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Martin Schulz, head of the German Social Democrats (SPD), at the SPD federal congress on January 21, 2018 in Bonn, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Germany’s Left Is Committing Suicide by Identity Politics

German social democrats have committed to a partnership with Angela Merkel that exposes their greatest vulnerability.

President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leave after delivering a speech during a visit to the Israel Museum on May 23, 2017.

Forget the Ultimate Deal. The Mideast Needs the Status Quo.

Trump’s plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace is fanciful, dangerous, and not going anywhere.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrive to announce an agreement on the Iran nuclear talks on April 2, 2015 in Lausanne.

Europe Must Fight to Preserve the Iran Deal

If Washington walks away from the nuclear accord, it will undermine Europe’s security and business interests. Brussels should flex its muscles now with diplomatic and legal threats.

A relative mourns on the coffin of late Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, during his funeral ceremony at the cemetery Novo Groblje in Belgrade on Jan. 18. (Oliver Bunic/AFP/Getty Images)

An Assassination Could Be Just What Kosovo Needed

A tragic death could spark a lasting peace in the Balkans’ most restive region.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

Modi and Bibi Are Brothers in Arms

India and Israel won’t let ideology get in the way of booming bilateral trade.

A military parade in Pyongyang marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Limited Strikes on North Korea Would Be an Unlimited Disaster

There’s no clear upside — and plenty of potential downsides — to punching Pyongyang in the nose.

(Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Stand Up For Human Rights in the Age of Trump

Western democracies that were once reliable defenders of human rights have been consumed by a nativist backlash, leaving an open field for dictators and demagogues.

Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, Matryoshka dolls, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

American Democracy Is an Easy Target

Americans have become paranoid about foreign cyberattacks on their political system, but they have nobody but themselves to blame.

African leaders and U.S. President Donald Trump pose during the G-7 Summit on May 27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily. (Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images)

American Sh*thole

The biggest problem with many African countries is that they're led by men like Trump.

Korean fans at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Andrew Yates/AFP/GettyImages)

The Olympics Will Only Make the Korea Crisis Worse

The founder of the games dreamed of inspiring world peace. He created an event that's always done the opposite.

(Getty Images/Zak Bickel illustration for Foreign Policy)

The Islamic Republic of Hysteria

The Trump administration’s Middle East strategy revolves around a threat that doesn’t exist.

(Getty Images/Zak Bickel illustration for Foreign Policy)

ISIS Inc.

Despite its defeat on the battlefield, the Islamic State is using Iraq’s black market to stockpile millions of dollars to fuel its coming insurgency.

Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) on November 22, 2017 in the Bundestag. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany Doesn’t Have a Playbook for a Nazi-Sympathizing Opposition

A far-right party has entered German parliament, with uncertain consequences for the country’s democracy.

An effigy of Iran's pre-revolution leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

A London Television Station Has Convinced Iran the Shah Was Great

Why are young Iranians demanding the return of the Pahlavi dynasty? Media-savvy exiles in Europe.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 14, 2017. (Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Why More Sanctions Won’t Help Venezuela

The people, not the government, will pay the price.

Oromo protesters demonstrate in the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu on October 1. (Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images)

Ethiopia Is Falling Apart

Tepid reforms and halfhearted concessions won't save the country's authoritarian government from its existential crisis.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani under portraits of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in a suburb of Tehran on June 3, 2014. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Elites Are Far More Fragile Than They Look

An Islamic Republic divided against itself cannot stand.

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun (right) and North Korean chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon exchange joint statements during their meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on Jan. 9.(/AFP/Getty Images)

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in Are the Negotiators Korea Needs

Pyongyang's and Seoul’s leaders have shown they can build political capital. Now they have to spend it.

A U.S. Marine in a combat training exercise in Afghanistan on August 27, 2017. (Wakil Koshar/AFP/Getty Images)

The Only Force That Can Beat Climate Change Is the U.S. Army

America’s military is the only institution that can break the partisan deadlock on the worst threat the nation faces.

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