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Same-sex activists outside the parliament in Taipei on May 24. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing Can’t Understand Taiwan’s Democracy

The Communist Party is baffled — and angered — by the new activism across the straits.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Sochi on November 20, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images)

What Vladimir Putin Really Wants in the Middle East

A new book translates Russia’s fears and hopes for Syria, and the wider region, for an American audience.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the State Department on April 19, in Washington, DC.  (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson Is About to Make a Terrible Mistake

The knives are out for "F" at the State Department. The secretary should be strengthening rather than dismantling it.

Muslim worshippers walk in front of the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem on July 30, 2008. (Ahed Izhiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Doesn’t Want to Talk About Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia's rulers have lots of worries, but Trump's announcement about the holy city isn't one of them.

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Number 10 Downing Street on December 11, 2017. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Theresa May Just Negotiated Away the United Kingdom

The price of hard Brexit will be the end of the nation as we know it.

Bahraini men hold up a national flag and a placard reading in Arabic "Jerusalem is the compass of the revolutionaries" during a demonstration in the village of Diraz on July 10, 2015. (Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images)

From Bahrain to Jerusalem

A Bahraini delegation's trip to Israel is the latest sign of the Gulf monarchies' burgeoning alliance with the Jewish state.

Incoming Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on December 12, 2017 at the parliament in Warsaw. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s Prime Minister Is a Technocrat Banker and a Far-Right Populist at the Same Time

Mateusz Morawiecki used to run an international bank. Now he leads an illiberal government.

Leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz makes a phone call during a party congress on December 9, 2017 in Berlin.
(John MacDougall/AFP)

The Fate of Social Democracy Is Being Decided in Germany

Germany's center-left is considering another bargain with Angela Merkel, with the EU hanging in the balance — and its own survival.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is seen in front of  buildings in the Old City on Dec. 10,  in Jerusalem, Israel. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Why Recognizing Jerusalem Is Good for Peace

Until the Palestinians realize that Israel is here to stay and start negotiating in earnest, it behooves Washington to signal that they are losing ground.

President Donald Trump holds up a proclaimation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6, at the White House. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Is Not a Disaster

But the Trump administration needs to walk a very fine line with Palestine and Arab states.

A giant US flag screened alongside Israel's national flag by the Jerusalem municipality on the walls of the old city on Dec. 6.
(AFP photo / Ahmad Gharabali)

Trump Just Sabotaged His Own Peace Process

The president has ended any hope that the United States can broker a diplomatic solution in the Holy Land.

Rescue teams work amid the ruins of Colegio Enrique Rébsamen in Mexico City on Sept. 20. (Jose Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)T

The Earthquake to Come in Mexico

With a wave of corruption scandals sweeping out Latin American governments, is Mexico's next to fall?

Boxer Conor McGregor attends an after fight party on August 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife)

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Former British Colony Scorned

The U.K.'s biggest hurdle to a successful Brexit is the small country next door.

Delegates attend a session of United Nations Human Rights Council on June 6, in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

How Not to Fix the U.N. Human Rights Council

The Trump administration wants reform. But putting Israel above all other priorities is a big mistake.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about taxes at the St. Charles, Missouri, Convention Center on Nov. 29.
 (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is How Every Genocide Begins

Why Trump’s most un-American moment can’t be overlooked.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris on October 24, 2017.(CHARLES PLATIAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Sisi Doesn’t Know How to Beat ISIS

Egypt’s brute-force approach to counterterrorism isn’t working in Sinai.

North Korean soldiers during a parade in Pyongyang on Oct. 10. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

China Should Send 30,000 Troops Into North Korea

The only way to stand down from a nuclear confrontation is to reassure Kim Jong Un that the United States won’t — and can’t — invade.

German chancellor Angela Merkel at a CDU party conference in December 2016. (TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet the Post-Merkel Generation

A brief survey of the German conservatives already jockeying to replace their matriarch.

Government troops keep watch as bombed-out buildings are seen in what was the main battle area in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on Oct. 25, days after the military declared the fighting against IS-inspired Muslim militants over. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Philippines the Next Caliphate?

ISIS is looking to regroup, and is setting its sights eastward.

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