weinstein Company and Netflix's 2015 Golden Globes After Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

Russians Don’t Understand Why Anyone Is Upset With ‘Girl Crazy’ Weinstein

In Putin’s Russia, discussion of sexual harassment and domestic violence are largely taboo.

People watch a news report in Seoul on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6, 2016. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Has No Plan for Dealing With a North Korean EMP Attack

Newt Gingrich says there’s a lack of staff in the administration to take on the issue. Critics say it doesn't matter.

A distraught Rohingya boy seeks handouts near the Balukali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on Sept. 20. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

For Years, U.N. Was Warned of Threat to Rohingya in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Muslim crackdown “has been decades in the making.”

Siegfried's Death, by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. (Wikimedia Commons)

Have our military leaders been honest?

The military must be honest, both with itself and the rest of the nation.

The U.S. Marshall Plan logo. (Wikimedia Commons)

Great moments in interviews

A high school student interviewed Defense Secretary James Mattis

A member of the Ku Klux Klan shouts at counterprotesters during a rally calling for the protection of Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 8.

Survey: One-Third of Republicans Favor Leaders Unchecked by Courts or Congress

A new global survey finds that right-of-center ideology and education affect support for democracy.

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya poses during a Nov. 8, 2016, interview in Moscow.

Here’s the Memo the Kremlin-Linked Lawyer Took to the Meeting With Donald Trump Jr.

No dirt on Clinton, a passing mention of adoptions, and a lot on Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act.

Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad (right) and Saleh al-Aruri (left) of Hamas shake hands after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Oct. 12. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves upon his arrival at Hamburg Airport for the G20 economic summit on July 6. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

1.3 Billion People Are in One Man’s Grip

Why Xi Jinping will dominate this week's 19th Party Congress and what it means for China's future.

Iranians hold posters condemning the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia at the funeral of the victims of terror attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 9. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Rogue Iran Is a Global Threat

Donald Trump is right to put Tehran on notice. But the nuclear deal is just the tip of the iceberg.

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