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A woman walks past a television showing file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watching a missile launch, in Seoul on July 31.

New U.S. Missiles in Asia Could Increase the North Korean Nuclear Threat

After withdrawing from the INF Treaty, U.S. officials have been worrying about Beijing, but as Washington starts to deploy previously banned missiles in the Pacific, the real risk will come from Pyongyang.

Pro-Spain protesters wave Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia  in Barcelona on Oct. 3, 2018.

Spain Isn’t Imposing Excessive Punishment on Catalonia’s Leaders. It’s Enforcing the Law.

The Spanish Supreme Court isn’t trying to make an example of Catalan secessionist leaders by handing down tough sentences. It is merely upholding the country’s constitution.

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

How Erdogan Played Trump (Again)

Turkey’s recalcitrant president won a White House platform to spout his views. The U.S. president got little in return.

Two diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent, testify in the impeachment hearing.

Wednesday’s Biggest Winners Might Have Been U.S. Diplomats

Despite partisan bickering over the first public impeachment hearing into Trump's behavior, foreign service officers lauded the performance of two of their own, William Taylor and George Kent.

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra (right) shakes hands with his Bolivian counterpart, Evo Morales, during their fifth joint staff meeting in Peru on June 25.

Latin America Is Too Polarized to Help Stabilize Bolivia

Riven by ideological divisions and facing a lack of adequate regional mechanisms, neighboring countries cannot even agree on whether Evo Morales’s ouster constitutes a coup.

Workers fill sacks with lithium carbonate at the state-owned lithium extraction complex in the southern zone of the Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia.

Bolivia’s Lithium Isn’t The New Oil

A popular theory around Evo Morales’s removal is completely mistaken.

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales speaks during a press conference after being granted asylum in Mexico City on Nov. 13.

Who Wants to Be the Next Former President of Bolivia?

Evo Morales’s successor faces an unenviable set of challenges to stabilize the country.

Japanese women dressed in kimonos take a ride on a roller coaster

Japan’s Topsy-Turvy Economy Is the United States’ Economic Future

The Japanese economy has been living in a fantasy world for decades, and the U.S. economy could soon be joining it there.

A technician extracts blood from a patient for an HIV test in Mexico City on July 18.

Mexico Is Setting a Global Example on HIV Treatment

But the president’s recent funding cuts to civil society organizations threaten to imperil their progress.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 28, 2017.

Now the Public Gets to Decide on Impeachment

Key witnesses will begin testifying before Congress in public for the first time this week. And for both sides, credibility is on the line.

Representatives from Turkey, Russia, Iran, and Syria join Geir Pedersen, the United Nations special envoy for Syria, at the Syrian Constitutional Committee meeting in Geneva on Oct. 29.

As Assad Gains Ground, New Syria Talks Offer Little Hope of Peace

Ahead of Erdogan’s visit to Washington, insiders are pessimistic that the Geneva talks will lead to a political solution for Syria.

Workers line up to sing communist "red" songs at an instant noodle factory run by Nanjie village in China's central Henan province.

Chinese Firms Can’t Avoid Being Party Tools

The sale of British Steel is a dangerous foothold for Chinese Communist Party power in the U.K.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley hold a news conference at the Pentagon on Oct. 28.

The United States Can’t Have It All

The debacle over Syria shows that neither party understands the country’s real goals in the Middle East—or what it would take to achieve them.

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