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Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, left, speaks to Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman at the Halifax International Security Forum on Nov. 18. (Halifax International Security Forum)

‘Quantum Computing … Changes Everything’

Google’s Eric Schmidt talks to Foreign Policy about the future of technology, security, and killer robots.

US President Donald Trump (C) greets Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) during a luncheon at the United Nations headquarters during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly September 19, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fatal Flaw in Trump’s U.N. Speech Could Be Disastrous for American Power

Urging states to act uncompromisingly in their self-interest is actually not in America’s national interest. 

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25:  Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani reacts to a standing ovation at the conclusion of his address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress March 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Ghani told members of Congress his country owed the United States a 'profound debt' for the more than 2,300 U.S. soldiers who have died to 'advance the cause of freedom'.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In Afghanistan, Reform Can’t Come Fast Enough

The Ghani government is embarking on an ambitious plan to combat corruption and incompetence. It’s going to need America’s help.

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump flashes the thumbs-up as he arrives on stage for the start of the prime time Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN / AFP / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Global Consequences of Trump’s Incompetence

From China to the Gulf to Europe, the world's power players are moving ahead without America.

Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gestures after delivering a televised speech in the capital Tehran on May 20, 2017. A portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen in the background.
Iranians have chosen the "path of engagement with the world" and rejected extremism, President Hassan Rouhani said following his resounding re-election victory. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Regime Change in Iran Would Be a Disaster for Everyone

Donald Trump says Iran is a threat to the region, but his administration might be the real danger.

Photo taken in February 1972 shows New York during a twilight.  / AFP PHOTO / -        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

The Gathering Storm vs. the Crisis of Confidence

Are we entering a redux of the dangerous 1930s or the geopolitical malaise of the 1970s?

South African President and ruling party African National Congress President Jacob Zuma attends an inter-faith prayer held to pray for him on May 14, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / RAJESH JANTILAL        (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Zuma May Have Finally Met the Scandal That Brings Him Down

For South Africa’s polygamist, scandal-plagued president, charisma isn’t enough anymore.

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani speaks during a press conference following a summit on the post-Kadhafi held at the Elysee Palace in Paris on September 1, 2011. France hosts a "Friends of Libya" conference to allow states that stood by during the uprising that ousted Moamer Kadhafi to belatedly back Tripoli's fledgling revolutionary regime. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Palace Intrigue at the Heart of the Qatar Crisis

The Saudis don’t believe the young emir of Qatar is really running the country — and they’re looking for regime change.

(From L to R) Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah, Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash and GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif Bin Rashid al-Zayani pose for a group picture  during a meeting of the Gulf foreign ministers in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on May 17, 2017, a few days ahead of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit.
The summit will be one of three forums held during a visit by US President Donald Trump, who is making Saudi Arabia his first overseas stop since assuming office in January. / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE        (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s No Space for Qatar to Save Face

As the crisis in the Gulf heats up, the impossible demands made by the Saudis and Emiratis virtually ensure that things will get ugly.

A convoy of US forces armoured vehicles drives near the village of Yalanli, on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN        (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is How Great-Power Wars Get Started

Not with a bang, but basic strategic confusion in Washington about the links between Syria, Qatar, Iran, and Russia.

PYONGYANG, March 16, 2016 -- American student Otto Frederick Warmbier, center, is escorted out of the courtroom after his trial in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, on March 16, 2015. American student Otto Frederick Warmbier, held by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for anti-DPRK crimes, the Supreme Court of the DPRK announced Wednesday. (Xinhua/Lu Rui via Getty Images)

North Korea Would Not Hesitate to Kill You

The scariest thing about the death of Otto Warmbier is that the Kim regime doesn’t feel even an ounce of remorse.

La France Insoumise (LFI) leftist party's members of parliament, party leader Jean-Luc Melenchon (Front L), Eric Coquerel (2ndL Rear), Daniele Obono (4thL), Alexis Corbiere (6thL), Adrien Quatennens (Top L), Ugo Bernalicis (7thL Rear), Sabine Rubin (2ndL), Francois Ruffin (3rdR), Bastien Lachaud (8thL), Caroline Fiat (L), Mathilde Pano (Second Row, L), Benedicte Taurine (4th L Front) and Loic Prudhomme (2ndR) pose after they arrived at the French National Assembly on June 20, 2017 in Paris for the welcoming of the elected MPs following the announcement of the results of the second round of the French parliamentary elections (elections legislatives in French).  / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU        (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU Is Alive and Well, But the Referendums Are Coming

After the shock of Brexit, the French election has stabilized the patient in Brussels. But most countries still want a say on membership.

A general view taken on June 11, 2017 shows portraits of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on the back of vehicles and text reading in Arabic: "Tamim the glorious" in Doha after the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar and the other Gulf countries spilled from social media to more traditional forms of media -- all the way back to billboards.

The diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar and other Gulf countries has remained a peaceful one for now, but open warfare has been declared in the media -- both traditional and social. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFAR        (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar Doesn’t Need a Blockade. It Needs an Audit.

This is Doha's chance to curtail its financial support for Al Qaeda – as long as it keeps the receipts.

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