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U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019.

China Will Be Front and Center During the 2020 Election

Whether it’s about trade or the coronavirus, it’s possible to be tough on China without being racist or reckless.

Graffiti showing U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Berlin on April 26.

Trump Is Dangerously Predictable With China

Whether he is cozying up to China or scapegoating it, Trump has consistently placed his personal political interests over those of the United States.

Children welcome a convoy of settlers to the Israeli settlement of Mehola in the Jordan Valley, in the occupied West Bank, on Feb. 3.

Biden Must Speak Out Against Israeli Annexation Plans Before It’s Too Late

With Trump’s blessing, Israel is getting ready to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank as soon as July. Biden shouldn’t go along.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 10, 2019.

Let the Referendum on Trump and Trumpism Begin

The November election isn’t just the most important political event of 2020 in the United States. It’s the most important political event in the world.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his state of the nation address in Budapest on Feb. 18, 2018.

The Shocking ‘Coronavirus Coup’ in Hungary Was a Wake-Up Call

While the world is shut down, history hasn’t stopped. Authoritarians are seizing the opportunity.

Allyson Felix of the United States wins gold in the women's 4 x 400 meter relay at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2016.

Mourning the Olympics and All the Celebrations We’re Losing to the Pandemic

Especially in times like these, it's OK to feel for everyone whose milestone events have been canceled or postponed.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Aug. 15, 2019.

The Virus Has Exposed the Recklessness of Trump’s “America First”

The world needs to cooperate to beat the coronavirus pandemic. That includes you, President Trump.

A Palestinian demonstrator points a toy gun at a cartoon drawing depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against his Middle East peace plan on Jan. 27.

We Know Peace Plans—This Isn’t One of Them

Here’s why Trump’s latest gambit probably won’t settle the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a New Year’s address to Russians in central Moscow on Dec. 31, 2017.

Putin Is Following the Game Plan of Other Autocrats Before Him

And moves like his Jan. 15 announcement generally work—both to secure a leader’s power and ensure a favorable transition down the road.

Members of Code Pink protest

Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes

Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.

Protesters demonstrate against Trump’s Iran policy outside the White House on Jan. 7.

Praise for the Suleimani Strike Isn’t Based in Reality

The ideological architects of one of the United States’ most disastrous foreign-policy decisions—the 2003 invasion of Iraq—are spinning a tale to support Trump’s most dangerous move to date.

Mourners wait for the funeral procession of the Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iranian military commander Qassem Suleimani, and eight others outside the Imam Abbas mosque in Karbala, Iraq, on Jan. 4.

Trump Is Playing With Fire in the Middle East

The U.S. president may claim that the strike on Iran’s Suleimani was meant to “stop a war,” yet it will do anything but.

A journalist takes pictures of a projection screen prior to the start of Germany's auction for the construction of a 5G mobile network in Mainz on March 19.

The U.S.-Chinese Trade War Just Entered Phase 2

Its next chapter will be fought through export and import controls, investment restrictions, and sanctions—and the United States should prepare itself now.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames consume Iran's consulate in the Iraqi Shiite holy city of Najaf on Nov. 27.

The United States Can Offer the People of Lebanon and Iraq Something Tehran Can’t

Protesters in Iraq and Lebanon are rising up against Iranian influence, sectarianism, and corruption. The U.S. Congress should offer conditional aid that forces governments to respond to their citizens’ grievances.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrols the northeastern town of Qahtaniyah, Syria.

A U.S. Withdrawal Will Cause a Power Struggle in the Middle East

Washington could find itself fighting its way back into the region for the first time since World War II.

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