Analysis

U.S. President Donald Trump, right and South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Trump’s Penny-Pinching Dooms His Korean Diplomacy

The U.S. president stumbled into rare success with Pyongyang. Now he’s screwing it up.

An Indian bride looks on as she and others participate in a mass marriage in Ahmedabad on Dec. 3, 2018.

Bride Price

India’s wedding industry slumps as the country’s economy continues its slowdown.

Wheat

The Great American Food Aid Boondoggle

The United States could feed millions more people—if it changed outdated policies.

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok (C) arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels on Nov. 11.

Sudan’s New Government Can’t Succeed If It Remains on the U.S. Blacklist

Washington’s refusal to remove Khartoum from the state sponsors of terrorism list will slow Sudan’s transition to democracy and could undermine it.

Kevin Kühnert gives a speech during an extraordinary congress of the Social Democratic Party in Bonn on Jan. 21, 2018.

Germany’s OK Boomer Moment

Millennials on the left and right are getting tired of their country’s politics of centrism—and trouble in the governing coalition shows it.

German Green party co-leader Robert Habeck is shown as he tours the venue prior to a two-day party congress in Bielefeld, western Germany on Nov. 14.

How to Say Emmanuel Macron in German

Robert Habeck established himself outside major parties, has sweeping plans for Europe’s future—and is getting ever closer to taking power in Berlin.

Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández

U.S.-Argentine Relations Can Survive Trump’s Tariff Threat

Since Alberto Fernández’s election, the U.S. president hadn’t antagonized the incoming leftist administration—until the announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum this week.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro shake hands after their bilateral meeting in Brasília, Brazil, on Nov. 13.

Bolsonaro Placed a Losing Bet on Trump

Monday’s announcement of U.S. tariffs on Brazilian steel and aluminum imports is yet one more reason China may be looking like a better partner.

Ukrainian servicemen of the Donbass volunteer battalion take part in operations in a village in the Lysychansk district of the Luhansk region on Jan. 28, 2015.

It’s Time for Ukraine to Let the Donbass Go

Reintegration would be too costly; beyond an expensive reconstruction, it would entail reintegrating a deeply pro-Russian region at a time when Ukraine is finally moving West.

People in Hawassa, Ethiopia, celebrate the results of a referendum

Sidama Statehood Vote Throws a Wrench in Abiy Ahmed’s Plans for Ethiopia

Ethno-regional divisions might tear apart hopes of unifying power at the center.

Alleged pro-Russian rebels move tanks and heavy weaponry away from the front line of fighting in Chervone, Ukraine, in accordance with the Minsk II agreement on Feb. 26, 2015.

What the West Gets Wrong About Russia’s Intentions in Ukraine

Moscow never wanted an annexation—it just wanted a bargaining chip. Understanding that is the key to settling the conflict once and for all.

U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials

Vietnam Draws Lines in the Sea

Hanoi’s new defense white paper reflects fears of Chinese encroachment.

John Maynard Keynes. Foreign Policy illustration/Gordon Anthony/Getty Images

Socialism’s Biggest Hero Is a Bourgeois British Capitalist

John Maynard Keynes felt little solidarity for workers and inspired a century of establishment economics. The West’s revived socialists have adopted him as their own anyway.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the NATO summit at the Grove hotel northwest of London on Dec. 4.

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances

The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.