Analysis

NASA avionics technician Lauren Prinski looks out the window of a research aircraft before takeoff from Thule Air Base in Greenland on March 30, 2017.

Here’s How Trump Should Have Approached Greenland

The United States can build on its strategic toehold without buying the entire country.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after news that Merrill Lynch & Co. was selling itself to Bank of America Corp. and the financial firm Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sept. 15, 2008.

What the 2008 Financial Crisis Can Teach Us Today

With a potential recession around the corner, it is worth remembering how regulators contained the last panic.

A soldier inspects debris at the site of a car bomb attack that took place at police station in Aden, Yemen, on Aug. 1.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Collapsing Coalition in Yemen Means Trouble for Trump

Growing tensions between long-standing allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could lead to southern secession in Yemen and harm the White House’s pressure campaign on Iran.

Students attend a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on Aug. 22.

Beijing Is Shooting Its Own Foot in Hong Kong

Political paranoia is making it hard for the Chinese Communist Party to sell its own narrative.

Beto O'Rourke carries his son Henry O'Rourke on his shoulder as they march along the US Mexico border in protest of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, February 11 in El Paso, Texas.

Liberals Need National Borders

The immigration issue is there for the taking for Democrats—if they don’t treat it as a culture war.

A Libyan flag is seen outside an oil refinery in Zawiya on Sept. 23, 2011.

Outsiders’ Battle to Rebuild Libya Is Fueling the Civil War There

In competing for lucrative reconstruction contracts, China, Italy, France, Russia, and others are preventing the conflict from ending.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Chadian President Idriss Déby during the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi on Aug. 27, 2016.

Japan Is Taking on China in Africa

With more strategic investments, Japan may hold a key to sustainable development on the continent.

A rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch center in China's southwestern Sichuan province on Dec. 8, 2018.

America Is Losing the Second Space Race to China

The private sector can give the United States a much-needed rocket boost.

A protester dressed as German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands next to a giant 1 Euro coin during a demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin October 21, 2011, calling on Germany and France to spend more on alleviating poverty and protecting the environment, rather than on banks.

Germany Is an Economic Masochist

Europe’s biggest economy could easily stop its own slide into long-term stagnation—but it would prefer not to.

A dog hangs around an abandoned farmhouse on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California.

The Global Food Crisis Is Here

It’s not just that climate change is ravaging the world’s agriculture. Agriculture is also ravaging the climate.

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, Imam Talib Shareef, and Rev. Traci Blackmon speak at a rally at the White House on June 30, 2018.

To Protect Human Rights Abroad, Preach to Trump Voters

Religious leaders can help convince the most ethnocentric and authoritarian U.S. voters to oppose Washington’s backing of abusive dictators.

A Solidarity union supporter holds a sign as she and several thousands gather for an open-air Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in Gdansk on June 12, 1987.

Donald Trump and the War for Polish History

The Law and Justice party is trying to reframe the fight against the Nazis and communism—and the U.S. president is a useful pawn.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he attends a rally in Rome on Nov. 27, 2013.

We’re All Living in Berlusconi’s World Now

The Italian leader played buffoon, victim, and messiah. Others have followed suit.

U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a news conference on August 19 in St. Paul, Minnesota after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a planned trip by Omar and Tlaib to visit Israel and the West Bank.

Trump Doesn’t Care About Israel. He Cares About Reelection.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s capitulation to the White House over Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s visit has harmed his country’s image and profoundly endangered bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.

Foreign Policy illustration/Zach Gibson/Dominique Berretty/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Make America Existentialist Again

French philosophy came to define the postwar era. As U.S. politics get ever more absurd, it’s time for a comeback.

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