A decorative plate featuring an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind statues of late communist leader Mao Zedong at a souvenir store next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on February 27. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

The Rise and Fall of Soft Power

Joseph Nye’s concept lost relevance, but China could bring it back.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk during a news conference in Brussels on March 22. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Europe’s Donald Can Fight Dirty, Too

Donald Tusk is the mild-mannered president of a quiet EU institution—and the West’s loudest voice against populism.

Lim Zheng Jie Wo, 76, scavenges in a back lane of the financial district in Singapore on January 5, 2009. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood Has No Time for Crazy Poor Asians

Asian-American politics don't translate on screen into sensitivity to Singapore's real issues.

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Botched CIA Communications System Helped Blow Cover of Chinese Agents

The number of informants executed in the debacle is higher than initially thought.

The State Department's director of policy planning and new head of the Iran Action Group, Brian Hook, speaks during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Creates New Team to Pressure Iran

The new unit will be led by one of the State Department’s most powerful officials.

Gen. Charles de Gaulle leads a triumphant procession down Champs-Élysées as part of the celebration of the liberation of Paris. To the right of de Gaulle is Gen. Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, commander of the French Armored Division. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

The European Union Needs Its Own Charles de Gaulle

There’s nothing wrong with today’s EU that France’s legendary 20th-century leader didn’t see coming—and didn’t try to fix when he had the chance.

Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump Escalates Feud With Former CIA Chief Brennan

Four questions on security clearances and their value in Washington.

Voices

Yemenis gather next to the destroyed bus at the site of a Saudi-led coalition air strike, that targeted the Dahyan market the previous day in the Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 10, 2018. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is Committing War Crimes and Doesn’t Even Know Why

The United States has spent far more time obscuring its role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen than in explaining any rationale for it.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the opening ceremony at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Is the First President to Get Turkey Right

Good riddance to the so-called strategic relationship between Washington and Ankara.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron (hidden), US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chat at the belvedere of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily.
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A Playbook for Taming Donald Trump

Four strategies that other countries can use to deal with a suddenly unpredictable superpower.

Podcasts

White supremacists demonstrate on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 11, 2017. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

He Didn’t Know the Klan Handshake. It Almost Cost Him His Life.

On our podcast: Journalist Vegas Tenold describes the six years he spent with white supremacists.

Galleries

Chase Erickson of the United States stretches as he prepares to compete in the Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo on Aug. 10 in Mount Isa, Australia. Established in 1959, the rodeo is the richest in the southern hemisphere and attracts contestants from all parts of the world. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Cowboys in Australia, protests in Argentina, and the Gay Games in France.

Citizens hide from Zimbabwean soldiers in the streets of Harare on Aug. 1 after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. ALEX MCBRIDE /AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Zimbabwe, soldiers’ remains in Hawaii, and a fringe festival in Scotland.

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Learning to Work With Robots

AI will change everything. Workers must adapt — or else.

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How Venezuela Struck It Poor

The tragic — and totally avoidable — self-destruction of one of the world’s richest oil economies.

The Hidden Benefits of Uber

Gig work offers a leg up in the developing world.

There’s No Such Thing as a Stable Career

Job insecurity has always been a fact of life. Just ask chimney sweeps, lectors, and telephone operators.