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Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush stand side by side after Obama was sworn in as the 44th president in Washington on Jan. 20, 2009. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Foreign Officials See Bush and Obama in Trump

From an international perspective, the 45th president doesn't seem like a bolt from the blue.

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.

Korean People's Army soldiers watch a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15, 2017. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

5 Myths About Trump’s North Korea Policy

America’s North Korea strategy shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but that hasn't stopped critics from distorting the problem.

Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS Brett McGurk  during a Pentagon briefing in Arlington, VA, on May 19, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Ready to Scrap Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition

With the Islamic State on the brink of military defeat, the State Department is poised to eliminate the office charged with coordinating the fight.

An Iranian woman prays as she attends Christmas Eve mass at the St Joseph Armenian Catholic church in Tehran on Dec. 24, 2016.        (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Turns Away Iranian Christians

Despite White House promises and U.S. legal protections for religious minorities, Washington rejects appeal for asylum from more than 100 Iranian Christians.

U.S. President Donald Trump brandishes a sword during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission delivers a speech at the 2018 Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, in Munich, Germany. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Spy Chiefs Descend on Munich Confab in Record Numbers

An annual security gathering in Munich has become the new hot spot for top intelligence officials meeting in the shadows of a public event.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, speak to the media following talks in Berlin on June 27, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Europe’s Sanctions-Blocking Threats Are Empty

When it comes to Iran sanctions, the EU must satisfy Trump’s demands. Access to the U.S. financial system hangs in the balance.

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.

North Korean soldiers watch a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance

Too much engagement with North Korea could derail the White House’s promising approach.

A woman reads names on a commemorative plaque during a memorial ceremony for victims of an Islamic State attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, on June 28, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s Fatal Blind Spot

The real threat to Turkey isn’t the Kurds. It’s the Islamic State.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem on Nov. 18, 2014. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Bibi Is Burning Down the House

Faced with legal threats, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t hesitate to sow doubt, chaos, and confusion in order to remain in power.

Foreign ministers during the international conference for Iraq reconstruction in Kuwait City, on Feb. 14. (Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was

The $30 billion pledged toward reconstruction in Iraq was more than some expected, but still short of the total needed to rebuild the country.

US Secretary for Defense James Mattis in Brussels on February 14, 2018. (VIRGINIA MAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again

The Pentagon always complains for more money – and politicians always eventually give in.

U.S. and Turkish flags are seen together on February 14 in Istanbul.  (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late

McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson are having tough conversations with Turkish counterparts.

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