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Hezbollah members reenact an attack on an Israeli tank in the southern Lebanese village of Khiam on Aug. 13, 2017. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Isn’t Going to Fight Saudi Arabia’s Wars

Don't expect Benjamin Netanyahu to put Israeli soldiers in harm's way in Lebanon on Mohammed bin Salman's say-so.

Soldiers deployed to the streets of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, on Nov. 15 as the military appeared to seize control. (AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s Military Says There’s Nothing to See Here

Robert Mugabe is under house arrest, and the generals are in charge. But the top brass still insist there hasn’t been a coup.

Senator George Weah greets his supporters during a campaign rally in Monrovia on Oct. 8. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

A Football God Is About to Become President of Liberia

Former AC Milan striker George Weah is revered in soccer-obsessed West Africa, but can he convince Liberians he’s smart enough for the top job?

People in Riyadh watch a projection depicting a portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an event on Sept. 23 commemorating the anniversary of the kingdom's founding. (/AFP/Getty Images)

The Saudis Go for Broke Against Iran

Riyadh and its allies are aiming to use their financial leverage to remake the Arab world — but their strategy could just as easily backfire.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen oversees a military drill on May 25, 2017.
(Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

Wary of Trump, Taiwan Shies From Spotlight in President’s Asia Trip

Most countries love engagement and attention from the U.S. president. But Taiwan has been burned before.

Saudi women sit in a stadium for the first time to attend an event in the capital Riyadh on Sept. 23, commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid a Saudi Purge, Women Face the Test of a Lifetime

As the kingdom experiences momentous change, women are keenly aware that the weight of history is on their shoulders.

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on Oct. 29. (Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images)

The King Is Dead, and Thailand’s Storybook Monarchy Might Be Next

As Thailand mourns its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the public braces for an uncertain future.

Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a "town-hall" meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on October 28, 2015. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created

Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and the landscape near the planned city of Neom.
 (Foreign Policy illustration/Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images/NEOM)

Saudi Arabia Is Betting Its Future on a Desert Megacity

Can Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious plans jumpstart social and economic reform, or are they an expensive miscalculation?

Sayfullo Saipov, the suspected driver who killed eight people in New York on Oct. 31. (St. Charles County Dept. of Corr/AFP/Getty Images)

For Uzbeks, Radicalization Often Begins Abroad

The Islamic State has ramped up its Russian-language recruitment.

A nuclear danger sign near the Belarusian village of Dronki. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)

Lithuania, Leery of Moscow, Spars With Belarus Over Nuclear Reactor

Fearing the Kremlin’s grand design, and another nuclear disaster, Vilnius has turned a power plant into a battleground.

Opposition supporters rally for presidential candidate Raila Odinga in Nairobi's Uhuru Park on Oct. 25. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

Kenya Is Barreling Toward an ‘Illegal’ Election

Kenya’s election crisis deepened after its Supreme Court punted on a decision to delay Thursday’s troubled rerun election.

A member of the Popular Mobilization Forces flashes a "V" sign in the northern town of Hatra on April 28. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq’s Shiite Militias Are Just Getting Started

The Iranian-backed forces that took control of Kirkuk from the Kurds are setting their sights on Baghdad.

An Iraqi boy drags a Kurdish flag as Iraqi forces advance toward the center of Kirkuk on Oct. 16. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Scenes From a Failed Secession

As the Iraqi government reclaimed the city of Kirkuk, Kurdish troops had the choice to watch or flee.

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.

A Finnish armored terrain vehicle during an ongoing military exercise on the Swedish island Gotland on September 19. (Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Neighbors Respond to Putin’s ‘Hybrid War’

Baltic and Nordic countries turn to education as much as military hardware to counter Moscow’s hybrid threats.

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Who’s Afraid of George Soros?

How an octogenarian businessman became the bogeyman of Europe.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf visits the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, 19 November 2007. Johnson-Sirleaf is on an official visit to Israel. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA        (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Tearing Down of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The ghosts of Liberia’s civil war are stalking the country ahead of this week's election — and threatening the complicated legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president.

The "For Life" anti-abortion demonstration in Moscow's Sokolniki park on Sept. 14. (Joel van Houdt for Foreign Policy)

Putin’s Next Target Is Russia’s Abortion Culture

The Russian president is worried about his country’s shrinking population. His social-conservative allies say they have the solution.

Demonstrators with a Slovak flag attend an anti-corruption rally in Bratislava, Slovakia, on June 5, 2017.
Thousands of protesters joined a protest march against corruption organised by high school students.  / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR SIMICEK        (Photo credit should read VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP/Getty Images)

They Spent Months Protesting Corruption. Now What?

Young people in Central and Eastern Europe took to the streets in a quixotic fight. Will they now face a winter of despair?

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