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FBI agents collect evidence at a FedEx Office facility following an explosion at a nearby sorting center on March 20, in Sunset Valley, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Travel Ban Might Be Legal, but It’s Bad Policy

Most terrorists don’t get radicalized abroad; they’re made in the USA.

China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s New Aircraft Carrier Is Already Obsolete

But it's still a powerful signal of Beijing's ambitions in a post-U.S. Asia.

The wax figures of U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are pictured in Christmas-themed sweaters at the Grevin Wax Museum in Paris on Dec. 1, 2017. (Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images)

Merkel Has Disastrously Bungled Her Relationship With Trump

The chancellor’s approach has been typical of German foreign policy: moralistic, hypocritical — and completely ineffective.

People celebrate Armenian prime minister Serzh Sarkisian's resignation in downtown Yerevan on April 23, 2018. (VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Sometimes Armenian Protests Are Just Armenian Protests

Not every post-Soviet revolution is about the geopolitics of Russia.

Emmanuel Macron arrives on the first day of a summit of European Union (EU) leaders at the EU headquarters in Brussels, on March 22, 2018. (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron’s Centrism Is Coming Apart at the Seams

The French president spent his first year steering his country to the right — and his supporters on the left are starting to wonder what they signed up for.

A man walks past a roadside poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, on Oct. 24, 2017. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s $6 Billion Propaganda Blitz Is a Snooze

Beijing’s propaganda works at home, but it can't compete globally.

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Donald Trump on July 13,  2017 in Paris,  France. (Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron’s Critique of Pure Liberalism

It’s not an accident that Donald Trump’s closest foreign friend is the French president.

Children play soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 7, 2010. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Scramble for Africa’s Athletes

Shady sports agents have taken a page from human traffickers. They’re luring young men to Europe with promises of fame and exploiting them instead.

Peacekeeper troops from Ethiopia and deployed in the United Nations (UN) Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) patrol in a UN vehicle at night in Abyei town, Abyei state, on December 14, 2016. (ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Peacekeepers Shouldn’t Always Be Peaceful

The United Nations needs to accept that it's possible to fight and broker peace agreements at the same time.

Soldiers from the Foreign Legion march down the Champs Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background,  in Paris during a rehearsal of the annual Bastille Day military parade on July 10, 2017. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Army Service Could Be the Answer to Europe’s Integration Problem

The EU’s defense forces are struggling to recruit, and immigrants are often eager to serve.

A Turkish tank on a hilltop overlooking the Turkey-Syria border on Oct. 9, 2014. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

When Diplomacy Disappears

The Trump Administration’s lack of engagement has made the terrorist threat worse.

Emmanuel Macron with students during the inauguration of an apprentice training centre in Tours on March 14, 2018.  (BENOIT TESSIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Everyone in France Wants to Claim the Legacy of 1968

Leftists want to celebrate revolutionary idealism; conservatives, the triumph of traditional authority. And Emmanuel Macron is trying to split the difference.

Greek Prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Athens, on Dec. 7, 2017. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Greece and Turkey Are Inching Toward War

Populists in both countries are deepening a rare military crisis between NATO allies.

Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador delivers a speech at a campaign rally in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on April 6. (Julio Cesar Ahuilar/AFP/Getty Images)

Andrés Manuel López Obrador Is No Hugo Chávez

The real problem with the Mexican presidential frontrunner isn’t his populism. It’s his old-fashioned ideas.

Raul Castro talks with First Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel, during the homage for the 50th anniversary of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's death, in Santa Clara, Cuba, on Oct. 8, 2017. (YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuban Communism Is at Its Reform-or-Die Moment

The country’s first non-Castro president in over 50 years has only one path to legitimacy.

Runners of the Shanghai Pride Run make signs with their fingers while wearing rainbow shoelaces at the start of the race in Shanghai on June 18, 2016.
(Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Still (Just About) OK to Be Gay in China

Online protest has scored a solid win for LGBT rights — for now.

Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon return to Andrews Air Force in Maryland on Jan. 18, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Syria Strategy Makes Perfect Sense

There's only one way to accomplish all of America's goals in Syria: cooperating with Russia.

Brazilian president Michel Temer (L) and Argentine President  Mauricio Macri arrive to pose for the official picture at the end of the Mercosur Summit in mendoza, 1080 km west of buenos Aires on July 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Andres Larrovere        (Photo credit should read ANDRES LARROVERE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trumpification of the Latin American Right

South American conservatives have an unlikely new role model.

A Syrian man looks at a building fire following regime bombardment in Douma, one of the few remaining rebel-held pockets in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on March 23. (Hamza al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Cold War Is Boiling Over in Syria

Trump’s latest airstrikes are a new U.S.-Russian missile crisis that risks devastating escalation.

A lab worker in China displays the newly developed Inactivated Vaccine for Streptococcal Disease (Type 2) in Swine at Guangdong Winsun Bio Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd on July 31, 2005 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. (China Photos/Getty Images)

China Will Always Be Bad at Bioethics

It’s no accident that the Chinese government is leading the world in medical advances — and in dangerous ethical lapses.

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