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A map of the world at the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism International Law Enforcement Conference June 11, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

America’s Anxiety of Influence

The power of the United States is declining—and that's nothing to worry about.

Chinese engineers work on the bridge and friendship tunnel connected to the  Karakoram highway in Pakistan on June 30, 2015.

Pakistan’s Economic Turmoil Threatens China’s Ambitions

The balance-of-payments crisis and likely IMF talks could undermine Beijing’s investments.

Venezuelan security forces check a nearby building after a drone attack on President Nicolás Maduro  in Caracas on Aug. 4. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

Consumer Drones Are Propaganda Tools, Not Killing Machines

The Maduro attack shows that the threat of drones in private hands is all smoke and noise.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in the Oval Office at the White House on April 10.

Trump Will Regret Changing His Mind About Qatar

The United States has the leverage needed to prevent Qatar from cozying up to Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood—if it’s willing to use it.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei adjusts his eye glasses after voting at a polling station in Tehran on March 14, 2008. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Is Throwing a Tantrum but Wants a Deal

Despite its defiant warnings, Tehran will eventually negotiate with Donald Trump—as long as Vladimir Putin mediates.

Yemenis gather next to the destroyed bus at the site of a Saudi-led coalition air strike, that targeted the Dahyan market the previous day in the Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 10, 2018. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is Committing War Crimes and Doesn’t Even Know Why

The United States has spent far more time obscuring its role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen than in explaining any rationale for it.

A propaganda poster showing China's President Xi Jinping is pictured on a wall in Beijing on March 12, 2018.  (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Thought Is Facing a Harsh Reality Check

China's new ideological rigidity is being put to the economic and technological test.

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The Data Arms Race Is No Excuse for Abandoning Privacy

Tech competition is being used to push a dangerous corporate agenda.

A Border Security Force (BSF) personnel patrols near the India Bangladesh fencing border ahead of 72nd Independence Day celebrations, at Lankamura village in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura on August 13, 2018. (ARINDAM DEY/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Hindu Nationalists Still Feed Off Partition’s Wounds

Assam's citizenship crisis is the latest legacy of a division that made nations.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the opening ceremony at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Is the First President to Get Turkey Right

Good riddance to the so-called strategic relationship between Washington and Ankara.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, French President Emmanuel Macron (hidden), US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chat at the belvedere of Taormina during the Heads of State and of Government G7 summit, on May 26, 2017 in Sicily.
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A Playbook for Taming Donald Trump

Four strategies that other countries can use to deal with a suddenly unpredictable superpower.

A supporter of Congolese leader Joseph Kabila holds a picture of the president outside Parliament in Kinshasa on July 19.

Did Kabila Just Bring Democracy to Congo?

The country’s strongman plans to step down, but the United States must tread carefully.

An engraving at the French National Library shows the ratification of the Peace of Westphalia in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 16, 1650. (Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

Meet the Middle East’s Peace of Westphalia Re-enactors

Can a series of far-flung, high-level conferences bring peace to the Middle East by applying lessons from 17th-century Europe?

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