The Caliphate Is Destroyed, But the Islamic State Lives On
Why the United States can’t be complacent about undermining the remnants of the terrorist group.
Mugabe Is a Goner, But His Looting Machine Is Here to Stay
Zimbabwe’s military didn’t topple the regime. It just restored the ruling party’s corrupt old guard to power.
Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East
And there’s no indication that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s bold moves, Saudi Arabia stands a chance of turning the tide.
Germany Has Plunged Into Unprecedented Political Chaos
It’s going to be a while before Europe’s most powerful country has a stable government – and Angela Merkel probably won't be leading it.
France Is Debating Whether French Is Sexist
Is the grammar of liberté, égalité, fraternité inherently chauvinistic?
Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State
With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.
Are China’s Chickens Contaminating America’s Plates?
Americans’ favorite meat just got riskier to eat.
Russia Wouldn’t Even Exist Today Without the Bolsheviks
The Communist Revolution was far more geopolitically influential than its contemporary critics — and even its celebrants — acknowledge.
It’s Too Early to Celebrate the Survival of American Democracy
One year after Donald Trump’s elections, the U.S. political system is proving resilient – and giving false comfort.
Trump and Xi’s Narcissism of Small Differences
The presidents of the United States and China are destined to clash, precisely because their economic worldviews are so similar.
Trump Is Causing Conflict by Playing Peacemaker
The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.
China’s Charm Offensive on South Korea Is Starting to Work
And that’s making the Trump administration’s North Korea policy a lot harder to pull off.
Germany Is a Coal-Burning, Gas-Guzzling Climate Change Hypocrite
Angela Merkel hasn’t come close to earning her reputation for leadership on climate change.
The Louvre Isn’t Just a Museum. It’s a Power Tool.
Emmanuel Macron went to the Middle East this week to unveil the Louvre Abu Dhabi — and affirm France as a global power.
Donald Trump Has Unleashed the Saudi Arabia We Always Wanted — and Feared
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put the Middle East on a collision course. And the White House will own the consequences.
Meet the Next Generation of Saudi Rulers
Mohammed bin Salman knows he can't rule alone — which is why he's been quietly cultivating a group of young princes to serve his agenda.
Quote of the day: David Ignatius comments on what a good spy looks like
A quick glimpse of David Ignatius's new novel.
Trump’s Dangerous Retreat from Africa
The U.S. administration is ramping up military engagement on the continent but ramping everything else down. Other countries are already filling the void.
The Future of Particle Physics Will Live and Die in China
China's next-generation supercollider will unlock secrets of the universe — and destroy the ideals of the scientists running it.