People gather in Istanbul to support the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt on July 16, 2016. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Alliance With Turkey Is Worth Preserving

Ankara is a difficult friend. That doesn't mean the United States should cut it loose.

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.

The Young Karl Marx. (Frederic Batier/Agat Film/Velvet Film)

How to Make Karl Marx Sexy

The philosophy of economics doesn’t make for a good movie. It gets easier if you drop the philosophy and the economics.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin shows satellite photos of illicit North Korean shipping activity, Feb. 23, 2018. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)

Busting North Korea’s Sanctions-Evading Fleet

Washington aims to chase Pyongyang's illicit traders from the seas. It may be too late to matter.

The cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Italian island of Giglio, on Jan. 14, 2012. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

Italy’s Election Is a Shipwreck

Italians are rearranging the deck chairs as their country irrevocably sinks.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening session of the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 18, 2017. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Globalization Has Created a Chinese Monster

Xi Jinping's dictatorship isn't what the end of history was supposed to look like.

The World Bank headquarters in Washington on May 8, 2007. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators Still Work

They are among the institution's most powerful tools — heed not the critics.

Henry Kissinger with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on October 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough

The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.

A man looks at a caricature depicting Russian Premier Vladimir Putin as Leonid Brezhnev on his computer screen in Moscow on Oct. 5, 2011. 
 (Alexander Nemenova/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Isn’t a Genius. He’s Leonid Brezhnev.

Why Russia’s strongman economy can’t reform.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to a bilateral meeting in Ahmedabad, India, on Sept. 14, 2017. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s Own Belt and Road

Tokyo is ramping up international partnerships and investments to offer an alternative to Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project.

Canadian Foreign Affairs minister Chrystia Freeland speaks after the close of the sixth round of NAFTA meetings, Jan. 29, 2018. (Peter McCabe/AFP/Getty Images)

Canada and Mexico Prepare for Life After NAFTA

Canada and Mexico aren’t bending to U.S. demands, because they’ve got alternative trading partners.

Bitcoin and other financial innovations are proliferating, Jan. 1, 2013. (Zach Copley/Flickr)

U.S. Sanctions Weapon Is Under Threat — but Not From Bitcoin

Forget cryptocurrencies. The real threat to American sanctions power is rapid technological innovation in finance.

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, west of London on Jan. 18. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron the Conqueror

France is back, thanks to a president committed to disrupting politics at home and abroad.

Rural residents near the city of Anshun, China on Feb. 20, 2014. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s War on Poverty Could Hurt the Poor Most

The government is pushing people out of rural squalor — and into urban dependence.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the National Palace in Mexico City on April 24, 2017. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)

Corruption Is Mexico’s Original Sin

Personal enrichment has always been central to Mexico's political system — and only a revolution can change that.

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