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Pakistani residents read newspapers with coverage of Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election in Islamabad on Nov. 10, 2016.

Trump’s Hard Line on Pakistan Is All Bluster

U.S. needs in Afghanistan have overridden promises to get tough on Islamabad.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein listen to testimony during a committee hearing on the Foreign Agents Registration Act on July 26, 2017.

The Foreign Agents Registration Act Is Broken

Stepping up enforcement of FARA before reforming the act is a recipe for disaster.

Albanian opposition supporters wave their national flag and a U.S. flag during a protest demanding the resignation of the Albanian prime minister outside the government building in Tirana on Feb. 16.

The Trump Administration Is Helping Kill Albania’s Democracy

The State Department’s latest intervention in a European election served nobody’s interests at all.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2018.

Putin’s Not Ready to Call It Quits

From annexing Belarus to reforming the constitution, speculation about how the Russian president will stay in power is rife. The question is whether any of the gambits will work.

A investor monitors stock prices at a securities company in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on October 18, 2018.

The United States Is Going After China’s Banks

Using the financial 'death penalty' may be dangerous overreach.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov presents a Alabai shepherd dog to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during a meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 11, 2017.

Weekend at Berdi’s

The president of Turkmenistan is probably alive. But as with so much else in the country, it’s hard to tell.

This photograph, posed as an illustration on May 12, 2017, shows the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of the aftermath of a cyberattack on its network taken in London.

Cyberdeterrence Needs People, Not Weapons

Mass mobilization might be the best line of defense in a world of online warfare.

Benjamin Netanyahu attends a memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, in Sde Boker, Israel on Nov. 14, 2010.

Netanyahu Keeps Winning Because He’s an Effective Leader

Israel’s prime minister has now served in the role for as long as the country’s founding father. Voters support him because they’re convinced he keeps them safe and reduces their international isolation.

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To Fight Terrorists, Follow the Money

Prosecuting money launderers is the best way to stamp out terrorism and corruption.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) walks with France's President Emmanuel Macron during an official ceremony at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on June 26, 2019. (Photo by Blondet Eliot / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BLONDET ELIOT/AFP/Getty Images)

France Is Looking for New Allies in Asia

Eager to project its power in the Indo-Pacific, the country has doubled down on Japan and India.

A caricature of Hong Kong police superintendent Rupert Dover by the Chinese artist Badiucao, July 2019.

Hong Kong’s Police Violence Is Stamped ‘Made in U.K.’

Modern riot control tactics were born in the city’s 1960s riots. Now they’re back with a vengeance.

Police stand guard on the street in front of the Colosseum near concrete blocks placed to prevent vehicle attacks in central Rome on Aug. 26, 2017.

Is Italy Immune From Terrorism?

In recent years, the country has managed to avoid jihadi violence. But not everyone will want to copy its methods.

Cars pass by a memorial to American soldiers from New York state who were killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, near Canandaigua, New York, on June 4.

Limited Wars Are Forever Wars

A new book looks at why the U.S. military keeps trapping itself in endless conflicts.

U.S. President Donald Trump applauds at the end of Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech during a business leaders event in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017.

The Abyss Is Opening Under China-U.S. Relations

Cool heads are needed in both Beijing and Washington.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, second right, attends a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing on April 28.

Imran Khan Mustn’t Let Trump Make Pakistan a Scapegoat

Almost four decades after the first U.S.-Pakistani mission in Afghanistan, Islamabad risks getting caught in the crosshairs of great-power politics again. Only deft diplomacy will save it.

A former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), now a member of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) party, takes part in a protest in Bogotá on March 18.

Colombia’s Uneasy Peace

A few years after Bogotá struck a deal with the FARC, challenges to the agreement risk undermining it.

Protestors sit next to a statue symbolizing former "comfort women," who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War II, during a weekly rally near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Jan. 10, 2018.

Japan’s Trade War Is as Futile as Trump’s

Tokyo’s temper tantrum over history is mostly hurting itself.

Pedro Sánchez, leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), holds a meeting with the leader of Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid on May 7.

Here’s How to Finally Solve Spain’s Governmental Standstill

A coalition between Pedro Sánchez’s Socialists and Albert Rivera’s Ciudadanos could prevent a fourth election in as many years—but voters are unlikely to buy it.

Tourists visit La Clandestina, a private shop in Havana, on March 28, 2018. Entrepreneurs known as cuentapropistas and their employees represent 12 percent of the country’s work force—some 580,000 Cubans.

The End of Cuba’s Entrepreneurship Boom

It isn’t just Trump who has put the country’s small businesses under pressure. Díaz-Canel is after them, too.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (L) attend a cabinet retreat on November 14, 2018 in Potsdam, Germany.

Ursula von der Leyen Isn’t Perfect, but She’s Better Than the Alternative

Opposing the compromise candidate for EU commission president will further empower populists and Euroskeptics.

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