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The Hedgemony game board. Rand Corporation

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.

Thai protesters attend a rally outside the Thai parliament in Bangkok on Sept. 24.

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.

Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar speaks during the opening session of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha on Sept. 12.

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 Blue Nile as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba, Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

The African Union Needs to Resolve Ethiopia’s Dam Dispute

U.S. diplomacy has failed. African diplomacy can’t afford to.

Donald Harrison, Google’s president for global partnerships and corporate development, testifies via live video feed before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on anti-competitive online advertising in Washington on Sept. 15.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump visits China.

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.

Two members of the Black Panther Party

The Case for Black American Self-Defense

Pacifist injunctions obliterate the history of, and need for, armed protection.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

New Yorkers hold a memorial march marking 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

Counting Presidential Dead Is a Distraction

It doesn’t matter whether Bush or Trump was worse when the problems are the same.

Jair Bolsonaro looks on at a ceremony in which Eduardo Pazuello takes office as Minister of Health amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Brasilia on Sept. 16.

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.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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.

A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2019, shows an Iranian flag in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, during an official ceremony to kick-start works on a second reactor at the facility.

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.

A supporter of Tanzania’s ruling party holds a sign during the official launch of its official campaign for the October general election in Dodoma, Tanzania, on Aug. 29.

Will COVID-19 Kill Democracy?

In Tanzania and elsewhere, the pandemic and creeping authoritarianism are colliding, making both problems far worse.

A noose and gallows hang from the monument at Martyrs’ Square.

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.

Harvard Yard

If You Want to Keep Talent Out of China, Invest at Home

Retaining the U.S. advantage needs funding, not xenophobia.

Employees work at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the United Arab Emirates

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.

An illustration of Alice with the white and red queens from the book "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There" by Lewis Carroll. Published in London in 1912.

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.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) greets Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) before the opening ceremony in the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela, on Sept. 17, 2016.

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.

Residents line up for cooking gas in Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 9, 2018, following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the area the month before.

The Only People Panicking Are the People in Charge

The public can handle disasters better than lying leaders can.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives for a debate on the future of Europe during a plenary session  at the European Parliament on June 13, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is shown during a video meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Berlin on Sept. 14.

China Is Merkel’s Biggest Failure in Office

The German chancellor has put future deals over moral values, but she’s not alone.

biden-fdr-build-back-better-new-deal-illustration

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.

The WeChat booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 in Berlin on Dec. 11, 2019.

How to Handle WeChat’s Threat Smartly

Targeted responses can achieve more than blanket bans.

Incoming Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga poses for a portrait picture in Tokyo on Sept. 14.

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.

A picture shows an Irish Republican Army (IRA) sniper warning sign overlooking the Bogside area of Derry in Northern Ireland on April 20, 2019.

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.

Iran's Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari points at a map during a press conference in Tehran on Dec. 22, 2010.

Israel’s Peace Deals Are a Strategic Nightmare for Iran

The Abraham Accord is threatening decades of foreign-policy planning in Tehran.

The French Army patrols a rural area in northern Burkina Faso on Nov. 14, 2019.

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.

Posters at the European premiere of Disney's "Mulan"

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Disaster Highlights Dangers of China Deals

The cost of doing business with Beijing has risen sharply and swiftly.

A nurse in Caracas passes an anti-imperialism mural

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.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greet during the India-Israel Business Summit in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

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.

This pictures shows the Yavuz drillship seen from the Karpaz coast of the northern part of Cyprus, the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) close to Apostolos Andreas monastery on July 21, 2019.

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.

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