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Cambodian police officials patrol during a hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State

With Chinese support, Hun Sen has effectively destroyed all opposition to his autocratic rule.

A photograph taken on Sept. 19, shows some birds flying around a monument to the founder of the Soviet Union Vladimir Lenin in Nizhny Novgorod.(Francois Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Wouldn’t Even Exist Today Without the Bolsheviks

The Communist Revolution was far more geopolitically influential than its contemporary critics — and even its celebrants — acknowledge.

Then-candidate Donald Trump at a town hall meeting on March 14, 2016 in Tampa , Florida. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

It’s Too Early to Celebrate the Survival of American Democracy

One year after Donald Trump’s elections, the U.S. political system is proving resilient – and giving false comfort.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing on Nov. 9. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump and Xi’s Narcissism of Small Differences

The presidents of the United States and China are destined to clash, precisely because their economic worldviews are so similar.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and U.S. President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Causing Conflict by Playing Peacemaker

The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.

Components of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system are unloaded at Osan Air Base, South Korea, on March 6. (United States Forces Korea via Getty Images)

China’s Charm Offensive on South Korea Is Starting to Work

And that’s making the Trump administration’s North Korea policy a lot harder to pull off.

Steam rises from the Neurath coal-fired power plant operated by German utility RWE, which stands near open-pit coal mines that feed it with coal, on Nov. 13, near Bergheim, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Germany Is a Coal-Burning, Gas-Guzzling Climate Change Hypocrite

Angela Merkel hasn’t come close to earning her reputation for leadership on climate change.

The interior of the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Nov. 7. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)

The Louvre Isn’t Just a Museum. It’s a Power Tool.

Emmanuel Macron went to the Middle East this week to unveil the Louvre Abu Dhabi — and affirm France as a global power.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C. on March 14. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Has Unleashed the Saudi Arabia We Always Wanted — and Feared

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put the Middle East on a collision course. And the White House will own the consequences.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sits  at a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis on April 19 in Riyadh. (Jonathan Ernst - Pool/Getty Images)

Meet the Next Generation of Saudi Rulers

Mohammed bin Salman knows he can't rule alone — which is why he's been quietly cultivating a group of young princes to serve his agenda.

(Left to right) Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Guinea's President Alpha Conde, U.S. President Donald Trump, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on May 27 in Taormina, Sicily. (Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Dangerous Retreat from Africa  

The U.S. administration is ramping up military engagement on the continent but ramping everything else down. Other countries are already filling the void.

A behind the scenes tour at CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory on April 19, 2017 in Meyrin, Switzerland. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The Future of Particle Physics Will Live and Die in China

China's next-generation supercollider will unlock secrets of the universe — and destroy the ideals of the scientists running it.

Investigators work around the wreckage of a Home Depot pickup truck that was used in a terror attack on Oct. 31 in New York City. The driver pledged loyalty to the Islamic State. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

The Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters Are Coming Home

And Western countries need a plan to defuse the threat they pose.

Catalonia's dismissed leader Carles Puigdemont (right), along with other members of his dismissed government address a press conference at The Press Club in Brussels on Oct. 31, 2017.
(Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images)

Catalonia’s Martyrdom Strategy Doesn’t Have a Prayer

The Spanish region’s leaders believe punishment can be a path to redemption – as long as they’re not the ones who suffer.

Iraqi fighters tear down a sign painted with the colors of the Kurdish flag in northern Iraq on Oct. 20. (Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi Kurdistan Was Never Ready for Statehood

The war against the Islamic State concealed the Kurds' political and economic weaknesses. The loss of Kirkuk has made them impossible to ignore.

Soldiers from Niger's National Guard march on the tarmac in Diffa, southeastern Niger, on June 16, 2016. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

The Real Reason U.S. Troops Are in Niger

Hint: This is a local and regional conflict, not a global one.

A military band conductor rehearses ahead a ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 1. (Andy Wong/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Has a Bad Case of China ADHD

China is the biggest threat to the U.S.-led global order. But America keeps getting distracted.

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