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U.S. President Gerald Ford (L) speaks with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (R) during the European Summit focused on Security and Cooperation on August 7, 1975 in Helsinki.

Once Upon a Time, Helsinki Meant Human Rights

Trump’s summit with Putin risks tarnishing a legacy of Republican moral leadership.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Camp Alvarado in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 9, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

It Still Doesn’t Get Worse Than Afghanistan

From alienating allies to starting trade wars, Trump has made plenty of foreign-policy errors. But his biggest blunder is the one Obama handed him.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan sign agreements in Ankara on December 18, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Strongmen Die, but Authoritarianism Is Forever

It’s reassuring to think authoritarian governments depart with their leaders. It’s also wrong.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron listen to Donald Trump on May 26, 2017 in Sicily. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU and NATO and Trump — Oh My!

Donald Trump’s trans-Atlantic policy is a contradiction in terms.

A large flag of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a campaign rally on June 19, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Don’t Trust Anybody About Turkey’s Elections

The one thing that's clear about Erdogan's re-election bid is that everything is unclear.

Donald Trump sings the national anthem with a U.S. Army chorus during a "Celebration of America" event on the south lawn of the White House June 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Is Trump’s America the Safest Country in the World?

The world is less dangerous than it was a year ago — but the long-term trends, if you're not American, have gotten cloudier.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reacts at a signing ceremony with US President Donald Trump  during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Never Call Kim Jong Un Crazy Again

After the Singapore summit, it isn't just wrong to say the North Korean leader is irrational — it's dangerous.

A man watches a television news screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on May 16, 2018. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Is Following the Saddam Hussein Playbook

The big question for the world is whether the United States will now follow its old Iraq playbook, too.

Kim Jong Un impersonator Howard X and Donald Trump impersonator Dennis Alan pose for photographers during a visit to Merlion Park in Singapore on June 8. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Photo-Op Summit

America isn't going to achieve any of its stated objectives by meeting with North Korea in Singapore. And that's okay.

Indian residents wear face mask outside the Medical College hospital in Kozhikode on May 21, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

India Is Panicking About a Virus Passed by Bat Poop

The Nipah virus is awful. Hysteria makes it worse.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Riyadh international airport on November 10, 2015. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Real Reason the Middle East Hates NGOs

Western promoters of democracy aren’t seen as a threat to individual rulers but as a reminder of colonial history.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, then-Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May pose for a photo at the G-7 summit in Sicily on May 26, 2017. (Miguel Medine/AFP/Getty Images)

Bullies Don’t Win at Diplomacy

President Donald Trump is learning that, just because the United States is powerful, that doesn’t mean it can push other countries around.

U.S. President Donald Trump checks hands with  Kim Yong Chol, former North Korean military intelligence chief and one of leader Kim Jong Un's closest aides, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on outside the Oval Office at the White House on June 1. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Meeting With North Korea Is a Win for America

It's good for the United States to talk with its enemies, even if no deal is in the offing.

French President Emmanuel Macron at the Felix Eboue Airport of Cayenne, in French Guiana, on October 26, 2017. (RONAN LIETAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron Has Changed France’s Political DNA

One year after his election, it's clear Emmanuel Macron isn't just a president — he's a liberal man of providence.

Former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Oslo on Dec. 11, 2016. (Terje Bendiksby/AFP/Getty Images)

The World Wants You to Think Like a Realist

From Europe to Iran to North Korea, the world doesn't make sense anymore — unless you put all your illusions aside.

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