Venezuela's bizarre system of currency controls makes no economic sense. Yet President Nicolás Maduro is determined to keep it.
The Kurds are on the verge of getting a homeland of their own. If they do, the Middle East will never be the same.
The controversial Keystone pipeline had been in legal limbo, giving Obama a way out of a six-year headache. But a Nebraska court has thrown that hot potato right back in his lap.
Well, it's said as much, but the real reason for the flood of new Saudi oil is more complicated.
Market fundamentals point to a continued slide in oil prices. But the deck is stacked with jokers, and they're mostly wild.
Simple: to undermine Tehran.
Will Maduro be the first political victim of sinking oil prices?
John Hudson is a staff writer for Foreign Policy where he chases down stories from Foggy Bottom to the White House, the Pentagon to Embassy Row. Between 2009 and 2012, John covered politics and global affairs for The Atlantic Wire. In 2008, he covered the August War between Russia and Georgia for Salon.com and other news outlets. Over the years, he's dug up resignation-causing FEC documents; unmasked world-famous Internet trolls; exposed bizarre Photoshopping by government media; and revealed a secret Iranian military facility. John's weakness is cold craft beer from his birthplace of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He's appeared on MSNBC, BBC, C-SPAN, Fox News radio, and other broadcast outlets.