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Biden and Mohammed bin Salman walk next to each other.
Biden and Mohammed bin Salman walk next to each other.

The U.S. Should Ask for More From Saudi Arabia

Riyadh wants big concessions from Washington in exchange for normalizing ties with Israel. Biden should ask for big concessions in return.

Workers are busy at the construction site of a lithium battery plant in Meishan City, China on April 6.
Workers are busy at the construction site of a lithium battery plant in Meishan City, China on April 6.

How to Break China’s Hold on Batteries and Critical Minerals

The security of clean energy is easier to manage than the security of oil.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken shakes hands with Roman Voskoboynikov, who is originally from Ukraine, after a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony inside the Robert N.C. Nix Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken shakes hands with Roman Voskoboynikov, who is originally from Ukraine, after a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony inside the Robert N.C. Nix Federal Courthouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Biden Administration Is Addicted to Partnerships

The inauspicious return of the Cold War strategy of “Pactomania.”

U.S. President Joe Biden reacts during a meeting on the "Build Back Better World" during the World Leaders Summit of the COP26 U.N. climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden reacts during a meeting on the "Build Back Better World" during the World Leaders Summit of the COP26 U.N. climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.

Biden’s Signature Achievement Needs to Go Global

The Inflation Reduction Act is Washington’s boldest climate policy ever—but still woefully insufficient.

Markus Soeder, Governor of Bavaria and lead candidate of the Bavarian Social Union (CSU), attends the annual gathering of politicians in beer tents at the Gillamoos folk fest on September 3, 2018 in Abensberg, Germany.
Markus Soeder, Governor of Bavaria and lead candidate of the Bavarian Social Union (CSU), attends the annual gathering of politicians in beer tents at the Gillamoos folk fest on September 3, 2018 in Abensberg, Germany.

The Land of Lederhosen, Beer, and Political Chaos

Bavaria is Germany’s stereotypical idyll—and now a herald of its future turmoil.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani (L) meets Prime Minister of northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG), Masrour Barzani in Erbil (R) in Erbil, Iraq on March 15.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani (L) meets Prime Minister of northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (IKRG), Masrour Barzani in Erbil (R) in Erbil, Iraq on March 15.

Iran Is Exploiting Divisions and U.S. Inaction in Iraqi Kurdistan

While Washington sits idly by, the region is on the brink of falling into Tehran’s orbit.

Afghans protest against the burning of the Quran by Swedish Danish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan outside Eid Gah mosque in Kabul on Jan. 27.
Afghans protest against the burning of the Quran by Swedish Danish far-right politician Rasmus Paludan outside Eid Gah mosque in Kabul on Jan. 27.

Attention-Seekers and Autocrats Are a Combustible Mix

Geopolitical provocateurs can cause serious diplomatic headaches.

Smoke covers the presidential palace compound in Baghdad during a U.S.-led air raid on March 21, 2003.
Smoke covers the presidential palace compound in Baghdad during a U.S.-led air raid on March 21, 2003.

Why the Iraq War AUMF Is Still Dangerous

Legislation authorizing the 2003 war is still on the books—and alarmingly open-ended.

A girl touches a photograph of her relative on the Memory Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in the Russian-Ukrainian war in Kyiv.
A girl touches a photograph of her relative on the Memory Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in the Russian-Ukrainian war in Kyiv.

What Does Victory Look Like in Ukraine?

Ukrainians differ on what would keep their nation safe from Russia.

A Confucius Institute float during the parade for the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2011 in the streets of Indianapolis, Indiana.
A Confucius Institute float during the parade for the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2011 in the streets of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Cultural Decoupling From China Is Not the Answer

Beijing’s censorship has pernicious effects on artists and educational institutions—but abandoning all cultural ties would do more harm than good.

A group of police officers, wearing short-sleeved uniform shirts and matching hats, chat with each other as they stand on a sidewalk outside Hong Kong's High Court. Skyscrapers and a cloudy sky are visible behind the officers.
A group of police officers, wearing short-sleeved uniform shirts and matching hats, chat with each other as they stand on a sidewalk outside Hong Kong's High Court. Skyscrapers and a cloudy sky are visible behind the officers.

Hong Kong’s Bureaucrats Don’t Make Good Authoritarians

Local officials are inflexible about implementing Beijing’s orders.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appears before reporters with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appears before reporters with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

America’s Budget Dysfunction Has Geopolitical Costs

Congressional performance artists are holding U.S. foreign policy hostage.

Rescue teams search through the rubble  in the eastern city of Soussa, Libya on Sep. 21, following deadly flash floods.
Rescue teams search through the rubble in the eastern city of Soussa, Libya on Sep. 21, following deadly flash floods.

How Division and Disorder Led to Devastation in Libya

Poor global and domestic governance made a foreseeable and preventable disaster in Derna a catastrophe.

Two people ride on a motorcycle past a small fire.
Two people ride on a motorcycle past a small fire.

L’intervention dont Haïti a vraiment besoin

Ce n’est pas par la force que l’on résoudra la crise du pays mais par une politique monétaire judicieuse.

The headquarters of the CIA is seen from above in Langley, Virginia, on Nov. 7, 2018.
The headquarters of the CIA is seen from above in Langley, Virginia, on Nov. 7, 2018.

Chinese Spies Are Targeting Access, Not Race

Implying China mostly uses ethnically Chinese assets is both wrong and dangerous.

Polish President Andrzej Duda looks on as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz chat at the NATO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 11, 2023.
Polish President Andrzej Duda looks on as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz chat at the NATO Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 11, 2023.

Biden Should Press Poland and the EU to Make Up

Warsaw’s strategic role in Europe is too important for Washington to ignore.

A plaque used to reserve the seat of the delegation from Israel, is seen during the UNESCO Extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh on Sept. 11.
A plaque used to reserve the seat of the delegation from Israel, is seen during the UNESCO Extended 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh on Sept. 11.

Bibi’s Dead-End Road to Riyadh

Netanyahu wants a normalization deal with the Saudis, but his hard-right coalition partners will undermine his plans.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looks on prior a meeting with European Union leaders in Mariinsky Palace, in Kyiv, on June 16, 2022.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looks on prior a meeting with European Union leaders in Mariinsky Palace, in Kyiv, on June 16, 2022.

The Morality of Ukraine’s War Is Very Murky

The ethical calculations are less clear than you might think.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen looks at a programmable humanoid robot during a visit to the AI Xperience Center in Brussels on Feb. 18, 2020.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen looks at a programmable humanoid robot during a visit to the AI Xperience Center in Brussels on Feb. 18, 2020.

Ursula von der Leyen Is Europe’s Ruthlessly Efficient Machine

How the European Commission president has prepared for a possible second term.

Workers load aid supplies into a military plane bound for Port Sudan at the Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates on May 10.
Workers load aid supplies into a military plane bound for Port Sudan at the Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates on May 10.

U.S. Sudan Sanctions Won’t Work Without the UAE’s Help

Washington must lean on Abu Dhabi to halt its support for Hemeti’s RSF.

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