Analysis

Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani attends Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Tehran, Iran on Sept. 18, 2016.

The Islamic Republic of Recklessness

You might not think high-risk aggression is in Iran’s national interest, but leaders in Tehran have long disagreed.

Chinese flags in Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2006.

The Secret Sources of Populism

It is a direct response to the West’s loss of prestige and authority. And it won’t be the last political trend sparked from the outside.

Aung San Suu Kyi with Viktor Orban in Budapest on June 5.

Orban and Aung San Suu Kyi Gave in to Hate the Same Way

The two Oxford-educated leaders once preached liberal values—but found bigotry more convenient.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room in Washington on June 13.

Iran’s Carefully Coded Message

The recent strikes make clear that Iran’s enemies won’t be able to bypass it in the Persian Gulf.

People demonstrate in support of Operation Car Wash and against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in São Paulo on April 7.

Brazil’s Car Wash Investigation Faces New Pressures

Five years in, the mammoth corruption probe, beset by scandal, shows no signs of slowing down.

New York Times columnist David Brooks speaking at the Book Expo America in New York.

When Zombie Neoconservatives Attack

Why most Americans are right about foreign policy, and David Brooks is wrong.

Piglets stand in a pen at a pig farm in Yiyang county, in China's central Henan province, on Aug. 10, 2018.

China’s Outrage Culture Packs a Mean Punch

UBS is the latest company to cave to irrational but politically powerful demands.

The sun sets at the Summer Palace on October 8, 2005 in Beijing, China.

China Is Winning the Solar Space Race

The United States should be leading on the energy of the future — but it keeps blowing its chances.

Nayib Bukele speaks during the closing rally of his campaign in San Salvador on Jan. 26.

El Salvador’s Trump Takes Office

Can Nayib Bukele cozy up to the United States?

Protesters hold placards and shout slogans during a rally against the extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 9.

How to Speak Out and Stay Hidden in Hong Kong

Protest veterans have developed new tactics—but so have the police.

Fighters with the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah party, carry flags as they parade in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut, to mark the al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day, on May 31.

Hezbollah Isn’t Just in Beirut. It’s in New York, Too.

The trial of a senior operative reveals the extent of the terrorist organization’s reach in the United States and Canada.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo is displayed in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008.

How to Take Care of an Ex-Spy

Former intelligence officers need compassion —or they can turn sour.

A Saudi fan holds a scarf with portraits of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during a friendly football match between Saudi Arabia and Iraq for the "Superclassico" championship at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on Oct. 15, 2018.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Fake Anti-Extremist Campaign

The Saudi crown prince vowed to crack down on radical clerics—but the victims have mostly been advocates for moderate Islam.

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