March 2019

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How Alberta Won the Rat Race

One Canadian province has virtually eliminated its vermin—and shows how others can too.

Photos gathered from social media and friends of the ethnic Kyrgyz students gone missing in China.

Kyrgyz Students Vanish Into Xinjiang’s Maw

Musicians, folklorists, and storytellers disappear after being forced back to China.

Rafi Eitan, who was a member of the Mossad team that captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960, waves to photographers during an exhibition at the Knesset in Jerusalem on December 12, 2011, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the verdict against Eichmann, who was instrumental in the planning and execution the Holocaust.

Remembering Israel’s Most Celebrated Spy

Rafi Eitan was no 007. He was far more cunning.

In Istanbul's Sariyer district, people wave flags as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a campaign rally on March 29.
 (Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

What’s at stake in Turkey’s local elections, and how the United States drives out Chinese talent.

Supporters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko at a pre-election rally in Kiev on March 29. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s Election Will Test the Strength of Its Democracy

The outcome of the vote is not nearly as important as the quality of the electoral process.

A boy points at cardboard cutouts depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin  and presidential candidates Yulia Tymoshenko and Oleksandr Shevchenko during a protest in Kiev on March 29. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s Election Is a Mess—and That’s Exactly What Putin Wants

A chaotic campaign, feuding oligarchs, and Russian disinformation efforts have combined to shake public faith in the electoral process.

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen behind a military band upon his arrival in Algiers, Algeria on Dec. 2, 2018. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images)

Arab Regimes Are the World’s Most Powerful Islamophobes

Middle Eastern governments have forged alliances with right-wing groups in the West dedicated to anti-Islam bigotry.

A protester holds up a poster depicting the Earth as a crying eye during a demonstration in Berlin on March 22. (Christoph Soeder/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Talk to a Populist About Climate Change

Thirty percent of global emissions come from countries led by populist nationalist leaders. Current climate policy approaches are ill-suited for these regimes. Here’s an alternative.

Smoke and fire billow after a shelling on the Islamic State’s last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on March 3. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside the Fall of the Islamic State

On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.

China's President Xi Jinping (L), Mongolia's President Khaltmaagiin Battulga (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) attend the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Mongolia’s President Is Slicing Away Its Hard-Won Democracy

Corruption and recession have helped push the nation toward strongman rule.

A member of the Malian Army at the military base in Anderamboukane, Menaka region, on March 22. (Agnes Coudurier/AFP/Getty Images)

Radical Islamists Have Opened a New Front in Mali

Local grievances are behind the recent violence in the country. Jihadis are hoping to exploit them to build a caliphate.

A man carries a piece of the  Lion Air flight JT 610 wreckage which is being moved to another location for further investigation at the Tanjung Priok port on November 2, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia..  (Photo by Ed Wray/Getty Images)

Asia’s Airlines Are on Course for More Disasters

Cheap flights are pushing the limits of regulation .

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Dec. 20, 2012. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Iran Policy Is ‘Untethered to History’

Veteran diplomat William Burns on the U.S. president, Putin, Iraq, and the “militarization” of American diplomacy.

Anti-Brexit activists demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, on March 28 (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

In or Out? In Brexit Finale, It’s No Longer Clear What Brits Want

Leavers say a revote would be undemocratic, but polls now put them in the minority.

Kelley Currie, the U.S. representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, attends a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York City on April 5, 2018. (Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

High-Wire Act Ahead for Trump’s New Women’s Rights Envoy

Tough but torn, Kelley Eckels Currie must find a way to balance her loyalties.

Presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova (C) waits for the first exit polls at her election headquarters during the first round of the presidential elections in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 16, 2019.

Can Zuzana Caputova Save Slovakia?

A political newcomer is poised to become president by standing up for liberal democratic values—and seeking to halt the spread of right-wing populism across Central and Eastern Europe.

Hsue-Shen Tsien, left, confers with his lawyer, Grant B. Cooper, during his deportation hearing on Nov. 16, 1950. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

The Man Who Took China to Space

Hsue-Shen Tsien was driven out of the United States by political paranoia. Will the same happen to a new generation of Chinese talent?

Books about Chinese President Xi Jinping are displayed at the Beijing International Book Fair in Beijing on Aug. 23, 2018. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Burning Books Again

Censors are on the lookout for political mistakes—even in print runs for foreigners.

Special counsel Robert Mueller and his wife, Ann Mueller, walk in Washington on March 24. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Mueller’s Most Lasting Legacy May Be on K Street

The special counsel’s investigation has upended Washington’s influence industry.

Israeli Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev (C), Mohamed Bin Thaaloob al-Derai, President of UAE Wrestling Judo, and Kickboxing Federation (L) and International Judo Federation President Marius Vizer (R) chat during the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Judo tournament in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi on October 27, 2018.

How the Gulf States Got in Bed With Israel and Forgot About the Palestinian Cause

Benjamin Netanyahu is building ties with anti-Iran Arab leaders from Riyadh to Doha and betting that a peace deal is no longer a necessary prerequisite for normalizing diplomatic ties.

A campaign portrait of Dutch far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD) party Thierry Baudet is pictured next to alcool bottles during a provincial elections party electoral gathering in Zeist on March 20, 2019. - Netherland's Prime Minister is set to lose his majority in parliament's upper house after FvD surged in today's provincial elections, according to an exit poll. (Photo by Bart Maat / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read BART MAAT/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Face of the Dutch Far-Right

Thierry Baudet once called politicians brain-dead. Now his upstart white nationalist movement has eclipsed Geert Wilders and won more Senate seats than the prime minister’s party.

Activists of Al-Badr Mujahideen shout anti-Indian slogans during a protest in Peshawar on Feb. 28. (Abdul Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Doesn’t Want Modi to Win

A BJP victory in India’s upcoming election could spell more trouble for the relationship.

U.S. President Donald Trump poses with sword dancers ahead of a banquet in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Salvage U.S.-Saudi Relations

Like it or not, Washington’s ties with Riyadh still matter.

U.S. President Bill Clinton listens as Japanese Emperor Akihito speaks to those attending the formal welcoming ceremony held for himself and Empress Michiko on the White House lawn on June 13, 1994. (Joshua Roberts/AFP/Getty Images)

Goodbye to Japan’s Foreign Relations Emperor

Akihito spent his reign promoting better relations with Japan’s neighbors.

Art depicting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump is on display at local stores during their summit in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Linh Pham/Getty Images)

Trump and Kim Need to Go Small

Hanoi flopped because of unrealistic expectations.

An anti-Brexit Boris Johnson lookalike drapes himself over the hood of a car as he demonstrates outside parliament on Dec. 11, 2018 in London. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

This Is What ‘Taking Back Control’ Looks Like

Brexiteers wanted the United Kingdom to control its own destiny. They got the opposite.

Finnish F-18 Hornet planes at Rovaniemi airport during a joint exercise between the Finnish and the Swedish air forces over the Arctic Circle on March 25, 2019.

Scandinavia Won’t Be Russia’s Next Target

Mikheil Saakashvili’s country was a victim of Putin’s aggression. Finland and Sweden won’t be.

Foreign-policy advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign George Papadopoulos and his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, arrive at U.S. District Court for his sentencing in Washington on Sept. 7, 2018. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Second Coming of George Papadopoulos

Patient zero in the Mueller investigation is back with a well-timed book.

U.S. teleevangelist John Hagee attends a Christian United For Israel summit in Jerusalem, on March 8, 2010. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Islamophobia Is Forged at the Pulpit

White evangelicals’ apocalyptic fantasies are driving U.S. policy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech next to a model dinosaur during the opening ceremony of the Wonderland Eurasia theme park in Ankara on March 20, 2019. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Is Weak. And Invincible.

Turkey’s president has rarely been so unpopular. He’s likely to dominate this week’s local elections anyway.

Two men walk through smoke from burning plastic waste in Beijing on January 11, 2012. (LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Burning Away Its Ecological Future

Chinese cities have a garbage problem — but incineration is no solution.

A mural depicting a winking Russian President Vladimir Putin taking off a Donald Trump mask is painted on a storefront outside of the Levee bar in Brooklyn on Feb. 25, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Collusion or No, Russia’s Reaction to Mueller Report Echoes Trump’s

Kremlin seeks to argue that it’s as innocent as the U.S. president.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace during a ceremonial reception in New Delhi on Feb. 20. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi’s Middle East Deals Snub Iran

India's newly aggressive strategy puts Gulf money and Israeli weapons first.

A passenger in a tram looks at flowers displayed near the scene of the fatal shooting in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on March 19. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

The Netherlands’ Luck Is Running Out

The terrorist attack in Utrecht may be a sign of what’s to come.

Quotes from the Quran decorate the walls outside the mosque in Mamichang village in Yunnan province, China, on Jan. 4. (Li Yuwei for Foreign Policy)

Love Allah, Love China

Chinese Muslims are struggling to follow their faith amid a growing crackdown.

Followers of Evangelical Pastor John Hagee chant slogans in support of Israel as they wave Israeli and U.S. flags during a rally in Jerusalem on April 7, 2008.

Trump Is Too Pro-Netanyahu for His Own Base

The love affair between the U.S. president and Israeli prime minister might play well at this week’s AIPAC conference, but it doesn’t necessarily reflect Republican voters’ views.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and then-army chief of staff Benny Gantz during a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2014.

Netanyahu Might Be the Best Hope for Israel’s Center-Left

For Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, joining a Likud-led government could be a more appealing option than the alternative.

A domestic constructed guided missile corvette ship launches flares during a drill at sea near the naval port in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Jan. 27, 2016. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Scare Tactics Prompt U.S. Fears of a Clash Over Taiwan

American military officials in the Pacific worry that U.S. and Chinese interests could collide in the island democracy.

A woman walks past a giant election billboard showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb 3. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

How Bibi’s Bestie at the White House Is Helping Him Win the Israeli Election

With a political gift and a photo-op, Trump signals whose side he’s on.

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 16, 2013. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

And Now the Mueller Backlash Begins

With Trump somewhat vindicated by the special counsel, chances of impeachment are dimming.

Construction of the Faisal Mosque in the foothills of Margalla Hills of Islamabad, Pakistan, began in 1976 after a grant from Saudi King Faisal, whose name the mosque bears. (Muhammed Semih Ugurlu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Extremism Is Riyadh’s Top Export

Saudi Arabia is fighting for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  talks with soldiers as he stands near a naval Iron Dome defense systeminstalled on a Sa'ar 5 Lahav Class corvette of the Israeli Navy fleet, in the northern  port of Haifa on Feb. 12.

China Is Spying On Israel to Steal U.S. Secrets

Benjamin Netanyahu ignored the intelligence operations of Beijing and Moscow for too long. Now, the Israeli government is finally paying attention, but it could be too late.

Photographers outside the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on March 22, after special counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General William Barr. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The Mueller Report Is a Test for the United States

As the world looks on, it’s up to Washington to demonstrate the strength of its institutions.

Locals in Auckland, New Zealand, pay their respects on March 22, a week after the Christchurch mosque shootings. (Michelle Hyslop/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

Pakistan’s military boom is an economic bust, and looking back on the Christchurch attack.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed holds a press conference in Addis Ababa on Aug. 25, 2018. (Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images)

Abiy Ahmed Should Be a Natural Friend for the United States

Seeking the right partners is just as important as avoiding the wrong ones.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a bilateral meeting during the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Offers Clumsy Olive Branch to North Korea

Experts say the U.S. president seems desperate to rescue his promise of a nuclear deal.

An Israeli flag is seen placed on Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis Ross: Trump’s Golan Giveaway ‘Makes It Harder’ to Achieve Peace

The president gave away much and got nothing in return, longtime U.S. diplomat says.

An Oryx helicopter from the South African National Defence Force flies a relief airdrop mission over the flooded area around Beira, Mozambique, on March 20. International aid agencies raced to rescue survivors and meet spiraling humanitarian needs in three countries battered by Cyclone Idai. (Maryke Vermaak/AFP/Getty Images)

Cyclone Idai: Mapping Mozambique’s Catastrophic ‘Inland Ocean’

The historic tropical storm killed hundreds and left an area of more than 800 square miles covered in water.

Honduran migrants protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City on April 12, 2018. (Alfre-do Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)The caravan, which prompted fury from US President Donald Trump, assembled on the border with Guatemala on March 25 but started breaking up in southern Mexico after organizers said it had abandoned its goal of reaching the US border and would end its activities with the rally in Mexico City. / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA        (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Senate is Hollowing Out the United States’ Diplomatic Corps

To protect U.S. national security, the United States needs to rethink the way the government approves diplomats.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Kremlin in Moscow, on Dec. 19, 2012. (Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement

Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?

Workers spray contaminated houses within the “no-go” cordon around Chernobyl (Igor Kostin/Sygma via Getty Images)

Meltdown at Chernobyl

On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

Indian Muslims hold a scratched photo of Masood Azhar as they shout slogans against Pakistan during a protest in Mumbai on Feb. 15. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Masood Azhar Is China’s Favorite Terrorist

Beijing’s U.N. block sent a signal—and a warning—to Pakistan.

Participants at a gay pride festival in Prague celebrate on Aug. 17, 2013. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Can the Czech Republic Tear Down Europe’s Rainbow Curtain?

Eastern Europe has long resisted same-sex marriage. Prague might be about to change that.

Pakistan Air Force cadets march next to the mausoleum of the country’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to mark Defense Day in Karachi on Sept. 6, 2018. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Poor Nation, Rich Army

This Republic Day, Pakistan should consider why it remains underdeveloped as its military booms.

Indian devotees and foreign tourists take part in Holi festival celebrations in Pushkar, India, on March 2, 2018. (Shaukat Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month, and will be celebrated on March 2 this year. / AFP PHOTO / Shaukat Ahmed        (Photo credit should read SHAUKAT AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)

International Relations Theory Doesn’t Understand Culture

The main schools of thought still cling to an outdated understanding of how civilizations work.

Idaho Army National Guard and Montana Army National Guard Soldiers from the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team conduct a live-fire exercise with Royal Thai Army Soldiers at the Cavalry Center in Thailand’s Saraburi province on Aug. 28, 2018. (Department of Defense Photo)

A Rising China Is Driving the U.S. Army’s New Game Plan in the Pacific

New missiles and large-scale exercises part of long-term strategy to deter Beijing.

Seungri (C), a former member of the K-pop boy group BIGBANG, bows as he arrives for questioning over criminal allegations at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul on March 14. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

K-Pop’s Sexual Assault Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Celebrities’ crimes are pushing South Korea’s reckoning with misogyny.

Derek Tait, a biker and pastor prepares to speak to a crowd of people before the haka was performed as a tribute to victims in Christchurch on March 20, 2019, five days after the twin mosque shootings. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

White Supremacism Isn’t Insanity

If you want to stop terrorists like New Zealand’s mosque shooter, the first step is to try to understand what they’re saying.

A pro-Brexit activist holds a placard outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 20.

Why Europe Should Reject Theresa May’s Brexit Extension

If Britain remains in the European Union due to a botched Brexit, its demands for special treatment will end up wrecking the EU.

A Soyuz-FG rocket booster carrying a spacecraft with Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina H. Koch lifts off from Kazakhstan on March 14. (Sergei Savostyanov/TASS/Getty Images)

Trump’s Space Force Gets the Final Frontier All Wrong

A new space race may be on, but the United States should opt for peaceful exploration rather than military presence.

Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters legislative conference in Washington on March 12.

Uncle Joe Is Ready to Run the World

Joe Biden is the only candidate for the White House with a foreign-policy philosophy that’s proven to work.

A partial view of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, is reflected in the visor of a U.S. Army helicopter crew member as he looks out of a  Chinook helicopter flying  from the U.S. Embassy to Baghdad International airport on Jan. 9. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq Prepares to Evict U.S. Troops

Pro-Iran factions are pushing for the move just as the Islamic State is starting to hit back.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sit at a working dinner meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017. (Matt Dunham/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Wants NATO’s Eyes on China

The Trump administration says countering Beijing’s cyber and commercial power should be a priority for the alliance.

Three Boeing 737 Max 8 planes from Shanghai Airlines parked at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport on March 11, 2019.

Boeing’s Crisis Strengthens Beijing’s Hand

In its trade standoff with the United States, China’s Ace could be the 737 Max.

More than 3,000 students draw together at Hubei University during a mock college entrance exam for art on October 29, 2017 in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. (Photo by VCG/Getty Images)

How Rich Chinese Parents Get Their Kids Into U.S. Colleges

Americans aren’t the only one paying for the process.

A pro-European Union protester holds U.K. and European flags in front of Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster in central London on Sept. 13, 2017. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Brexit Is Europe’s Finest Hour

The British debacle is shoring up the EU center as it heads into critical May elections.

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 7, 2018. (Greg Baker-Pool/Getty Images)

Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan

The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.

A staff member of Huawei uses her mobile phone at the Huawei Digital Transformation Showcase in Shenzhen, in China's Guangdong province, on March 6. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

For Africa, Chinese-Built Internet Is Better Than No Internet at All

The need for web access has driven African countries to Huawei despite U.S. concerns.

People attend a rally for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on March 17. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty)

Ukraine’s Poroshenko Paradox

In upcoming elections, the incumbent president may well lose to a man who plays one on TV.

President Donald Trump leaves the East Room of the White House after a summit as senior adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump, and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner look on May 18, 2018 in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

America’s Corruption Is a National Security Threat

Donald Trump is one symptom of a wider problem that’s making the United States weaker on the international stage.

A woman sits in front of a riot police cordon after a standoff during a demonstration against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic outside the presidential building in Belgrade, on March 17, 2019.

Serbia’s Protests Aren’t the Beginning of a Balkan Spring

Demonstrations against Aleksandar Vucic’s authoritarian government won’t achieve anything until the opposition can present a coherent alternative.

Several hundred white supremacists carrying tiki torches march through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Aug. 11, 2017. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Neo-Nazis Bet Big on Bitcoin (And Lost)

How the far-right's failed cryptocurrency gamble became a bad joke for the Christchurch killer.

Local fishermen’s boats moor at Berbera port, in the breakaway territory of Somaliland, on July 21, 2018. (Mustafa Saeed/AFP/Getty Images)

For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits?

Interest in the Horn of Africa from foreign powers has always been a double-edged sword.

A stairwell at Fatih University in Istanbul on March 7, 2013. (Photo by Monique Jaques/Corbis/Getty Images)

The Geography of Gulenism in Turkey

As trials against the Gulen movement wrap up, a look at how deep its influence really was.

A Syrian force’s artillery observer looks through a scope as smoke plumes rise on the horizon, near Hama, on April 1, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)Syrian government forces and allies regained most of the territory they lost earlier during an assault by rebels and jihadists launched on March 21, 2017 in the country's centre, reported the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor on March 31, 2017. 
Hama province is of strategic importance to President Bashar al-Assad, as it separates opposition forces in the northwestern province of Idlib from Damascus to the south and from the regime's coastal heartlands to the west. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER        (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The State of War

The world is more peaceful than ever, except when it comes to state violence against citizens.

Fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seen at a position in the village of Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq, in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 15, 2019. (Delil Suleiman/ AFP/Getty Images)

Syria’s Civil War Is Now 3 Civil Wars

The fight to depose Assad is over. The battle over his regime’s boundaries has no end in sight.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) leaves after an inspection of a mock-up F35A fighter  during a review ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Hyakuri air base Ibaraki prefecture on Oct. 26, 2014.

The Japanese Air Force Needs an Upgrade

Faced with China’s increasing aggression, Japan must invest in fifth-generation fighter jets to deter Beijing’s expansion.

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a speech during the celebration marking the 40th anniversary of China’s “reform and opening up” policy in Beijing on Dec. 18, 2018. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Economic Black Box

Beijing’s recent GDP downgrade shows that it is serious about fixing its data problem.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2nd R) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (R) shake hands in front of a shinkansen train during their inspection at a bullet train manufacturing plant in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture on November 12, 2016.(JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Modi’s Bullet Train Dreams Are Hitting Rural Roadblocks

With elections coming soon, land rights are getting in the way of an easy political win.

People lay flowers and notes to pay tribute to those killed in a shooting the day before at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16. (Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Christchurch Has Seen Trauma Before—Just Not Like This

The quiet New Zealand city has endured natural disaster. But until March 15, it had never faced an unnatural one.

Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik makes a Nazi salute before his appeal hearing at a court at the Telemark prison in Skien, Norway, on Jan. 10, 2017.

The Dark Web Enabled the Christchurch Killer

The attack in New Zealand was inspired in part by the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, but the real threat is lone wolves lurking in the far corners of the Internet.

Mourners gather outside the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia after a 28-year-old Australian-born man, Brenton Tarrant, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Saturday charged with murder for killing 49 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attack is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.

The Inspiration for Terrorism in New Zealand Came From France

The gunman who massacred Muslims was inspired by ideas that have circulated for decades on the French far-right.

Young men pay their respects to the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 16. (Tessa Burrows/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

This week, New Zealand saw its worst-ever terrorist attack, and Boeing aircraft around the world were grounded.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan attends a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on March 14. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Pentagon’s Empty Throne

Patrick Shanahan, America’s longest-serving acting defense secretary, faces an increasingly hostile Senate.

A security official stands guard near the Al Noor mosque after a shooting in Christchurch on March 15. (Tessa Burrows/AFP)

How the Christchurch Shooter Played the World’s Media

Friday’s shooting in New Zealand was a terrorist attack conceived for the internet era.

Flowers left near the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 16. (Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

FP’s Guide to Islamophobia

In light of the terrorist attack on New Zealand mosques, here are some essays that help explain a global trend of Islamophobia and right-wing hate.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Not Personal. It’s Just Diplomacy.

North Korea is trying to make the nuclear talks all about Trump and Kim. But history shows that professionals must lay the groundwork first.

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How the 737 Max Series Went Wheels Down All Over the World

The Ethiopian Airlines crash brought flights on the latest iteration of Boeing’s best-selling aircraft to a standstill in only five days.

Ben Shephard and Fearne Cotton pose with people in Hoima, Uganda, on Nov. 29, 2009 . The British TV personalities were revisiting Africa to see how money they raised over Red Nose Day is being spent, as well as helping to hand out malaria nets. (Des Willie/Comic Relief via Getty Images)

Comic Relief’s Vision of Africa Isn’t Funny

The perennial British charity is sticking with poverty porn in its fundraising efforts.

Eliot Higgins in December 2018. (Claudia Leisinger for Foreign Policy)

How Citizen Journalists Solved the Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

On the podcast: The founder of the group Bellingcat on using open sources to investigate war crimes and abuses.

A Ukrainian soldier stands guard

Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.

First he came for Georgia, then for Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s next target is likely to be a non-NATO nation in the EU.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference following his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Tuan Mark/Getty Images)

Trump Doesn’t Deserve Any Credit for His Disruptive Foreign Policy

There’s no substance behind arguments that the U.S. president is using his unpredictability to the country’s advantage.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, U.S. President Donald Trump, and others wait for a meeting to begin at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 18, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

At the U.N., America Turns Back the Clock on Women’s Rights

Internal documents show how the U.S. works to stymie progress on women’s health, cultural issues, and climate change.

An image grab taken from the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) on Feb. 4, 2008 shows a large rocket fired from the country's first space center in a desert in northern Semnan province. (AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Is Mastering the Final Frontier

Tehran’s military is advancing ever farther into outer space—and the threat is bigger than Washington is letting on.

Balloons rise over what was at the time the world’s longest steel arch, Lupu Bridge in Shanghai, during the open-to-traffic ceremony on June 28, 2003. (Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Provinces Can’t Afford Beijing’s Development Plans

Rising local debt is making the Chinese economy even more fragile.

Russian Defense Ministry officials show off the Russia's 9M729 cruise missile at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on Jan. 23. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Begins Work on New Missiles as Trump Scraps Treaty With Russia

Some worry the deployment of these weapons could spark a nonnuclear missile race.

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament on March 13, ahead of a week of crucial votes on the future of Britain’s relationship with Europe. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Britain Looks Into the Trade Abyss

Many fear a go-it-alone future outside the EU portends economic eclipse.

People stand near collected debris at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 near Bishoftu, a town southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 11. (Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images)

Boeing Insists Its Planes Are Safe. So Why Is the FAA Ordering Fixes?

As the U.S. becomes the last country to ground the 737 Max, pilots say Boeing was quietly scrambling to improve its safety.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi deliver joint statements in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 26, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

India is Trump’s Next Target in the Trade War

Ending India’s preferential trade treatment won’t hurt economically—but it is politically dangerous.

Students demonstrate in Algiers, Algeria on March 12, 2019, one day after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his withdrawal from a bid to win another term in office. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Algeria

The Middle East’s latest protests seem like the Arab Spring all over again. That’s no reason for optimism.

Rep. Ilhan Omar rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, at the U.S. Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Islamophobes Came for Americans on the Campaign Trail

A new poll of Muslims who ran for office in the 2018 midterms shows how central bigotry has become to America's political life.

An Algerian man holds the national flag during a demonstration in the center of the capital Algiers on March 11, after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his withdrawal from a bid to win another term in office and postponed an April 18 election, following weeks of protests.

The Fight for Freedom in Algeria Isn’t Finished

The 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pledged to step down, but the protesters’ victory won’t be complete without a genuine democratic transition.

Jacob Rees-Mogg poses for a photograph in central London on Oct. 18, 2018. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

Brexiteers Never Wanted Brexit to Begin With

History will show that the biggest obstacle to Brexit was its most fervent supporters. That’s no accident.

Balloons spelling EU fly beside Union Jack and European Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Dec. 10, 2018. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Battered and Bereft, May Loses Again on Brexit

With the EU losing patience, no one in the House of Commons seems to know what to do next.

Then-U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence listen while President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting in the Pentagon in Washington on Jan. 18, 2018. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

At Trump’s Pentagon, Empty Offices Are the New Normal

The problem has worsened since James Mattis left the U.S. Defense Department.

A construction worker works on the TurkStream pipeline in the Black Sea on June 23, 2017. (TurkStream Project/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Russia’s Pipe Dreams Are Europe’s Nightmare

Putin’s plans to run the TurkStream pipeline through the Balkans won’t end well.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and France's President Emmanuel Macron at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 20, 2018.  (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU’s Next Big Election Is Heading for Disaster

If nationalists keep the momentum in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the EU will never be the same again.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at the Future Investment Initiative FII conference in Riyadh on Oct. 24, 2018. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Is Here to Stay

The United States has to work with Saudi Arabia, so it has no choice but to work with its crown prince.

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street on Nov. 14, 2018 in London, England.

Theresa May’s Last Dash for a Deal

The British prime minister wins minor concessions in an 11th-hour effort to save Brexit—and her premiership.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Aug. 16, 2018. (Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

Despite Pompeo’s Call for ‘Swagger,’ Trump Slashes Diplomatic Budget

The U.S. president’s 2020 budget request is especially harsh on the U.N. and refugees. Democrats call it “dead on arrival.”

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber flies over the Indian Ocean after completing a mission over Iraq on March 27, 2003. (Cherie A. Thurlby/U.S. Air Force/Getty Images)

Air Force’s $166 Billion Budget Would Help Revamp U.S. Nuclear Deterrent

The service would get a significant increase in research and development dollars.

Vice President Mike Pence listens while Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer argue with President Donald Trump at the White House on Dec. 11, 2018 in Washington. (Brendan Smalowski/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Polarization Is a Foreign Policy Problem, Too

The fact that Democrats and Republicans hate each other is making the United States weaker.

Serikzhan Bilash, the head of Atajurt Eriktileri, holds up a photo during a press conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 21. (Reid Standish for Foreign Policy)

Astana Tries to Silence China Critics

Head of watchdog organization detained for work on Xinjiang camps.

Ballot papers for Turkey’s presidential election are seen at a polling station in Istanbul on Aug. 10, 2014. (Ahmet Bolat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Evolution of the Strongman

Why authoritarians have grown more liberal as democracies have grown more authoritarian.

Pakistani army soldiers gather near a vehicle at a border terminal in Ghulam Khan, a town in North Waziristan, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, on January 27, 2019.

Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan

A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country’s neighbors.

Election billboards of Angela Merke and Gregor Gysi, top candidate of the Left Party, on Sept. 16, 2005 in Berlin. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s Cold War Enemies May Become Partners

In eastern Germany, center-right Christian Democrats are considering teaming up with far-left former Communists.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to service members at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on Feb. 28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton)

Pentagon Eyes Windfall as Trump Seeks $750 Billion Defense Budget

The White House’s annual budget request would give the Defense Department even more than it hoped for.

A U.S. Army military policeman stands guard in front of the stage as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders perform for American forces in Baghdad as part of their military USO tour on Sept. 15, 2007. (John Moore/Getty Images)

From Doughnut Girls to Den Mothers and Cheerleaders

The U.S. military has long relied on women to entertain the troops. Here’s how that’s slowly changing.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the White House on Feb. 20. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Watching Sebastian Kurz

Austria’s young chancellor has become a major player in Europe. The White House has taken notice.

Protestors confront police at a rally marking International Women's Day in Istanbul on March 8. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

This week, the world marked International Women’s Day, and the U.S. State Department canceled an award for a Finnish journalist who criticized Trump.

Protesters gather in front of the National Congress in Buenos Aires to demand that senators strip former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of her parliamentary immunity and approve a search order to investigate her as part of a massive anti-corruption case on Aug. 21, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentines’ Impossible Choice

President Mauricio Macri has disappointed in his first term, but the alternative may not be any better.

Heather Wilson, the secretary of the U.S. Air Force, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington on Dec. 6, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Before Resigning, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson Irked Trump

At one point rumored to be contender to run the Pentagon, she vexed the president with her independence.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign-policy chief, in Munich on Feb. 7, 2015. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Doesn’t Even Agree on Assad Anymore

The latest issue to divide the EU is whether to recognize the legitimacy of Syria’s dictator and help him rebuild his country.

A tent in Manisa, Turkey, in which a Syrian refugee family lives is pictured in May 2016. (Valerio Muscella/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

From Refugee to Resident

Displaced people may live in host countries for decades. Here’s how to manage their stays.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom speaks during a news conference in Berlin on April 10, 2018. (Wolfgang Kumm/Picture Alliance via Getty Images)

Toward a More Feminist Foreign Policy

On the podcast: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on how to give women a voice in an arena dominated by men.

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الربيع العربي لم ينته بعد

روح الربيع العربي لا تزال مستمرة كما أظهرت الاحتجاجات الكبيرة في الجزائر والسودان.

Algerians chant slogans and wave national flags during a rally against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in the capital Algiers on March 1. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images)

The Arab Spring Is Not Over Yet

Major protests in Algeria and Sudan show that the spirit of 2011 lives on.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) sit during their second summit meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.  (Photo by Vietnam News Agency/Handout/Getty Images)

Everything Should Be on the Table in Korea

Failure in Hanoi reinforces the need for bolder future commitments to peace.

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All the Legal Trouble in Trumpworld

Robert Mueller has finished his investigation, but that may be the least of the U.S. president’s worries.

Military cadets carry portraits of Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China, in Taipei, Taiwan, to mark National Day on Oct. 10, 2001. (Tao-Chuan Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese Communist Party Is Still Afraid of Sun Yat-Sen’s Shadow

A relentless war on free spaces for Chinese exiles stems from past revolutions.

Soldiers monitor a protest in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Dec. 15, 2017. (Delmer Membreno/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP)

Trump Is Sending Guns South as Migrants Flee North

The administration’s push to weaken oversight of gun exports could worsen the Central American refugee crisis.

Activists in favor of the legalization of abortion comfort each other outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires after senators rejected a bill to legalize abortion on Aug. 9, 2018. (Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

Murdered Women Can’t Celebrate International Women’s Day

Advocates for gender equality in Latin America are making gains, but an epidemic of violence overshadows their progress.

Women march during International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Nov. 26, 2018. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs

Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it’s washing its hands of the problem.

Protesters against the veil, protected by young men, march in central Tehran during demonstrations for women's rights on March 10, 1979. (Bettmann Archives/Getty Images)

The Flame of Feminism Is Alive in Iran

While Western activists defend the right of Muslims to wear the veil, Iranian women are fighting for a bigger cause: choice.

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement announcing his departure from the State Department on March 13, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

State Department Vacancies Increase Embassy Security Risks, Report Warns

Diplomats and their families could be in jeopardy, but the Trump administration has no plans to address the issue, the Government Accountability Office says.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech under the rain during celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region on July 26, 2015.

Don’t Believe the Russian Hype

Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.

First lady Melania Trump honors the International Women of Courage awardees during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington on March 29, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Cancels Journalist’s Award Over Her Criticism of Trump

Jessikka Aro was to receive a “Women of Courage” prize. Then officials read her Twitter feed.

Artists perform "Song of the Everlasting Sorrow" at the ancient Huaqing Palace on March 29, 2008 in Xian, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China’s Concubine Dramas Have Lost the Emperor’s Favor

TV shows about imperial intrigue are feeling the bite of censorship.

Milorad Dodik, president of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Republika Srpska entity, addresses media after casting his vote, on September 25, 2016, at one of local voting stations in Western-Bosnian town of Laktasi.

Journalists Are Living in Fear in Republika Srpska

Bosnia has a thriving media sector, but those who refuse to become mouthpieces for the government increasingly find themselves in exile or under police protection.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet members of the U.S. military during a stop at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, on Dec. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

400 American Troops Can’t Do Anything

If the president wants to withdraw from Syria, he might as well just withdraw.

A nurse administers a measles vaccine to a boy in the school of Lapaivka village near the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Feb. 21, 2019. (Yuri Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty Images)

The World’s Many Measles Conspiracies Are All the Same

The deadly disease is spreading rapidly around the globe, fueled by a cratering of social trust.

The first of two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptors is launched during a successful intercept test in the United States on Sept. 10, 2013. (Ralph Scott/Missile Defense Agency)

Despite Trump’s Tough Talk, No Boost for Missile Defense Agency

The administration will instead increase investments in offensive missile defense capabilities, such as hypersonic technology.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a roundtable discussion at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Targeting Center in Sterling, Virginia, on Feb. 2, 2018. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Maximum Pressure Yields Minimum Results

Trump’s favorite foreign-policy doctrine has failed.

The Chinese Communist Party app. (Foreign Policy illustration)

How to Cheat at Xi Jinping Thought

A newly mandatory app is eating up Chinese workers’ time—so they’re finding ways around it.

Russia's MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jets carrying hypersonic Kinzhal missiles fly over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018. (Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s New Missiles Are Aimed at the U.S.

But Moscow’s hypersonic weapons may be more bark than bite.

A woman holds a baby as she walks through the door of her house in Sanya, China, on Oct. 12, 2016. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

Get Ready for China’s Baby Quotas

Demographic fears mean a hard future for women's rights.

A woman dressed in a flag leaves a portable toilet in Windsor, England, on May 19, 2018. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Hard Brexit Means Hard Times on the Toilet

One consequence of leaving the EU that Brexiteers forgot to reckon with? Nationwide toilet paper shortages.

A screen shows visitors being filmed by AI security cameras with facial recognition technology at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on Oct. 24, 2018.

Whoever Predicts the Future Will Win the AI Arms Race

China, Russia, and the United States are approaching the long-term strategic potential of artificial intelligence very differently. The country that gets it right will reap huge military benefits.

Pakistani soldiers stand next to what Pakistan says is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir near the Line of Control on Feb. 27. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Dogfight Loss Could Be a Win for U.S. Weapons-Makers

Boeing and Lockheed Martin are vying for India’s long-delayed fighter replacement program.

A Kashmiri villager clears the debris of house destroyed during a deadly gun battle between militants and Indian government forces in Pulwama, Kashmir, on March 5, 2019. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Doesn’t Want to Play Peacemaker

With the United States missing in action in the India-Pakistan crisis, others need to step up.

President Donald J. Trump returns to the White House on Feb. 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Chris Kleponis/Getty Images)

The Tragedy of Trump’s Foreign Policy

The U.S. president had some genuine insights about America’s international problems. Where did it all go wrong?

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses for a selfie picture with a woman during a concert in memory of the late French-Armenian singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour at Yerevan's Republic Square on Oct. 11, 2018. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Trudeau Lived by Social Media. Now He’s Dying by It.

The self-immolation of the Canadian government is rooted in the way it came to power.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks through a trench during the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017, in Lille, France.  (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)

Canada’s Golden Boy Loses His Shine

Damning testimony on a corporate scandal leaves Trudeau's future shaky.

Newly-allied Israeli centrist politicians Benny Gantz (L) and Yair Lapid (R), as they deliver a joint statement in Tel Aviv on Feb. 21.

Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid Must Not Repeat Tzipi Livni’s Mistake

The former foreign minister could have saved Israel from a decade of Benjamin Netanyahu’s disastrous rule, but in 2008 she refused to lead a coalition supported by Israeli Arab parties and threw away her chance to lead the country.

Gulnur Kosgeulet shows a photo of her husband, Ekpor Sorsenbek, whom she believes is in a re-education camp in Xinjiang, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 21. (Reid Standish for Foreign Policy)

Kazakhs Won’t Be Silenced on China’s Internment Camps

Activists are speaking out for those imprisoned in Xinjiang—even if their own government doesn’t like it.

Then-Conservative MP Anna Soubry (L) and then-Labour MPs Luciana Berger (C) and Chuka Umunna (front) are greeted by an anti-Brexit protester as they arrive at the Cabinet Office on January 21, 2019 in London.

How to Make a New Party Succeed in Britain

A centrist movement can win, but it needs to build a base in cities first.

Former Labour and Conservative MPs Heidi Allen (L), Chuka Umunna (2L), Anna Soubry (3L), Chris Leslie (5L), Mike Gapes (6L), Ann Coffey (C), Luciana Berger (5R) and Angela Smith (3R) of the independent group of MPs are surrounded by pro- and anti-Brexit protesters as they arrive for their inaugural meeting at Institute of civil engineers on February 25, 2019 in London.

The British System Is Stacked Against Breakaway Parties

The Independent Group could influence the direction of Britain's politics, but it won't be by winning large numbers of seats in Parliament.

Helen McKendry, eldest daughter of Jean McConville, holds a family photograph showing her mother Jean McConville (left) and some of Jean's children including Helen herself (second from right), at her home in Northern Ireland on May 3, 2014. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images)

Almost Five Decades on From a Notorious Murder, ‘The Past Doesn’t Stay Buried’

A Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, the author of "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland."

An elderly woman casts her ballot in a mobile ballot box in Bardar, Moldova on Feb. 24, 2019. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

People of the World, Stop Looking at Moldova!

Politicians in this corner of Eastern Europe insist their country is a stage for geopolitical rivalry between the West and Russia—the better to profit from the attention.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel at the EU-League of Arab States summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on Feb. 24, 2019. (Laurie Dieffembacq/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Isn’t Realistic. It’s Weak.

The EU has committed to outsourcing its dirty work to authoritarians in the Middle East and Africa—and to confusing dependence for maturity.

South Korean television shows footage of the public demolition of a North Korean cooling tower at the Yongbyon nuclear complex on June 27, 2008. (JUNG Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

The Push for a Trump-Kim Nuke Deal Is Far From Over

When it comes to an agreement between Washington and Pyongyang, doing it right beats doing it fast.

A protestor aims a gun at an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Quetta, Pakistan on March 1. (Bananas Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

This week, India and Pakistan faced off in Kashmir, and Trump left Hanoi empty-handed.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their second summit in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Vietnam News Agency/Handout/Getty Images)

The Hanoi Talks Failed. But That Could Be a Blessing in Disguise.

Former President Barack Obama’s arms control czar says Trump gained by showing he’s “not a soft touch.”

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Atlantic Ocean on Dec. 12, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford/Released)

Nothing Projects Power Like an Aircraft Carrier. Does the Pentagon Think Otherwise?

New details emerge of how former U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis fought against the Navy’s plan to buy more carriers.

A banner showing U.S President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands next to the words "Welcome to Vietnam" in Hanoi on Feb. 25. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

Despite Setbacks, Trump’s Blunt Diplomacy Could Eventually Work

He's had one of the worst weeks as president. But his crude blend of threats and flattery could eventually pay off with North Korea and China.

A man wearing a Make Korea Great Again hat stands near conservative pro-U.S. demonstrators during a rally denouncing government policies toward North Korea in Seoul on March 1. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Failure in Hanoi Doesn’t Mean Peace Is Dead

The foundations need to be laid for a long, hard route ahead.

Indian television journalist Arnab Goswami in 2017. (Sujit Jaiswal/AFP/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

India’s Media Is War-Crazy

Journalism is taking a back seat to jingoism.

China’s President Xi Jinping is welcomed by his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow on March 22, 2013. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Cold War’s Warm Friends

Why Chinese and Russian detente may be here to stay.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 1. (Minh Hoang/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s a Silver Lining in the Clouds Over the North Korea Negotiations

The failure of high-level discussions may force Washington and Pyongyang to start more effective working-level talks.

A guard watchtower rises above a perimeter fence of what is officially known as a "vocational skills education center" for Uighur Muslims in Dabancheng in Xinjiang, China, on Sept. 4, 2018. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

China’s War on Uighurs

On the podcast: A Uighur journalist in exile tells her family’s story.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during a press conference in the seventh military zone in Monterrey, Nuevo León, on Feb. 20. (Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico’s Old-School War on Crime Gets a Surprising New Champion

Why is AMLO attempting to further militarize policing, instead of pursuing the progressive reforms he promised during his campaign?

Bernie Sanders speaks at the People's Summit in Chicago on June 10, 2017. (Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images)

Bernie Sanders Still Doesn’t Pass the Commander-in-Chief Test

It’s time to stop grading the Democratic front-runner’s foreign policy on a curve.

Motorcyclists ride past graffiti depicting late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and current President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas on Feb. 27. (Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s Good for Maduro Is Bad for Chavismo

The more atrocities Venezuela’s dictator commits, the less likely his regime is to survive him.

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