Analysis

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Let a Thousand Parties Bloom

The only way to prevent America’s two-party system from succumbing to extremism is to scrap it altogether.

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The Upside of Populism

The same impulse that brought Trump to power could save U.S. democracy.

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Why Trade Wars Are Inevitable

Trump’s trade wars aren’t just about him or China—but global economic imbalances that the next U.S. administration will still have to address.

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The Internet Broke the News Industry—and Can Fix It, Too

The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with his Lithuanian counterpart, Saulius Skvernelis.

Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel

As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn’t gone far enough.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump listens before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, 2017.

Why the United States Is So Bad at Peace Talks

Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.

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Xinjiang Backlash Is Hitting Chinese Firms Hard

The United States has slapped sanctions on companies tied to Chinese repression. That may be just the start.

Turkish soldiers secure a road before army tanks start moving toward the Syrian border in Ceylanpinar, Turkey, on Oct. 18.

Trump Can Forget Burden Sharing Now

By abandoning the Kurds in Syria, Trump has undermined one of his central foreign policies.

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America’s Syria Debacle Is Not Trump’s Alone

By going along with the myth that the president is pulling out of the Middle East, his critics are helping make U.S. wars there worse.

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Taiwan Needs a Maoist Military

Beijing can always outspend Taipei. It’s time to think small and mean.

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Assad Is Now Syria’s Best-Case Scenario

The ruthless Syrian dictator is guilty of countless war crimes—and regrettably represents his country’s least bad remaining option.

Women wave a Lebanese national flag and Lebanese Shiite movement flags in front of portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Iran’s Proxies Are More Powerful Than Ever

The Trump administration’s maximum pressure strategy is working—just not in the way that matters most.

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the head of U.S. Central Command, and Lt. Gen. Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the commander of the Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen, are shown reportedly Iranian weapons seized by Saudi forces in central Saudi Arabia on July 18.

Trump Is Sending More Troops to Saudi Arabia

They won’t make up for backing out of Syria and failing to stand up to Iran.

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The Fire in Syria Is Shedding Light on the United States

There’s only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It’s forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.

The chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, poses with a picture of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Nobel Institute in Oslo on October 11, 2019.

Will Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Prize Tilt Ethiopia’s Election?

Western leaders long saw the authoritarian Meles Zenawi as an indispensable ally. Now, they’ve found a new hero in Abiy Ahmed. But is the Nobel Prize an effort to make amends or influence Ethiopia’s political future?

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