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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room in Washington on June 13.

Iran’s Carefully Coded Message

The recent strikes make clear that Iran’s enemies won’t be able to bypass it in the Persian Gulf.

Boris Johnson arrives for the Conservative Leadership televised debate in London on June 18.

Will Boris Be Britain’s ‘Last Conservative Prime Minister’?

Many Tories fear a Johnson premiership will tear the party apart for good.

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks during his meeting with his Portuguese counterpart, João Gomes Cravinho, at the Pentagon in Washington on June 14.

Shanahan Out as Pentagon Chief as Reports Emerge of Family Disputes

In a tweet, Trump named Mark Esper, the secretary of the Army, as the new acting secretary of defense.

Aung San Suu Kyi with Viktor Orban in Budapest on June 5.

Orban and Aung San Suu Kyi Gave in to Hate the Same Way

The two Oxford-educated leaders once preached liberal values—but found bigotry more convenient.

White House National Security Council aide Fiona Hill sits with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and others during the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16, 2018.

Trump’s Top Russia Aide to Depart

Fiona Hill will be replaced by the arms control expert Tim Morrison, signaling a possible shift toward nuclear talks.

Chinese flags in Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2006.

The Secret Sources of Populism

It is a direct response to the West’s loss of prestige and authority. And it won’t be the last political trend sparked from the outside.

Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani attends Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, Iran on Sept. 18, 2016.

The Islamic Republic of Recklessness

You might not think high-risk aggression is in Iran’s national interest, but leaders in Tehran have long disagreed.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on April 25.

Big Brother Comes to Belgrade

Chinese facial recognition software has arrived in Serbia. It confirms the West’s worst fears about Huawei.

Conservative MP Boris Johnson leaves his home in London on June 13.

Here Comes Boris

Plus: Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi dies in court, the United States sends more troops to the Middle East, and the other stories we’re following today.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 26, 2013.

A Dangerous Game of Nuclear Brinkmanship

By threatening to breach the nuclear deal, Tehran hopes to scare Europe into prodding the United States back to the negotiating table. It may not work.

Then-Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, nominee to be general and commander of the U.S. Central Command, testifies during a Senate Armed Service Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2018.

New Centcom Chief Walks Tightrope on Iran as Trump Adds Troops

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie must strike a balance between sending a strong deterrent signal and provoking a war in the Middle East.

Piglets stand in a pen at a pig farm in Yiyang county, in China's central Henan province, on Aug. 10, 2018.

China’s Outrage Culture Packs a Mean Punch

UBS is the latest company to cave to irrational but politically powerful demands.

New York Times columnist David Brooks speaking at the Book Expo America in New York.

When Zombie Neoconservatives Attack

Why most Americans are right about foreign policy, and David Brooks is wrong.

People demonstrate in support of Operation Car Wash and against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in São Paulo on April 7.

Brazil’s Car Wash Investigation Faces New Pressures

Five years in, the mammoth corruption probe, beset by scandal, shows no signs of slowing down.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at an East Room event on “second chance hiring” June 13, 2019 at the White House in Washington, DC.

Trump Weighs Military Options Against Iran

Officials are reportedly considering a proposal to send as many as 6,000 additional U.S. troops to the region.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek on June 14.

Iran in Retreat From Nuclear Deal

Plus: Hong Kong enters its second week of protest, Mexico begins its migration crackdown, and what to watch in the world this week.

Nayib Bukele speaks during the closing rally of his campaign in San Salvador on Jan. 26.

El Salvador’s Trump Takes Office

Can Nayib Bukele cozy up to the United States?

The sun sets at the Summer Palace on October 8, 2005 in Beijing, China.

China Is Winning the Solar Space Race

The United States should be leading on the energy of the future — but it keeps blowing its chances.

A from Iranian news agency Tasnim reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control the fire from the Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.

The World This Weekend

Fallout continues after tanker attacks, protests rage in Hong Kong, and talks resume in Sudan.

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans during a rally against the extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9.

How to Speak Out and Stay Hidden in Hong Kong

Protest veterans have developed new tactics—but so have the police.

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