Report

An oil rig in the Tamar field off Israel's coast in 2013. It was the first major find in the Eastern Mediterranean and will supply natural gas for export to Egypt. (Noble Energy)

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Eastern Mediterranean energy patch is hot — unfortunately, in more ways than one.

An Iranian woman prays as she attends Christmas Eve mass at the St Joseph Armenian Catholic church in Tehran on Dec. 24, 2016.        (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Turns Away Iranian Christians

Despite White House promises and U.S. legal protections for religious minorities, Washington rejects appeal for asylum from more than 100 Iranian Christians.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the U.N. Security Council in New York on Feb. 20.
 (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Attempt to Strike “Ultimate” Middle East Deal Faces New Setback

Mahmoud Abbas challenges American leadership of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process at the United Nations.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speak in a press conference in Ankara, Turkey on Feb. 16, 2018. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Can’t Fix What Ails U.S. Ties With Turkey

The Trump administration’s not-so-charm offensive may have steered U.S.-Turkey relations away from the brink of collapse. That’s no cause for a victory lap just yet.

Trump and Putin speak at an APEC meeting in Nov. 2017. (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is What $1.25 Million Dollars a Month Bought the Russians

A birthday card! An all-American trip! Tweets! Stolen American identities!

Foreign ministers during the international conference for Iraq reconstruction in Kuwait City, on Feb. 14. (Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was

The $30 billion pledged toward reconstruction in Iraq was more than some expected, but still short of the total needed to rebuild the country.

Illuminated portraits of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on display amid the night skyline in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Nov. 25, 2016. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

All Eyes on North Korea

Intelligence agencies are surging resources to focus on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at Stanford University on Jan. 17, 2018 in California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Year Later, Tillerson Rolls Back ‘Self Inflicted Wound’

The secretary of state’s freeze on hiring diplomats’ family members at understaffed embassies is ending, but it left resentment in its wake.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies before the Senate alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Oct. 30, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski      /AFP/Getty Images)

State Department, USAID Face Drastic Budget Cut

A budget deal ended a government shutdown, but it could gut funding for America’s diplomacy and development programs.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) waits off stage before announcing he will not support President Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal on Aug. 18, 2015 in South Orange, New Jersey. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Top Democrat’s Return Sows Uncertainty for Iran Deal

Iran hawk Bob Menendez’s reinstatement as top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee could alter politics around the nuclear deal.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to a bilateral meeting in Ahmedabad, India, on Sept. 14, 2017. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan’s Own Belt and Road

Tokyo is ramping up international partnerships and investments to offer an alternative to Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project.

Fireworks explode as singer Katy Perry performs during the Super Bowl halftime show at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 1, 2015. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

What Would Happen if Terrorists Attacked the Super Bowl With Drones?

Small unmanned aircraft are a threat to high-profile events, but taking them down safely is almost impossible.

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of House Intelligence Committee, attends a lunch on Feb. 1, 2018 at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP Memo Raises Unlikely Claims About Surveillance Warrant

Could a Trump aide have been targeted based on the famous dossier?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray in Mexico City on Feb. 23, 2017.
(Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Praises Monroe Doctrine, Warns Latin America of ‘Imperial’ Chinese Ambitions

The secretary of state kicks off his multicountry tour trying to get the region to rally behind Trump.

The Greek port of Piraeus on Jan. 31, 2015. (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is China Buying Up Europe’s Ports?

State-owned port operators are the aggressive leading edge of Beijing’s massive Belt and Road project.

A computer monitor displays a map available on the Strava website in Washington on Jan. 29. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images)

How the Spies Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fitbit

The debate over whether fitness trackers should be allowed in sensitive areas has dragged on for years.

Ramzan Kadyrov waves to the crowd in the Arab Israeli town of Abu Ghosh, west of Jerusalem, in March 2014. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Why is This Man Still on Twitter?

Banned by law from other US social media, Ramzan Kadyrov is still tweeting

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway during an interview at the White House on Aug. 3, 2017. (Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

African Ambassadors Express Disappointment After Meeting with Kellyanne Conway

When the president's advisor didn't discuss Africa, some participants were confused.

Load 10 More Articles

You have read 0 of 5 free articles

Global Thinkers 2015 Issue Cover