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Henry Kissinger with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on October 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough

The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.

A woman reads names on a commemorative plaque during a memorial ceremony for victims of an Islamic State attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, on June 28, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s Fatal Blind Spot

The real threat to Turkey isn’t the Kurds. It’s the Islamic State.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem on Nov. 18, 2014. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Bibi Is Burning Down the House

Faced with legal threats, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t hesitate to sow doubt, chaos, and confusion in order to remain in power.

Pope Francis in a procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina before Ash Wednesday mass on February 14, 2018 in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik

The Vatican’s diplomacy with China, and other authoritarian governments, is based on a century-old fantasy of its worldly power.

South African President Jacob Zuma wipes his face with his hand as he answers hostile questions at the South African parliament in Cape Town on August 6, 2015.

Zuma Has Fallen

South Africa's president weathered scandal after scandal while driving his country’s economy and reputation into the ground. His luck has finally run out.

A picture taken in the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Harduf on Feb. 10, shows the remains of an Israel F-16 that crashed after coming under fire by Syrian air defenses.

Iran Is Playing With Fire in Syria

The downing of an Israeli jet won’t fundamentally alter the Middle East’s strategic balance. 

An Iranian medium range missile passes by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (center) during a military parade on September 22, 2017 in Tehran.

Length Doesn’t Matter

The United States and Europe need to get serious about limiting Iran’s missiles of all ranges — and the Missile Technology Control Regime should guide them.

A man looks at a caricature depicting Russian Premier Vladimir Putin as Leonid Brezhnev on his computer screen in Moscow on Oct. 5, 2011. 
 (Alexander Nemenova/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Isn’t a Genius. He’s Leonid Brezhnev.

Why Russia’s strongman economy can’t reform.

A Syrian boy walks amid the rubble of destroyed buildings in Aleppo, Syria on July 22, 2017. (George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)

Hypocritic Oath

How WHO and other international agencies aid Assad’s war against Syria’s civilians.

Demonstrators burn flares and wave Polish flags during the annual march to commemorate Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw on November 11, 2017.

Poland’s Holocaust Denialism Will Come Back to Haunt It

Polish leaders thought peddling historical revisionism at home had no consequences; now, it could threaten two crucial alliances.

An Iranian man reads a copy of the daily newspaper 'Omid Javan' bearing a picture of US President Donald Trump on Oct. 14, 2017, in front of a kiosk in Tehran. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is All Talk On Iran

The president has wooed Saudi Arabia and Israel with promises to roll back Iranian influence — but he has so far failed to match those words with action.

Turkish tanks pass front of a giant poster of Recep Tayyip Erdogan on August 30,2014 in Istanbul. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military – and you can tell by the results.

Workers building pipes in the production hall at the Nord Stream 2 facility at Mukran on Ruegen Islandon  in Sassnitz, Germany on Oct. 19, 2017. (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

What’s Good for Russian Gas Is Good for America

Washington's opposition to a gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany has never made sense.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech in front of the National Museum of Budapest on March 15, 2015.

Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian.

Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 25, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Audit America’s Secrets

Declassification should be determined by the American people, not partisan politicians.

Palestinian schoolgirls and women attend a protest in the southern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah on March 8, 2010. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

The Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Palestinian Budget Cuts

By cutting aid to Palestinian refugees, the United States is undermining stability in the entire region.

Students watch a street parade in China's southern Hainan province on November 7, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Middle Class Is Pulling Up the Ladder Behind Itself

The rural poor are increasingly unwelcome in China’s big cities.

A school that was used by the Islamic State's fighters in the northern Syrian town of Manbij. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS’s War on Families Never Ended

The Islamic State's campaign for the hearts and minds of Syrian children may have laid the groundwork for its resurgence.

Then-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the Italy-France Summit in Rome, Italy on April 26, 2011. (Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

The Bunga-Bunga Moderate

How Silvio Berlusconi successfully reinvented himself as a straight-laced member of the establishment.

A bird sitting on the head of a white rhino at Kruger National Park in South Africa on June 22, 2010.   (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Size Doesn’t Matter for Spies Anymore

In the era of cyber-espionage, even the smallest countries can play on the biggest stage.

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