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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (C) is welcomed upon his arrival at the international conference "The Future of Asia" in Tokyo on June 11, 2018. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia’s Diplomacy is Trapped in Mahathir’s Shadow

The newly energized democracy is missing the chance to make its diplomatic mark in the region.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers, wearing traditional army uniforms from the Ottoman Empire, as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential palace in Ankara, January 12, 2015.

Don’t Turn The Turkish Army Into A Political Tool

Turkey has a history of coups. Whoever wins the election must prevent politicization of the military.

Russian security officers stand guard at the Fan Fest zone in Nizhny Novgorod, one of the host cities of the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament, on June 19, 2018. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s World Cup Isn’t as Safe as It Looks

The Kremlin has prepared for the soccer tournament by cracking down on terror threats — the wrong kind.

A child at the U.S.-Mexico fence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on April 4. (Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Playing Chicken With Children’s Lives

The U.S. child welfare system is strained to its limits. Family separation could push it over the edge.

Fans cheer for Mexico during an international friendly soccer match against Croatia at AT&T Stadium on March 27, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.

If Trump Tears Up NAFTA, Sports Will Keep North America Together

The joint 2026 World Cup is yet another sign that Canada, Mexico, and the United States are becoming increasingly culturally and economically interdependent.

Left: A Japanese-American woman holds her sleeping daughter as they prepare to leave their home for an internment camp in 1942. 
Right: Japanese-Americans interned at the Santa Anita Assembly Center at the Santa Anita racetrack near Los Angeles in 1942. (Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

‘At Least During the Internment …’ Are Words I Thought I’d Never Utter

I was sent to a camp at just 5 years old — but even then, they didn't separate children from families.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar (L) attend the funeral of a soldier killed in a helicopter crash at Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara, on June 1, 2017.

Turkey’s Wag-the-Dog Election

Erdogan is fighting a military battle to win a political one.

Chang An-lo, also known as "White Wolf," leader of the China Unification Promotion Party, speaks to the media on May 20, 2016. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images)

Nice Democracy You’ve Got There. Be a Shame If Something Happened to It.

China's Communist Party is using thuggish proxies to disrupt Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Iraqis celebrate with a picture of the Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, after the general election in Baghdad on May 14, 2018.

I Fought Against Muqtada al-Sadr. Now He’s Iraq’s Best Hope.

The former militia leader who once terrorized U.S. forces has reinvented himself as an Iraqi nationalist and a pragmatist.

Kashmiri Muslims carry the coffin of slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari during a funeral procession at Kreeri, India on June 15, (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

Nobody’s Protecting India’s Bravest Journalists

I had the resources to survive a campaign of online hate — but other reporters have been far less fortunate.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on before speaking to members of the media during a visit to AppDirect on February 8, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

No More Mr. Nice Canada

Canada's reputation for friendly politeness, especially when dealing with the United States, is long overdue for revision.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at the European Council summit in Brussels on March 22. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Alexis Tsipras Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

Greece's prime minister, together with his partner in Macedonia, has created a model for solving identity clashes across the globe.

French Economy  Minister Bruno Le Maire addresses a conference  on February 15, 2018 at the Economy Ministry in Paris.

OFAC Off

The European Union needs to defend its economic sovereignty from U.S. overreach. Creating its own agency for sanctions enforcement would be a start.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (C), Bahrain's King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa (R) and Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah attend a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) informal summit in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah on May 31, 2016.(STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Kuwait and Oman Are Stuck in Arab No Man’s Land

The showdown with Qatar is forcing all Middle Eastern countries to pick sides — and leaving two of them in the lurch.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (L) at the Great Hall of the People on March 17, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang - Pool/Getty Images)

China Smells Opportunity in the Middle East’s Crisis

Beijing is using the region's ongoing woes to solidify its own geopolitical agenda.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) walk together after announcing a joint statement near the end of their historic summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. (KOREA SUMMIT PRESS POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

If Anyone Gets the Nobel, It’s Moon and Kim

Koreans deserve the credit for peace on the peninsula, not Trump.

Matteo Salvini answers questions at the Foreign Press Association in Rome on February 22, 2018. 
(ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Xenophobia Meets Reality in Italy

Matteo Salvini is Italy's new hard-line anti-migrant interior minister. But his bark may end up worse than his bite.

President Barack Obama meets with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough and speechwriter Ben Rhodes on Air Force One on June 4, 2009 on route to Cairo, Egypt. (Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

Ben Rhodes Led From Behind in Life

The Obama staffer's memoirs depict an administration that wanted to change history, but never got past managing crises.

US President Ronald Reagan talks to Japanese Premier Yasuhiro Nakasone on May 5, 1986. (MIKE SARGENT/AFP/Getty Images)

The Slow Rise and Sudden Fall of the G-7

The history of the Group of Seven shows how the West went from a geographic category to a geopolitical group — and back again.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a panel discussion titled 'Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative' on the second day of the G20 summit on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Ukas Michael - Pool/Getty Images)

The West Will Die So That Trump Can Win

America created the postwar order by delaying immediate economic gratification. Those days are over.

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