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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Trump Takes Aim at Iran, China, and the Global System in Big U.N. Speech

And draws a rare laugh from world leaders while boasting of his accomplishments.

Lassina Zerbo, the executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, in Vienna on Sept. 28, 2017. (Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

The Arms Control Believer

Lassina Zerbo isn’t letting the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty go.

Taiwanese soldiers simulate fending off an attempted invasion during an annual drill at the military base in Hualien on Jan. 30. (Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

Taiwan Can Win a War With China

Beijing boasts it can seize the island easily. The PLA knows better.

U.S. natural gas cargoes, such as this shipment from Louisiana on Nov. 6, 2017, have increasingly gone to China but could be at risk from the trade war. (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Trump’s Trade War With China Could Hit Energy Exports

China places tariffs on natural gas, a fast-growing U.S. export.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 31. (Valery Sharifulin/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Report Details How North Korea Evades Sanctions

But a feud between Russia and the U.S. has kept the document from being published.

A Chinese flag flies over a local mosque closed by authorities as an ethnic Uighur woman sells bread at her bakery in Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China, on June 28, 2017. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China Has Chosen Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang—For Now

It’s expensive to destroy a people without killing them, but Beijing is willing to pay the price.

A satellite photo from September 16, 2004 depicting what South Korean officials described as "mushroom-shaped clouds" over North Korea's remote northeastern region. (LEE JONG-CHUL/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Your Mission Is to Keep All This From Collapsing Into Nuclear Hellfire’

An open letter to Donald Trump's new North Korea envoy on how to avoid Armageddon.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump walk along the Rose Garden colonnade as they arrive for a joint news conference at the White House, June 7, 2018 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Don’t Let the U.S.-Japanese Alliance Get Out of Shape

Joint military exercises have kept the relationship strong despite Trump, but that could soon change.

Two U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bombers fly over the Pacific Ocean during a routine training mission on Aug. 2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis)

U.S. Air Force Seeks Largest Expansion Since Cold War

The increase reflects a shift in focus away from counterterrorism and toward possible conflict with China or Russia.

An aerial view of the world's longest cross-sea bridge, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, after the major work of the bridge was completed in Zhuhai city, south China's Guangdong province, on Dec. 31, 2017. (Imaginechina via AP Images)

Beijing Is Foisting a White Elephant on Hong Kong

The massive Greater Bay Area project is about China's needs, not Hong Kongers.

The managing editor of China Central Television Africa, Pang Xinhua, shows a local journalist in Nairobi how the organization has expanded in different parts of Africa on June 12, 2012. (Simon Maina/AFP/GettyImages)

China Is Buying African Media’s Silence

I wrote about Chinese oppression in a South African paper. Hours later, they cancelled my column.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (L) arrive at the presidential palace in the UAE capital on July 20, 2018. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

The Middle East Doesn’t Take China Seriously

There are some parts of the world where economic strength isn’t enough to qualify as a great power.

Djiboutians hold a Chinese flag before the launch ceremony of a Chinese-funded construction project in Djibouti, on July 4, 2018. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

Corruption Is Wasting Chinese Money in Africa

Beijing’s funding could do tremendous good—if Africans fight for their own real interests.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy

Food Fight

Why the next big battle may not be fought over treasure or territory—but for fish.

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