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Iraqi fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border on Nov. 3.  (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Former President Robert Mugabe during a speech on Nov. 8 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Then-Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 opening ceremony in Hangzhou, China on Sep. 4, 2016. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool/Getty Images)

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel departs in the early morning after preliminary coalition talks collapsed.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron looks at a bust of writer Alexandre Dumas during a visit to the Monte Cristo castle near Paris, on Sep. 16. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

France Is Debating Whether French Is Sexist

Is the grammar of liberté, égalité, fraternité inherently chauvinistic?

Cambodian police officials patrol during a hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State

With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.

A photograph taken on Sept. 19, shows some birds flying around a monument to the founder of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin in Nizhny Novgorod.(Francois Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Then-candidate Donald Trump at a town hall meeting on March 14, 2016 in Tampa , Florida. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing on Nov. 9. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and U.S. President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Causing Conflict by Playing Peacemaker

The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.

Components of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system are unloaded at Osan Air Base, South Korea, on March 6. (United States Forces Korea via Getty Images)

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.

Steam rises from the Neurath coal-fired power plant operated by German utility RWE, which stands near open-pit coal mines that feed it with coal, on Nov. 13, near Bergheim, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

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 interior of the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Nov. 7. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C. on March 14. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sits  at a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis on April 19 in Riyadh. (Jonathan Ernst - Pool/Getty Images)

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.

(Left to right) Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Guinea's President Alpha Conde, U.S. President Donald Trump, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on May 27 in Taormina, Sicily. (Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

A behind the scenes tour at CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory on April 19, 2017 in Meyrin, Switzerland. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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.

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