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Trading Up

Why a massive trade deal is the key to the Asia pivot -- and to America's future.

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Obama’s Pacific Wager

The White House is gambling America's global standing on a trade deal with Asia. Don't bet on Congress to get it done.

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The Autocrat’s Emergency Bailout Fund

Are billions of dollars from Russia and the Gulf really worse than Western assistance?

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The Syrian Game-Changer

Why the shocking rise of al Qaeda is scrambling the war, ripping up the playbook, and turning enemies into partners.

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Our Promised Land

How the beautiful, painful, and problematic birth of Israel mirrors modern America's moral ambiguity.

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The Bear Hug

Vladimir Putin is cheering Ukraine's stiff-arm to Europe. But can Kiev also keep Russia at arm's length?

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‘The Worst of the Worst’

A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.

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Et Tu, Menendez?

Why Democrats beating Tehran down with additional sanctions and zero enrichment guarantees could backfire, badly.

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Washington’s Kid Gloves and Egypt’s Fist

Why has the Obama administration given up on speaking truth to the military rulers in Cairo?

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EPA/MOHAMEED ALGWEE

Is Libya Beyond Repair?

Not quite. But the question is whether anyone really wants to help. 

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AFP PHOTO/ SAID KHATIB

The Global War on Thinking Bad Thoughts

Can America really win the battle against Islamic extremism?

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Imperial Understretch and the Fall of Great Powers

The sad, dangerous lessons of America's budget standoff.

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Civil Surge

Can Syrian moderates prove they'd do a better job of governing liberated areas than the Islamist opposition?

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Photo: GUILLAUME BRIQUET/AFP/Getty Images

‘Everyone Is Scared of ISIS.’

Can anyone stop the radicalization of Syrian rebels?

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The Test We’re Giving Iran Is Rigged

Why Obama has to go bigger, much bigger, in making a deal with Iran -- or be prepared for a messy failure.

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