Richard Holbrooke stands next to U.S. General Stanlely McChrystal, head of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, before the arrival of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Nov. 18, 2009  in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Heart and Hypocrisy of the American Empire

Richard Holbrooke was a symbol of his country’s promise as a superpower—and its decline.

David Wang, executive director of Huawei's board, at the Huawei Beijing Executive Briefing Centre in Beijing on May 15, 2019. (

Huawei Ban Means the End of Global Tech

As the United States and China square off, firms will be forced to decouple.

Students wave US and Chinese flags as they send off US First Lady Melania Trump and China's First Lady Peng Liyuan after their visit to the Banchang Primary School in Beijing on November 9, 2017.

Universities Aren’t Ready for Trade War Casualties

American schools have become dependent on Chinese student money.

Crimean Tatars light candles during a memorial ceremony in Kiev on May 18, 2016, in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the deportation of the indigenous population of Crimea by the Soviet Union.

Who Will Speak for the Tatars?

When Russia seized Crimea in 2014, a crackdown on the Muslim minority ensued.

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Britain Is Making Sexual Harassment a Hate Crime

A shift in how police departments handle complaints about men could save the lives of countless women.

G7 leaders pose for a photo during the G7 summit in Sicily on May 26, 2017.

U.S. Quietly Waters Down Another Communique on Gender Equality

This time it’s a G7 joint statement ahead of a meeting of national leaders in August.

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a Chinese-backed building boom in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in November 2018. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Catching China by the Belt (and Road)

How Washington can beat Beijing’s global influence campaign.

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India Has a Mindset Problem

Jugaad once symbolized immense potential, but the endless shortcuts are now holding the country back.

The Spycraft Revolution

Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance.

The Spies Who Came In From the Continent

How Brexit could spell the end of Britain’s famed advantage in intelligence.

Voices

Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerges from the voting booth before casting his vote in the countries parliamentary and presidential election on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived

The country’s political system doesn't deserve the laments it’s recently received.

Richard Holbrooke at the Joint Summit on Business and AIDS in China on March 18, 2005 in Beijing, China.

Once Upon a Time, Americans Believed in America

A new biography of Richard Holbrooke is a portrait of an era when the United States was at the center of the world—and assumed it should be.

A poster from a protest against President Donald Trump in New York City on Nov. 9, 2016.

Donald Trump and Swine Fever Are Creating an Economic Crisis

A deadly outbreak in China and trade tariffs in the United States are threatening to send global markets into a tailspin.

National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit in New York on Sept. 25, 2018.

If Nobody Knows Your Iran Policy, Does It Even Exist?

The Trump administration’s top foreign-policy priority is the Islamic Republic—but it’s unclear to what end.

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A Palestinian family break their Ramadan fast next to their house that was destroyed in the recent confrontation between Hamas and Israel in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 8. SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images

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