Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 7, 2018 in London, England. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Isn’t Wonky Enough

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince knows his country needs an economic overhaul, but his plans don’t add up.

A Pakistani currency dealer counts Chinese currency at his shop in Quetta on Jan. 3, 2018. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty)

China’s Bid to Upend the Global Oil Market

Could a new oil futures contract mark a seismic shift in Beijing’s efforts to globalize its currency?

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 14, 2017. (Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Why More Sanctions Won’t Help Venezuela

The people, not the government, will pay the price.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Beijing on March 16. (Lintao Zhang/Pool/Getty Images)

China Is Eyeballing a Major Strategic Investment in Saudi Arabia’s Oil

Washington may have invented the petrodollar system, but Beijing is looking toward the future.

Global destinations of Chinese foreign aid between 2000 and 2014. (Map used with permission of AidData).

Russia Is the Biggest Recipient of Chinese Foreign Aid

China has given Moscow $36.6 billion in aid since 2000. The goal? Russian oil.

KIRKUK, IRAQ - SEPTEMBER 25: People are seen casting their referendum vote at a voting station on September 25, 2017 in Kirkuk, Iraq. Despite strong objection from neighboring countries and the Iraqi government. Some five million Kurds took to the polls today across three provinces in the historic independence referendum.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Not Everyone in Kurdistan Is Cheering Kurdish Independence

In Iraq’s multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, this week’s referendum has sparked celebration — and serious discontent.

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.


Antifascist activists protect themselves from water cannon used by police officers during a rally against an election campaign meeting organized by far-right movement CasaPound in Turin on Feb. 22. (Piero Cruciatti/AFP/Getty Images)

The World in Photos This Week

Students in the Philippines protest “rising dictatorship,” phallic statues in South Korea, and police violence in Zimbabwe.

TOPSHOT - The French Renaissance Chateau de Chambord is pictured as snow falls on February 13, 2018 in Chambord, northwestern France.  / AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT        (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)

The World in Photos This Week

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; storms in Europe; and Lunar New Year festivities around the world.

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The Answers Are Out There

Contrary to conventional wisdom, solutions to many of the world’s toughest problems already exist—you just need to know where to look for them.

The view from Lelu Island toward Kitson Island and the Pacific Ocean in July 2017.

Fantasy Island

Exporting British Columbia’s abundant energy resources should have been a slam dunk. How did a multibillion-dollar dream go up in smoke?

Twilight of the Kurds

Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.

A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

There’s nothing wrong with political tribes that can’t be fixed by what’s right with them.