U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order to start the Mexico border wall project at the Department of Homeland Security facility in Washington, D.C., on January 25, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

With Emergency Declaration, Trump Sticks by His Populist Persona

Trump will continue targeting immigrants, while the Democrats will target the rich. Success in 2020 will depend on the messaging.

President Donald Trump salutes while joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a military carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, Jan. 19, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

All This Should Remind You of the Run-Up to the Iraq War

The march to war against Iran is echoing the drumbeats of America's last major Middle Eastern invasion.

Konstantin Khabensky in Trotsky. (Sreda Production Company

‘Trotsky’ Is an Icepick to the Heart of Soviet History

The Russian-produced Netflix series is selling worrying myths to the public.

A decade of Global Thinkers

A decade of Global Thinkers

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Engineers from the 937th Clearance Company prepare to place concertina wire on the Arizona-Mexico border wall on Dec. 1, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Corey Maisch)

Trump Declares National Emergency in ‘Slap in the Face to Military Families’

The president will divert billions that would have gone to military construction projects.

Chef José Andrés stirs paella in a giant pan during the #ChefsForPuertoRico relief operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2017. (World Central Kitchen)

Paellas for the People

On the podcast: How chef José Andrés feeds the needy around the world.

President Andry Rajoelina reviews the troops during his inauguration ceremony  Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on Jan. 19.

Labeling Elections ‘Good Enough’ Lets African Leaders Get Away With Fraud

Setting the bar too low for African democracies, as the international community did in Madagascar, encourages electoral manipulation and bad governance.

Vehicles burn along a road during a protest in Jammu on Feb. 15, the day after an attack on a Central Reserve Police Force convoy in Pulwama, Kashmir. (Rakesh Bakshi/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Has No More Excuses for Supporting Terrorism

A murderous attack in Kashmir rocks relationships throughout Asia.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

The Fearless Girl statue looks up at Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture in New York on March 29, 2018.  (Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The End of Economics?

Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are.

Firefighters try to control a blaze as it spreads toward the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston in California on July 31, 2018. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Climate Crisis

The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future.

Understanding Trump’s Trade War

This year will show what the president really wants. Here’s what to watch for.

Springtime for Strongmen

The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way.

Voices

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, speaks in Washington on Feb. 7. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

How (and How Not) to Talk About the Israel Lobby

There’s a difference between fair and unfair criticisms of AIPAC—and it’s time everyone, including AIPAC, acknowledges it.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and former President Barack Obama at the Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 5, 2018. (Alex Brandon/Getty Images)

Trump Is America’s First Contradiction-in-Chief

The United States has never had a military leader as bold, naive, and arrogant as the current president.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tours the German submarine, U33, on Aug. 31, 2006 in Warnemuende, Germany. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Why Some Countries Are Pathologically Shy

Six reasons some powerful states punch below their weight for lengthy periods.

Donald Trump eats pizza at his office in Trump Tower on April 1, 2005 in New York City. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

The Middle East Doesn’t Admire America Anymore

What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about U.S. power in the Arab world.

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