U.S. President Donald Trump, pictured here on Dec. 12, has averted a further escalation of the trade war with China by giving way on some tariffs, but he has yet to tackle any of the underlying irritants in the trade relationship.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Three Takeaways From the Would-Be U.S.-China Trade Deal

At least the United States will avoid more tariffs, but if the deal actually happens it will skirt the real issues and have little to do with Trump’s campaign promises.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, United Kingdom, on Dec. 13, 2019, following his Conservative Party's general election victory.

Boris Johnson’s Victory Is Exactly What the EU Wants

The endless Brexit saga has brought uncertainty, instability, and confusion to Brussels. Now European leaders can get on with business.

Dubai commemorates hosting the 2020 World Expo.

Will Anyone Pay for Uncle Sam’s World Expo Pavilion?

A last-ditch scramble by Trump’s chief diplomat reveals frictions with Congress over how the State Department spends its money.

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Russia Proposes Moving U.N. Meetings to Europe 

Protesting U.S. visa delays for United Nations-based Russian diplomats, Moscow says some U.N. meetings should be held in Geneva or Vienna. 

The annual Appleby Horse Fair

Britain’s Conservatives Pledge to Target Roma

As Britain votes, traveling minorities fear a racist crackdown.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, right, pats Sen. Bernie Sanders on the back

Socialists Will Never Understand Elizabeth Warren

The Democratic candidate is part of a long intellectual tradition that’s gone forgotten in the West: pro-market leftism.

A woman views the artist Refik Anadol’s Archive Dreaming installation, which uses artificial intelligence to visualize nearly 2 million historical Ottoman documents and photographs in Istanbul on May 6, 2017.

Artificial Intelligence Isn’t an Arms Race

And by treating it like one, the United States could miss out on its real potential.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds enter Downing Street as the Conservatives celebrate a sweeping election victory on Dec. 13.

Boris Wins Big

Britain's Conservatives won a commanding majority and a mandate to push through the prime minister's Brexit deal—but other problems lie ahead for Johnson, starting with Scotland.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver speaks to reporters the Pentagon in Washington on May 3.

The Pentagon’s Top Asia Policy Expert Resigns

Randy Schriver’s departure creates another vacancy in the department’s senior leadership.

Afghan security forces take part in an ongoing operation against Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, on Nov. 25.

Why the ‘Afghanistan Papers’ Matter

Newly released interviews on the U.S. war reveal the coordinated spin effort and dodgy metrics behind a forever war.

A woman reads a book in a bookstore in Beijing on Nov. 7, 2017.

Why Is China Burning Books?

A report that Chinese officials destroyed books and religious texts at a state-run library has sparked online outrage.

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In the Magazine

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Why Trade Wars Are Inevitable

Trump’s trade wars aren’t just about him or China—but global economic imbalances that the next U.S. administration will still have to address.

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The Internet Broke the News Industry—and Can Fix It, Too

The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media.

Repent for Your Frequent Flyer Miles!

Feeling guilty for the carbon burned on your last flight? The Germans have a word for that.

The Women Who Shaped Obama’s Foreign Policy

Two new memoirs by Samantha Power and Susan Rice show how idealists became insiders—and what was lost along the way.

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U.S. President Donald Trump pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Nov. 26

10 Things in the World to Be Thankful for in 2019

Be grateful for Greta Thunberg, Emmanuel Macron—and the fact that things aren’t as bad as they could be.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 13 in Washington.

Trump Is Happy to Seem Weak Next to Erdogan

The benefits of their personal relationship are clear for the Turkish president. But the U.S. president has his reasons, too.

A H7N9 bird flu patient is treated in a hospital in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province, on Feb 12, 2017.

The Real Reason to Panic About China’s Plague Outbreak

It’s not the disease that’s worrisome—it’s the Chinese government’s response to it.

Christine Lagarde and Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann

Germany Chooses Economic Nostalgia Over Saving the Planet

Central bankers are recognizing they have the power and responsibility to fight climate change. The Bundesbank would rather not.

Galleries

People run away from tear gas during a national general strike in Paris on Dec. 5. BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A general strike in France, pollution in India, and a NATO family photo in London.

Celebration after the Berlin Wall opening on Nov. 11, 1989. Patrick Piel/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

30 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Celebration and uncertainty in Germany as communism crumbled on Nov. 9, 1989.

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