Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016. / AFP / SPUTNIK / ALEXEI DRUZHININ        (Photo credit should read ALEXEI DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Theresa May Should Go After Putin’s Debt

The Russian government's greatest weakness is its dependence on Western investors.

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston on Aug. 29, 2009. (Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images)

The Middle East’s Age of Innocence Is Over

The traditional object of the West’s romantic foreign-policy visions is now the graveyard of its idealism.

Vladimir Putin in front of a map of Arab countries on April 27, 2005 in Cairo. 27 April 2005 in Cairo. (YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Middle East Needs a Steady Boyfriend

Arab countries suddenly find Vladimir Putin attractive because they feel neglected by Washington.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  attending an art performance dedicated to nuclear scientists and technicians. (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Give North Korea All the Prestige It Wants

Donald Trump can afford the humiliation of negotiating with Kim Jong Un.

Rex Tillerson U.S. arrives in Mexico City on February 1, 2018. (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Rex Tillerson Proved CEOs Are DOA in Washington

The secretary of state's rocky tenure showed why politics should stop head-hunting business leaders.

U.S. Defense Chariman Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford attend a ceremony to commemorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon September 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 
(Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

America’s Military Is Nostalgic for World Wars

The Pentagon is a bit too excited about the return of great-power rivalry.

Vladimir Putin talks to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev before a press conference in Germany. (JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images)

I Knew the Cold War. This Is No Cold War.

Everyone's favorite historical analogy makes for disastrous foreign policy today.

Impersonators of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un pose during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.  (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Trump-Kim Summit Won’t End Well

This is no way to run nuclear diplomacy.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

The full moon rises behind one of the Kremlin ruby stars in Moscow on March 1. During a two-hour speech to a joint sitting of both houses of parliament Russia's President Vladimir Putin claimed his country has developed a new array of nuclear weapons that are invincible. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin’s Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile Is Bigger Than Trump’s

There’s no point in competing with Russia’s new trove of bizarre doomsday devices.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich introduces Donald Trump during a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio. (John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Democracy Is Dying by Natural Causes

From Nazis to Newt Gingrich, a brief survey of the many ways government-by-the-people can perish from the earth.

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.

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.

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.

Performers entertain the crowd during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

And the Gold Medal for Vomiting Goes to…

There’s a sudden outbreak of the nasty, fast-spreading norovirus — right near South Korea’s Olympic Village

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