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Revelers celebrate news of Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president in Washington on Nov. 7, 2020.

Biden’s Bold Gamble on Immigration Is About America’s Future

Failed immigration reform gave rise to Trumpism. Success could finally cool the debate.

The military honor guard arrives during the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington.

America Needs Protection. So Does the Regime.

The U.S. military secured Joe Biden’s inauguration. But the new administration also needs to treat the armed forces as a potential threat.

President-elect Joe Biden listens as Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks at an event to introduce key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. 

A Face Lift Can’t Fix the State Department

The Biden administration plans a quick reform of American diplomacy—but fixing the rot requires going much bigger.

A statue of a woman by Lebanese artist Hayat Nazer, made out of leftover glass, rubble, and a broken clock marking the time (6:08 PM) of the mega explosion at the port of Beirut is placed opposite to the site of the blast in the Lebanese capital's harbour, to mark the one year anniversary of the beginning of the anti-government protest movement across the country, on October 20, 2020.

Syria’s Hidden Hand in Lebanon’s Port Explosion

Signs are adding up that the explosives in Beirut may have been intended for Damascus—but Lebanese elites are trying to slow the investigation.

Workers raise a giant Ericsson signboard on top of a building in Beijing on Nov. 25, 1997.

How China Took Western Tech Firms Hostage

And what the United States and Europe can do about it.

Indian Muslims carry Indian flags during a protest against a new citizenship law, in Bengaluru on Jan. 20, 2020.

For Modi, Courting the Arab World Begins With India’s Muslims

India’s tricky regional balance of power isn’t made any easier by sectarian tensions.

Donald Trump shouts at members of the media as he returns to the White House on October 3, 2019 in Washington.

How to Know You’ve Lost Your Grip on Reason

Five warning signs that your political views no longer fulfill the most basic of democratic criteria.

Employees of Indian education technology startup BYJU's work on app content in Bangalore, India, on Jan. 10, 2019.

Bengaluru Is the New Shenzhen as Apps Displace Devices

In the global internet economy, India’s tech industry has a leg up on China’s.

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters storm the United States Capitol building following a "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington.

The Trump Mob Combined the Worst of Left And Right

The president’s supporters are full of sound and fury, signifying far less than they claim.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani pose before they participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Sept. 15, 2020.

Israel and the Emirates Are the Middle East’s New Best Friends

The Abraham Accords didn’t just seal a wary detente. It cemented Israel’s first regional partnership.

The first Saudi citizen preparing to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine in the capital Riyadh on Dec. 16, 2000, as part of a vaccination campaign by the Saudi health ministry.

America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East

China and Russia are spreading their vaccines—and forging new ties—to some of Washington’s closest allies.

Donald Trump delivers a news conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on July 23, 2020.

Trump’s Final Foreign-Policy Report Card

A look back at four years of big ambitions, a handful of successes—and many more failures.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for a selfie with Anas Modamani, a refugee from Syria, after she visited the AWO Refugium Askanierring shelter for migrants and refugees on Sept. 10, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

The Arab Spring Changed Everything—in Europe

A decade after Arabs started a regional revolution, it’s the neighboring continent that will never be the same.

A woman fills out a Mega Millions lottery ticket on October 19, 2018 in New York City.

America’s History of Luck Is Running Out

The country’s rise was fueled by fortunate circumstances that seem unlikely to last much longer.

A woman cries in Tahrir Square after it is announced that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was giving up power Feb. 11, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

Arab Dignity Is Real. So Is Arab Failure.

Ten years after the start of the Arab Spring, it’s time to accept that the revolution may never return.

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