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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 13 in Washington.

Trump Is Happy to Seem Weak Next to Erdogan

The benefits of their personal relationship are clear for the Turkish president. But the U.S. president has his reasons, too.

A H7N9 bird flu patient is treated in a hospital in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province, on Feb 12, 2017.

The Real Reason to Panic About China’s Plague Outbreak

It’s not the disease that’s worrisome—it’s the Chinese government’s response to it.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent and top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor

Impeachment Is Redeeming the Blob

The U.S. foreign-policy establishment is responsible for countless woes—but the impeachment proceedings prove parts of it are better than others.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gestures during a press conference in Riyadh on April 25, 2016.

Mohammed bin Salman Is Having a Fire Sale of His Political Power

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince will take money from investors in the national oil company—but he’ll be giving up far more than he thinks.

Christine Lagarde and Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann

Germany Chooses Economic Nostalgia Over Saving the Planet

Central bankers are recognizing they have the power and responsibility to fight climate change. The Bundesbank would rather not.

U.S. President Donald Trump reaches to shake Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hand

How to Tell if You’re in a Good Alliance

Not all allies are made equal. But who’s worth the commitment, and who’s not?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference with Iranian and Russian counterparts following a trilateral meeting on Syria in Ankara on Sept. 16.

Erdogan Has No Idea What He’s Doing in Syria

The Turkish president’s war will likely fail because he doesn’t know what he wants.

An election campaign poster for President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad Is Now Syria’s Best-Case Scenario

The ruthless Syrian dictator is guilty of countless war crimes—and regrettably represents his country’s least bad remaining option.

2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

The Fire in Syria Is Shedding Light on the United States

There’s only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It’s forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.

A Peshmerga soldier places a Kurdish flag near the front line with the Islamic State in Iraq.

There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds

The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House.

Welcome to Trump’s Impeachment Foreign Policy

His administration’s decisions will be erratic, ill-considered, and ineffective. In other words, business as usual.

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by U.S. special operations forces, looks out from a building at the front line in Raqqa, Syria, on Oct. 16, 2017.

The United States Is Done Caring About Syria

A major new report about the Syrian war raises the question of whether Washington ever cared about it in the first place.

U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak to March for Life participants and pro-life leaders in the Rose Garden at the White House on Jan. 19, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The Realist Case for Impeachment

The U.S. president needs the public’s trust to conduct foreign policy. Donald Trump has forfeited it.

U.S. President Donald Trump wears the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal.

Trump’s Shameless Path to the Nobel Peace Prize

Getting a new nuclear deal with Iran won’t be easy—but the U.S. president’s utter lack of principle could help guide the way.

A Chinese U.N. soldier prepares a truckload of Ebola relief aid after it was airlifted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), on August 23, 2014 in Harbel, Liberia.

The World Knows an Apocalyptic Pandemic Is Coming

But nobody is interested in doing anything about it.

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