Want to Learn How the Pentagon Works? Then Play This Board Game.
A new game meant to help the U.S. government write the 2018 National Defense Strategy shows what happens when resources and commitments collide.
Can Thailand’s Protest Movement Broaden Its Appeal?
To succeed, the protesters will have to overcome old regional and class divides—and new ones, along generational lines.
Building a Shared Worldview Among Democrats and Republicans Could Be More Dangerous Than Healing
Bring people together around protecting democracy instead.
How India Came Around to Talking to the Taliban
New Delhi is set to take on a greater role in Afghanistan’s peace process.
The African Union Needs to Resolve Ethiopia’s Dam Dispute
U.S. diplomacy has failed. African diplomacy can’t afford to.
Make Surveillance Capitalists Pay Their Dues
Congressional action has typically left big tech firms intact, instead mandating that they improve access for all consumers. Washington should stick to that model.
The U.S. Needs An Endgame Before It Plunges Into the Next Cold War
China would be a tougher, longer-lasting opponent than the Soviet Union.
The Case for Black American Self-Defense
Pacifist injunctions obliterate the history of, and need for, armed protection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Counting Presidential Dead Is a Distraction
It doesn’t matter whether Bush or Trump was worse when the problems are the same.
Biden or Trump, the U.S.-Brazil Relationship Is Still Headed for Trouble
No matter the president, Washington won’t stand for Brasilia’s growing ties with Beijing.
Brexit Might Break Britain. What Will Scotland Do?
Scotland, six years after its last crack at independence, is hankering to be a “global good gal,” charting its own foreign-policy course independent of London.
Trump’s Policies Have Convinced Iran to Build a More Advanced Nuclear Program Before Negotiating
Washington’s reliance on sanctions and maximum pressure will make it harder to strike a new deal constraining Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Will COVID-19 Kill Democracy?
In Tanzania and elsewhere, the pandemic and creeping authoritarianism are colliding, making both problems far worse.
Partition Is the Only Solution to Lebanon’s Woes
Hezbollah’s dominance has deprived non-Shiite Lebanese of a voice in their own country. It is time to reconsider a century of consociational democracy and return to a form of federalism.
If You Want to Keep Talent Out of China, Invest at Home
Retaining the U.S. advantage needs funding, not xenophobia.
Why Israel Should Worry About the Saudi and Emirati Nuclear Programs
Today’s ally can become tomorrow’s enemy, as Israel’s history of friendship with pre-revolutionary Iran and pre-Erdogan Turkey illustrates.
Decolonizing the United Nations Means Abolishing the Permanent Five
The inequalities of the past can’t set the rules of the present.
The Real Foreign Policy of ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Jared Kushner cited Lewis Carroll’s classic as the key to understanding Trump. He’s right—just not in the way he thinks.
Sanctions Are Driving Iran and Venezuela Into Each Other’s Arms
Maximum pressure has not destroyed the Iranian economy, and Tehran is now sharing its lessons in resilience with Nicolás Maduro’s beleaguered regime in Caracas.
The Only People Panicking Are the People in Charge
The public can handle disasters better than lying leaders can.
The Dutch Don’t Love Europe—and Never Did
The world has been surprised by the Netherlands’ growing hardline record in Brussels. It shouldn’t be.
China Is Merkel’s Biggest Failure in Office
The German chancellor has put future deals over moral values, but she’s not alone.
The Biden-FDR Connection Runs Deeper Than You Think
One was a patrician governor; the other a middle-class Joe steeped in the Senate. But their fates may be intertwined.
Japan’s New Prime Minister Is a Fixer, Not a Leader
Abe’s right-hand man taking power could mean a return to the days of short-lived premierships.
As Brexit Talks Falter, the Risk of Violence in Ireland Is Still Alive
Despite a major crackdown, the uncertainty around the border won’t let militant republicanism go away.
Israel’s Peace Deals Are a Strategic Nightmare for Iran
The Abraham Accord is threatening decades of foreign-policy planning in Tehran.
France and the United States Are Making West Africa’s Security Situation Worse
France’s unilateralism and the United States’ wavering are destabilizing the Sahel—and creating an opening for Russia and China.
Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Disaster Highlights Dangers of China Deals
The cost of doing business with Beijing has risen sharply and swiftly.
Latin America Is Off the Global Stage, and That’s OK
The region doesn’t have a seat at the geopolitical table, but at least it’s off the menu.
India’s Alliance With Israel Is a Model for the World’s Illiberal Leaders
From arms deals to occupation in Kashmir and the West Bank, Modi and Netanyahu increasingly share the same ethnonationalist worldview.
No Gas, No War in the Mediterranean
Border tensions among Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus are about to boil over—but there’s a simple solution.