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A large flag of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a campaign rally on June 19, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Don’t Trust Anybody About Turkey’s Elections

The one thing that's clear about Erdogan's re-election bid is that everything is unclear.

Donald Trump sings the national anthem with a U.S. Army chorus during a "Celebration of America" event on the south lawn of the White House June 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Is Trump’s America the Safest Country in the World?

The world is less dangerous than it was a year ago — but the long-term trends, if you're not American, have gotten cloudier.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reacts at a signing ceremony with US President Donald Trump  during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Never Call Kim Jong Un Crazy Again

After the Singapore summit, it isn't just wrong to say the North Korean leader is irrational — it's dangerous.

A man watches a television news screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on May 16, 2018. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Is Following the Saddam Hussein Playbook

The big question for the world is whether the United States will now follow its old Iraq playbook, too.

Kim Jong Un impersonator Howard X and Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan pose for photographers during a visit to Merlion Park in Singapore on June 8. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Photo-Op Summit

America isn't going to achieve any of its stated objectives by meeting with North Korea in Singapore. And that's okay.

Indian residents wear face mask outside the Medical College hospital in Kozhikode on May 21, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

India Is Panicking About a Virus Passed by Bat Poop

The Nipah virus is awful. Hysteria makes it worse.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Riyadh international airport on November 10, 2015. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Real Reason the Middle East Hates NGOs

Western promoters of democracy aren’t seen as a threat to individual rulers but as a reminder of colonial history.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, then-Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May pose for a photo at the G-7 summit in Sicily on May 26, 2017. (Miguel Medine/AFP/Getty Images)

Bullies Don’t Win at Diplomacy

President Donald Trump is learning that, just because the United States is powerful, that doesn’t mean it can push other countries around.

U.S. President Donald Trump checks hands with  Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on outside the Oval Office at the White House on June 1. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Meeting With North Korea Is a Win for America

It's good for the United States to talk with its enemies, even if no deal is in the offing.

French President Emmanuel Macron at the Felix Eboue Airport of Cayenne, in French Guiana, on October 26, 2017. (RONAN LIETAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron Has Changed France’s Political DNA

One year after his election, it's clear Emmanuel Macron isn't just a president — he's a liberal man of providence.

Former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Oslo on Dec. 11, 2016. (Terje Bendiksby/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Wants You to Think Like a Realist

From Europe to Iran to North Korea, the world doesn't make sense anymore — unless you put all your illusions aside.

Ivanka Trump andJared Kushner at the presentation of the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017.(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Riyalpolitik and the Art of Influence in Trump’s Washington

America's Arab allies have always wanted to buy direct access to U.S. foreign policy, and they finally found a seller.

Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the second day of the G20 summit on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Ukas Michael - Pool/Getty Images)

Trump Is in a Coma on Public Health

Amid the latest Ebola outbreak, the Trump administration is handing leadership to Angela Merkel — and she's not out to protect American interests.

National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks on a morning television show from the grounds of the White House, on May 9, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

And Now for Some Crises That Are Completely Different

As the Trump administration struggles to keep track of the usual hotspots, major trouble is brewing in forgotten corners of the world.

Col. Muammar Gaddafi arrives at the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters Sept. 23, 2009 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Regime Change for Dummies

A brief global history of a tactic that's back in style: toppling other countries' governments.

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