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A member of the Iraqi security forces walks past a defaced Kurdish flag on the outskirts of Kirkuk on Oct. 16. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

If Trump Wants to Confront Iran, He Should Start in Kirkuk

The president talks a big game about standing up to Iran — but will he do anything about Iranian-backed militias attacking America's staunchest allies?

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gives a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Oct. 5. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Haider al-Abadi Is Succeeding at the World’s Hardest Job

The Iraqi prime minister has held his country together amid war and financial crisis. His next battle is to win re-election.

Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad (right) and Saleh al-Aruri (left) of Hamas shake hands after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Oct. 12. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep.

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves upon his arrival at Hamburg Airport for the G20 economic summit on July 6. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

1.3 Billion People Are in One Man’s Grip

Why Xi Jinping will dominate this week's 19th Party Congress and what it means for China's future.

Iranians hold posters condemning the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia at the funeral of the victims of terror attacks on Tehran's parliament complex and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 9. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Rogue Iran Is a Global Threat

Donald Trump is right to put Tehran on notice. But the nuclear deal is just the tip of the iceberg.

President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters at the White House on Oct. 13. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Needs a Good Cop on Iran

The U.S. president has the biggest bully pulpit. But Europe has all the leverage.

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The American Alliance With Turkey Was Built On a Myth

It's time to realize that Washington and Ankara share neither values nor interests, and that their partnership cannot return to its Cold War heyday.

Sebastian Kurz visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem during his tenure as foreign minister. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet the First Millennial to Run a Western Country

Nobody knows if 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz is an establishment conservative or a far-right populist — and that’s why he’ll soon be running Austria.

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Trump Is Inching Toward War With Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Decertifying the nuclear deal isn't the most dangerous decision about Iran the president will soon make.

A Chinese trader prepares goods headed to North Korea on Dec. 30, 2011. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Succeed in Business in North Korea

International sanctions can't compete against the ingenuity of North Korean entrepreneurs.

Ukrainian soldiers during a 2015 ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists near the town of Artemivsk (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

What Realists Don’t Understand About Law

There’s nothing more realistic than realizing that national interests aren’t just about power, geography, and great men.

Members of the Iraqi Christian forces Kataeb Babylon detain a suspected Islamic State member southeast of Mosul.

ISIS’s Other Victims

The world needs a plan to deal with the wives and children of the Islamic State's defeated jihadis.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on February 24, 2015. (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Franco Still Haunts Catalonia

Mariano Rajoy’s use of violence against separatists wasn’t an aberration. It was an authentic expression of Spanish conservatism.

Aung San Suu Kyi at 20th anniversary ceremonies honoring her winning the Nobel Peace prize December 10, 2011 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

Give the Nobel Peace Prize Posthumously

There’s an easy way to avoid betrayal by winners of the world’s most important humanitarian prize: only give it to dead people.

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) shakes Shinzo Abe's (R) hand in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

Shinzo Abe Just Pulled a Theresa May

Japan's prime minister called an early election to strengthen his mandate — and gave an opening to a serious new challenger.

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) addresses demonstrators on Kashmir Solidarity day in Lahore on February 5, 2015. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Is Inviting Its Favorite Jihadis Into Parliament

It might seem like the Pakistani military is trying to defang its ostensible adversaries. It's really trying to empower them.

YANGON, MYANMAR - NOVEMBER 08:  Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition politician, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, arrives at the polling station to cast vote during Myanmar's first free and fair election on November 8, 2015 in Yangon, Myanmar. The elections will be Myanmar's first openly contested polls in 25 years, following decades of military rule.  (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

The Nobel Peace Prize Isn’t About Peace

At some point in its history, the Nobel Peace Prize became a lifetime achievement award for human rights — and betrayed its founder’s intentions.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2014.

America’s Biggest Southeast Asian Ally Is Drifting Toward China

Thailand has been slipping into Beijing's orbit for decades. It's time for Trump to make a counter-offer.

NINGBO, CHINA - FEBRUARY 18:  (CHINA OUT) Finished inflatable sex dolls are stored in a warehouse at the Jiamei plastic toy factory on February 18, 2012 in Ningbo, China. The Jiamei plastic toy company, based in the suburb of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, produces cheap sex dolls at an average price of 100RMB (15.80 USD), and has done so for several years. According to the company, more than 50,000 sex dolls are sold to the domestic market in Japan and Korea each year. (Photo by Kevin Zen/Getty Images)

Sex Dolls Are Replacing China’s Missing Women

The country's gender gap has left young men desperate for high-tech alternatives.

A picture taken on June 5, 2017 shows a man walking past the Qatar Airways branch in the Saudi capital Riyadh, after it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia following a severing of relations between major gulf states and gas-rich Qatar. Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt cut ties with Qatar accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE        (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

A Field Trip to the Front Lines of the Qatar-Saudi Cold War

The showdown in the Gulf shows no signs of ending. And there don’t seem to be any clear winners emerging.

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