Actor Charlie Sheen attends a charity softball game to benefit “California Strong” at Pepperdine University on January 13, 2019 in Malibu, California. (Rich Polk/Getty Images for California Strong)

How Russia Tried to Weaponize Charlie Sheen

What’s behind an odd, international campaign to free a Russian operative from a Libyan jail?

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron speak after the closing press conference of the seventh Med7 Mediterranean countries summit in Corsica on Sept. 10.

Turkish Aggression Pushed Italy and France to Join Forces in the Mediterranean. Now What?

Formerly competitors, Paris and Rome’s Pax Mediterranea may spell Ankara’s final estrangement from Europe.

A person walks past the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, where one Chinese researcher is taking refuge from U.S. indictments, on July 23.

As Decoupling Grows, the West Risks Losing Insight Into China

A collapsing relationship could create a lost generation of experts.

Querdenker, or “lateral thinker,” is written on the sign of a participant at a march against Germany’s COVID-19 measures across the Oberkassel Bridge in Düsseldorf on Sept. 20.

Germany’s Lateral Thinkers, Unite

The Querdenker protests against coronavirus prevention measures sweeping the country’s cities show that free speech is alive and well.

A man walks past a large billboard showing a woman wearing Italy’s national flag as a face mask and the headline “All together, without fear,” in Naples, Italy, on March 22.

How Italy Snatched Health From the Jaws of Death

Those who used to scoff at its mismanagement should take note of Rome’s strategy for defeating COVID-19.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics

Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.

A Somali American protester kneels during a call for justice for George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by police, in Minneapolis on June 1.

‘This Is Personal’: Minnesota’s Somali Americans Fear Reckoning in Second Trump Term

A solid blue state is closer to being in play this year—galvanizing Somali Americans in an election they call “do or die.”

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stand for the presentation of colors during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 15.

The Republican and Democratic Parties Are Heading for Collapse

U.S. political parties have reshuffled every few decades, and 2020 may be the year they do it again.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping

The United States Needs a New Strategic Mindset

For decades, U.S. strategists were thinking short-term. Its leaders should start taking an infinite perspective.

A view of a mostly deserted lapis lazuli mining encampment in the Afghan province of Badakhshan on Oct. 16, 2016.

The Taliban, at Least, Are Striking Gold in Afghanistan

The militant group mines almost half a billion dollars a year from Afghan soil—and wants more.

A girl practices ballet during a distant lesson via a mobile phone in Nairobi on May 22.

Africa’s Creative Industries Are Ripe for U.S. Investment

The continent's pop culture market is booming, just as U.S.-Chinese competition is heating up.

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attend the trophy presentation prior to Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Is the Blob Really Blameless?

How not to evaluate American grand strategy.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the Commission on Unalienable Rights at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on July 16.

Pompeo’s Critics Misrepresent the Commission on Unalienable Rights

The NGOs and activists criticizing the commission’s inaugural report are distorting its contents.

Workers move iron girders from a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

The Ethiopian-Egyptian Water War Has Begun

The conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has already started. It’s just happening in cyberspace.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24, 2019.

What the U.N. Is Good For… or Could Be

The best way to advance U.S. interests isn’t to chastise the United Nations—it’s to participate actively in its proceedings.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2019 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Much Maligned But Still Necessary: the U.N. at 75

The postwar institution designed to maintain global peace has fallen short of many goals, but on the whole succeeded.

A demonstrator wears a bee mask during a demonstration for biodiversity called by the World Wide Fund for Nature in Paris on May 4, 2019.

Repairing Humanity’s Relationship With the Planet Will Be Cheaper Than Continuing to Let It Slide

The choice is simple: accept devastating wildfires, extreme weather, species loss, and disease outbreaks or secure a sustainable future at a fraction of the cost.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration's restoration of sanctions on Iran, on September 21, 2020, at the US State Department in Washington, DC.

U.S. Isolated at U.N. as Push to Ramp Up Pressure on Iran Fails

“We don’t need a cheering section,” said Trump’s U.N ambassador. But Washington does need international compliance to make snapback sanctions work.

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