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Locals in Auckland, New Zealand, pay their respects on March 22, a week after the Christchurch mosque shootings. (Michelle Hyslop/AFPGetty Images)

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Pakistan’s military boom is an economic bust, and looking back on the Christchurch attack.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed holds a press conference in Addis Ababa on Aug. 25, 2018. (Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images)

Abiy Ahmed Should Be a Natural Friend for the United States

Seeking the right partners is just as important as avoiding the wrong ones.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a bilateral meeting during the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Offers Clumsy Olive Branch to North Korea

Experts say the U.S. president seems desperate to rescue his promise of a nuclear deal.

An Israeli flag is seen placed on Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis Ross: Trump’s Golan Giveaway ‘Makes It Harder’ to Achieve Peace

The president gave away much and got nothing in return, longtime U.S. diplomat says.

An Oryx helicopter from the South African National Defence Force flies a relief airdrop mission over the flooded area around Beira, Mozambique, on March 20. International aid agencies raced to rescue survivors and meet spiraling humanitarian needs in three countries battered by Cyclone Idai. (Maryke Vermaak/AFP/Getty Images)

Cyclone Idai: Mapping Mozambique’s Catastrophic ‘Inland Ocean’

The historic tropical storm killed hundreds and left an area of more than 800 square miles covered in water.

Honduran migrants protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City on April 12, 2018. (Alfre-do Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)The caravan, which prompted fury from US President Donald Trump, assembled on the border with Guatemala on March 25 but started breaking up in southern Mexico after organizers said it had abandoned its goal of reaching the US border and would end its activities with the rally in Mexico City. / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA        (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Senate is Hollowing Out the United States’ Diplomatic Corps

To protect U.S. national security, the United States needs to rethink the way the government approves diplomats.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Kremlin in Moscow, on Dec. 19, 2012. (Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Wants a Kazakh Retirement

Russia and Kazakhstan have plenty in common. Why not the transition plans for their longtime presidents?

Workers spray contaminated houses within the “no-go” cordon around Chernobyl (Igor Kostin/Sygma via Getty Images)

Meltdown at Chernobyl

On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

Indian Muslims hold a scratched photo of Masood Azhar as they shout slogans against Pakistan during a protest in Mumbai on Feb. 15. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Masood Azhar Is China’s Favorite Terrorist

Beijing’s U.N. block sent a signal—and a warning—to Pakistan.

Participants at a gay pride festival in Prague celebrate on Aug. 17, 2013. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Can the Czech Republic Tear Down Europe’s Rainbow Curtain?

Eastern Europe has long resisted same-sex marriage. Prague might be about to change that.

Pakistan Air Force cadets march next to the mausoleum of the country’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to mark Defense Day in Karachi on Sept. 6, 2018. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Poor Nation, Rich Army

This Republic Day, Pakistan should consider why it remains underdeveloped as its military booms.

Indian devotees and foreign tourists take part in Holi festival celebrations in Pushkar, India, on March 2, 2018. (Shaukat Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours, is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month, and will be celebrated on March 2 this year. / AFP PHOTO / Shaukat Ahmed        (Photo credit should read SHAUKAT AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)

International Relations Theory Doesn’t Understand Culture

The main schools of thought still cling to an outdated understanding of how civilizations work.

Idaho Army National Guard and Montana Army National Guard Soldiers from the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team conduct a live-fire exercise with Royal Thai Army Soldiers at the Cavalry Center in Thailand’s Saraburi province on Aug. 28, 2018. (Department of Defense Photo)

A Rising China Is Driving the U.S. Army’s New Game Plan in the Pacific

New missiles and large-scale exercises part of long-term strategy to deter Beijing.

Seungri (C), a former member of the K-pop boy group BIGBANG, bows as he arrives for questioning over criminal allegations at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul on March 14. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

K-Pop’s Sexual Assault Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Celebrities’ crimes are pushing South Korea’s reckoning with misogyny.

Derek Tait, a biker and pastor prepares to speak to a crowd of people before the haka was performed as a tribute to victims in Christchurch on March 20, 2019, five days after the twin mosque shootings. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

White Supremacism Isn’t Insanity

If you want to stop terrorists like New Zealand’s mosque shooter, the first step is to try to understand what they’re saying.

A pro-Brexit activist holds a placard outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 20.

Why Europe Should Reject Theresa May’s Brexit Extension

If Britain remains in the European Union due to a botched Brexit, its demands for special treatment will end up wrecking the EU.

A Soyuz-FG rocket booster carrying a spacecraft with Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina H. Koch lifts off from Kazakhstan on March 14. (Sergei Savostyanov/TASS/Getty Images)

Trump’s Space Force Gets the Final Frontier All Wrong

A new space race may be on, but the United States should opt for peaceful exploration rather than military presence.

Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters legislative conference March 12, 2019 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Uncle Joe Is Ready to Run the World

Joe Biden is the only candidate for the White House with a foreign-policy philosophy that’s proven to work.

A partial view of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, is reflected in the visor of a U.S. Army helicopter crew member as he looks out of a  Chinook helicopter flying  from the U.S. Embassy to Baghdad International airport on Jan. 9. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq Prepares to Evict U.S. Troops

Pro-Iran factions are pushing for the move just as the Islamic State is starting to hit back.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, U.S. President Donald Trump, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sit at a working dinner meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017. (Matt Dunham/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Wants NATO’s Eyes on China

The Trump administration says countering Beijing’s cyber and commercial power should be a priority for the alliance.

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