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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.

Why Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Want Iran’s Regime to Fall

Riyadh seeks to leverage ongoing anti-government protests to extract geopolitical concessions from Tehran—not effect regime change.

An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.
An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.

What China Can Learn From Japan—and Alexander the Great

It’s time for Beijing to reexamine its long-standing sense of purpose.

People fleeing violence in Mali walk through the weekly market in the M'Berra refugee camp in Bassikounou, Mauritania, on June 7, 2022.
People fleeing violence in Mali walk through the weekly market in the M'Berra refugee camp in Bassikounou, Mauritania, on June 7, 2022.

How Russia’s Wagner Group Is Fueling Terrorism in Africa

Moscow’s scramble for valuable resources has come at the cost of regional security.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.

Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.

Erdogan has focused on Stockholm’s stance toward Kurdish exile groups, but Ankara’s real demand is the end of U.S. support for Kurds in Syria.

Riot police stand with shields amid smoke.
Riot police stand with shields amid smoke.

The Real Reason Behind Peru’s Political Crisis

It can be boiled down to a single historical factor: corruption.

U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks pictured at Mockava railway station in Lithuania.
U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks pictured at Mockava railway station in Lithuania.

The M1 Abrams Is the Right Tank for the Job in Ukraine

Sending American tanks now helps guarantee a safer world tomorrow.

Chinese paramilitary police officers salute each other.
Chinese paramilitary police officers salute each other.

Mao’s Strategy Inspires Afghan Guerrillas and Chinese Planners

Ideas like “people’s war” infuse official thinking in China.

A visitor looks at an 18th century painting of Karim Khan Zand at the 'Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum - Masterpieces of Islamic Art' exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau on March 16, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.
A visitor looks at an 18th century painting of Karim Khan Zand at the 'Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum - Masterpieces of Islamic Art' exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau on March 16, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

Muslim Activists Misunderstand Islam

Why the latest controversy over depictions of Mohammed was completely unnecessary.

French President Emmanuel Macron is interviewed by French television host Caroline Roux in Paris on Oct. 12, 2022.
French President Emmanuel Macron is interviewed by French television host Caroline Roux in Paris on Oct. 12, 2022.

Europe Needs a Strategy for Russia After Putin

Competing ideas about the end state of the war are striving for dominance.

U.S. President Joe Biden (right) greets Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as he arrives at the White House in Washington on Jan. 13.
U.S. President Joe Biden (right) greets Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as he arrives at the White House in Washington on Jan. 13.

Why ‘Economic Security’ Became Magic Words in Japan

In confronting China, Japan is thinking beyond its military. The United States should follow suit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting.

Washington Is Missing a Chance to Turn China Against Russia

A rare confluence of crises has created the possibility of Beijing changing course.

Vladimir Putin meets with workers at a missile manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg.
Vladimir Putin meets with workers at a missile manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg.

The World Economy No Longer Needs Russia

With alternative sources in place, Putin’s attempt at blackmailing Europe on energy has failed.

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola attends a press conference during European Council Summit in Brussels, on December 15, 2022.
European Parliament President Roberta Metsola attends a press conference during European Council Summit in Brussels, on December 15, 2022.

What Europe’s ‘Qatargate’ Is—and Isn’t

The European Union is plagued by a corruption scandal—but not quite in the way many suggest.

Taiwanese sailors salute the island's flag on the deck of a supply ship at Tsoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Jan. 31, 2018.
Taiwanese sailors salute the island's flag on the deck of a supply ship at Tsoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Jan. 31, 2018.

‘Strategic Ambiguity’ Has the U.S. and Taiwan Trapped

Washington’s long-held policy has outlived its usefulness.

Passengers are greeted by relatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Passengers are greeted by relatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Tigrayans Need a Path Home After Abiy’s War

Ethiopia can only recover morally and economically by welcoming refugees back.

Cavusoglu gestures with his hand while speaking. A Turkish flag can be seen behind him.
Cavusoglu gestures with his hand while speaking. A Turkish flag can be seen behind him.

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Turkey

Turkey isn’t East or West. It’s Turkey.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.

Washington Might Let South Korea Have the Bomb

North Korean nuclearization makes a once-taboo option thinkable.

A bronze sculpture of a woman's head sits on a pedestal behind glass in a museum.
A bronze sculpture of a woman's head sits on a pedestal behind glass in a museum.

What Europe Stole From Africa

Imperial powers didn’t just steal art and artifacts. They stole Africa’s future.

A demonstrator with an Iranian flag and red hands painted on her face attends a rally in support of Iranian protests, in Paris on October 9, 2022.
A demonstrator with an Iranian flag and red hands painted on her face attends a rally in support of Iranian protests, in Paris on October 9, 2022.

Iran’s Protests Are Nowhere Near Revolutionary

Many say the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement will threaten the regime this year. They’re wrong.

A worker walks by a high voltage substation switchyard that stands partially destroyed after it was hit by a missile on Nov. 10, 2022 in central Ukraine.
A worker walks by a high voltage substation switchyard that stands partially destroyed after it was hit by a missile on Nov. 10, 2022 in central Ukraine.

Congress Must Create a Strategic Power Equipment Reserve

A backup supply of electrical grid equipment is needed to defend against grid attacks at home and make Ukraine more resilient in the face of Russian strikes.

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Biden’s Foreign-Policy Report Card

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Two years into his first term, how has U.S. President Joe Biden fared on foreign policy? Is there a clear Biden doctrine? Is America in a stronger or weaker position globally?  The answers ...Show more

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