The Two Faces of Modern Iran

Massoumeh Ebtekar and Hossein Sheikholeslam both were radical Islamist students who took part in the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Over three decades later, they’re political rivals battling to define the future of the Islamic Republic.


The Hard Lessons of Kunduz and Syria

Why U.S. efforts to train and equip friendly fighters around the world so often fail.


Playing for Time and Ultimate Power in Kabila’s Congo

With elections coming soon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s two-term president is playing a dangerous game to win a third.

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Five Questions for Obama Ahead of Xi Jinping’s Visit

What the United States plans to do when China supplants it as the world's leading economy is the most pressing question in American politics.


Maduro’s Wag the Dog Moment

With tanking poll numbers, an economy in free-fall, and an opposition that's out for blood, is Venezuela's president manufacturing a national crisis to buy himself time?

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Is Argentina’s Presidential Frontrunner the Next Hero of Latin America’s Left?

Daniel Scioli, who won the most votes on Aug. 10 in the first round of Argentina’s presidential primaries, is the apparent favorite of Latin America’s ...

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