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Iraqi forces drive towards Kurdish Peshmerga positions on Oct. 15 on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk. (Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is in Denial About Iraq

The war in Iraq won’t end as long as the United States avoids deciding what it wants there.

Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and then-
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016.  (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia Has Invented Social Media Blitzkrieg

And it’s time that America learns to defend itself.

Refugees arriving from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios in 2016. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Wants Refugees to Fit In or Stay Out

An obscure new policy would give priority to refugees who seem like they might “assimilate.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the f8 Developer Conference in  San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Pro-Free Speech Way to Fight Fake News

Most cures for fraudulent news threaten to be worse than the disease. There’s at least one exception.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military at Joint Andrews Air Force base, Maryland on September 15.     MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

The Donald Trump-Kaiser Wilhelm Parallels Are Getting Scary

Both men were insecure and undisciplined — and in charge of governments in thrall to the military.

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released on Aug. 30 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Your Apocalyptic Fantasies Aren’t Helping the North Korea Crisis

Stop speculating about nuclear war, and start asking these six questions about the Trump administration’s policies toward Pyongyang.

(From L) World Council of Churches (WCC) spokeswoman Marianne Ejdersten, Nuclear disarmament group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) executive director Beatrice Fihn, ICAN coordinator Daniel Hogstan and ICAN member of the steering committee Grethe Ostern attend a press conference after ICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize for its decade-long campaign to rid the world of the atomic bomb on October 6, 2017 in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

An Award for the Collapse of Nuclear Disarmament

ICAN isn’t the Nobel Peace Prize winner that policymakers wanted, but it’s the one they deserve.

A Swiss police sniper stands guard on the roof next to the Congress centre during the first day of the World Economic Forum, on January 17, 2017 in Davos. / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Cheers for Globalism!

An unabashed defense of the Trump administration’s favorite object of ire.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sits among senior army staff as he delivers his speech during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, on September 22, 2017 in Tehran.
Rouhani vowed that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France. / AFP PHOTO / str        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Keep the Iran Deal, Attack the Regime

Blowing up the nuclear deal would be a big step backward in the fight against Tehran.

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30:  Balloons drop as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) take the stage after accepting the nomination during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC which will conclude today.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

America Should Let a Thousand Political Parties Bloom

With the two party system coming apart, the United States ought to take its cues from Europe.

A Saudi woman drives her car along a street in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah, on September 27, 2017. 
Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, state media said on September 26, 2017 in a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel.  / AFP PHOTO / REEM BAESHEN        (Photo credit should read REEM BAESHEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The King Hands Over the Car Keys

How Saudi women finally grabbed the wheel from the country's religious conservatives.

Johnson Shakes Hands With Soldiers in Vietnam

Trump Needs to Watch Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam War’ ASAP

The president might think his war of words with North Korea is harmless, but wars have a way of escalating.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Neuss, western Germany on September 21, 2017, during the final days before Germans head to the polls. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Angela Merkel’s Great Escape

The chancellor's response to the refugee crisis was going to be her downfall. Then Germany's welfare state kicked in.

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