People gather in Istanbul to support the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt on July 16, 2016. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Alliance With Turkey Is Worth Preserving

Ankara is a difficult friend. That doesn't mean the United States should cut it loose.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hand with Czech President Milos Zeman in Prague on March 29, 2016. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Prague Opened the Door to Chinese Influence. Now It May Need to Change Course.

The fall of a shadowy Chinese oil magnate may bring a reckoning to cozy Czech-Chinese relations.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

What to Expect From Talks With North Korea

This week’s guest, Mickey Bergman, has been to the table with North Korea before and knows what to expect from the upcoming talks.

Mike Pompeo before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC, on Jan. 12, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Will Be North Korea’s Trump-Whisperer

The new secretary of state could decide the success of the high-stakes Korea summit.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  attending an art performance dedicated to nuclear scientists and technicians. (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Give North Korea All the Prestige It Wants

Donald Trump can afford the humiliation of negotiating with Kim Jong Un.

A decades-old edifice being demolished to make way for a Trump project, Chicago, Jan. 3, 2005. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump Opened ‘Pandora’s Box’ With Tariffs

There’s a reason countries have been loath to use the national security excuse to slap tariffs on imports: It’s a recipe for disaster.

Chinese consular staff wave national flags in front of a demonstration by supporters of the Falungong spiritual movement outside the venue where China's Vice President Xi Jinping was opening Australia's first Chinese Medicine Confucius Institute, at the RMIT University in Melbourne on June 20, 2010. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

House Proposal Targets Confucius Institutes as Foreign Agents

The draft bill is the first legislative attempt to push back against the Chinese state-run programs.

A Chinese worker loads coal into a furnace on November 3, 2016 in Inner Mongolia, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China’s Zombie Firms Can’t Lurch Forever

As state-backed companies' debts mount, China faces an inevitable slowdown.

U.S. Defense Chariman Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford attend a ceremony to commemorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon September 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 
(Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

America’s Military Is Nostalgic for World Wars

The Pentagon is a bit too excited about the return of great-power rivalry.

Then-North Korean leader Kim Jong Il meets then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her visit to Pyongyang on Oct. 24, 2000.  (Photo credit: Chien-min Chung/AFP/Getty Images)

Decades of U.S. Diplomacy With North Korea: a Timeline

Trump's potential meeting with Kim Jong Un follows decades of mostly failed U.S. talks with the Hermit Kingdom.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Serious Problems With a Trump-Kim Meeting

It's not good if only one of the two participants knows what he's doing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on May 9, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. (RIA Novosti via Getty Images)

China’s Global Dreams Give Its Neighbors Nightmares

From Russia to Central Asia, Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative triggers bad memories of Chinese imperialism.

Demonstrators dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump embrace during a peace rally in Seoul on November 5, 2017.  ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: White House Sends Mixed Messages on North Korea Talks

The Trump administration can't get its message straight on talks with North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves before entering the Oval Office on March 7, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is the Peacemaker Korea Has Always Needed

Stop talking about the president's temperament, and start judging him by his results.

President Donald Trump, surrounded by steel and aluminum workers, proclaims new tariffs that many fear will spark a trade war, Mar. 8, 2018. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Knows the Best Trade Wars. The Very Best.

What better way to boost national security than to tick off all your allies?

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