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Gasoline prices are displayed on a sign at a Shell gas station as an image of Donald Trump appears on a billboard nearby April 24, 2006 in San Francisco, California.

The Myth of U.S. Energy Independence Has Gone Up in Smoke

Attacks on Saudi Arabia prove that, when it comes to oil, Washington still isn’t close to being master of its own fate.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addresses NATO member on Sept. 1, the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, in Warsaw, Poland.

Trump’s Defense Cuts in Europe Will Backfire

Rather than distributing military burdens equitably, Washington’s rollbacks weaken both the United States and its allies.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House on March 20, 2018.

Trump Team Debates Response to Strikes on Saudi Oil

Pentagon is cautious as Riyadh requests additional U.S. forces.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu pledges speaks in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Sept. 10.

Israeli Election Deadlock Could Mean no New Government for Months

Netanyahu vows to fight on after failing to secure a majority.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on August 29, 2019 in Beijing, China.

The Chinese Communist Party Wants It All

China's use of sharp power could shatter East Asia.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi (C) gives a speech at the  Kevadia Colony of Narmada District, some 200 km from Ahmedabad, on September 17, 2019.

Western Accolades Are Egging Autocrats On

The Gates Foundation is giving an award to Narendra Modi. That's a big mistake.

A picture taken on September 27, 2018 shows the Israeli settlement of Neve Yaakov (foreground) in the northern area of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian neighborhood of al-Ram (background) in the West Bank.

Annexing the West Bank Will Destabilize Jordan

Netanyahu’s election promise won’t just hurt Israel, it will create chaos for its eastern neighbor and a diplomatic backlash too.

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Coming Sept. 23: And Now the Hard Part

Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for a new podcast focused on practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing the world today.

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Announcing the 2019 Essay Contest

Tell us how you think U.S. engagement with Russia should change to best improve global security.

President Donald Trump joins dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. /

This Is the Moment That Decides the Future of the Middle East

If the United States is done fighting for Saudi Arabia’s oil, it's done fighting for the entire region.

A member of a local election commission prepares a polling station ahead of elections in Moscow on Sept. 6.

Russia’s Future Is Still in the Hands of Putin’s Cronies

The president’s allies are starting to express discontent. They’ll stick with him for now, but a change could be coming.

A picture taken on Sept. 15 shows an Aramco oil facility at the edge of the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

What You Need to Know About the Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities

So far, attacks attributed to Iran haven’t resulted in a military confrontation with the United States.

An employee walks behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of the internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow on Oct. 17, 2016.

Russia and China Are Trying to Set the U.N.’s Rules on Cybercrime

At the United Nations General Assembly, the United States must push back against their agenda.

Vice Adm. John Miller, the commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet, answers questions from sailors in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on Jan. 26, 2015.

Former 5th Fleet Commander: Iran Attacks on Saudi Oil a ‘Significant Escalation’

Retired Vice Adm. John Miller says the United States and Saudi Arabia should ratchet up the war in Yemen to hit back at Iran.

This illustration picture taken on April 20, 2018 in Paris shows apps for Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple (GAFA) and the reflexion of a binary code displayed on a tablet screen.

The Great Anti-China Tech Alliance

The United States and Europe will regret letting Beijing win the race to govern digital technology.

A soldier launches a Javelin missile during a military drill in southern Taiwan's Pingtung county on May 30, 2019.

Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan

China’s salami-slicing tactics can be countered—if Taipei stays smart.

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