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Syrians chant slogans and wave opposition flags as they protest against the Syrian government during a demonstration in Binnish in the rebel-held northern Idlib province late on Sept. 17. (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images)

How Putin’s Syrian War Is Humbling Trump

The Kremlin is filling the vacuum created by the U.S. retreat from the Middle East—now, with a buffer zone in Idlib.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov watch the Vostok-2018 military drills at Tsugol training ground not far from the Chinese and Mongolian border in Siberia, on September 13, 2018. ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Russia Wraps Vostok Exercise; Taliban Experiments With Governance

Catch up on everything you need to know about Russian military exercises, a Taliban experiment in governance, and a South Korean diplomatic offensive.

Two employees of Christie’s auction house maneuver the Lehman Brothers corporate logo before placing it in an auction on Sept. 24, 2010. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How the Tariff War Could Turn Into the Next Lehman

A decade on, we still don’t get the deeper interconnections in the global economic system—or how it could blow up again.

A Yemeni man walks past burning tires in Aden on Sept. 6. (Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Doubles Down on War in Yemen

Despite mounting violence, the United States will continue supporting airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Chinese shipping containers await transportation at the Port of Long Beach in California on July 12. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Trade War With China Is About to Get Supersized

Washington is levying more tariffs, leaving Beijing to retaliate in other painful ways, from Iran to North Korea.

Smoke rises in the Syrian village of Kafr Ain in the southern countryside of Idlib province after an airstrike on Sept. 7. (Anas al-Dyab/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ramps Up Threats of Military Action Against Syria’s Assad

The administration is worried about lingering Iranian and Russian influence in Syria.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) listens to testimony during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The War Over War Powers Heats Up in Congress

A top Middle East diplomat’s confirmation has been blocked in the Senate as new Syria strikes loom.

This picture shows the destruction after government forces bombed the town of Al Habit on the southern edges of the rebel-held Idlib province on September 9, 2018. OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Pentagon Draws Up ‘Options’ for Striking Assad; Trump Expands CIA’s Drone Mission in Africa

Catch up on everything you need to know about a possible military strike against Assad, the expansion of the CIA’s shadowy drone mission against militants in Africa under Trump, and all the latest from North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks following the ceremonial swearing-in of James Mattis as secretary of defense on Jan. 27, 2017, at the Pentagon in Washington. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Slow-Walk a President

U.S. leaders have almost unchecked powers in a crisis. But the bureaucracy has ways to gum up the system.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks during a welcome ceremony in the lobby of the State Department in Washington on May 1.  (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Federal Watchdogs Target Bullying, Retaliation at State Department

Mari Stull, a wine blogger-turned-Trump appointee, is the subject of two investigations into allegations of reprisals and bullying at the State Department.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the press during a briefing at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Eyes Fox News Reporter to Head Counterpropaganda Office

The troubled agency is charged with responding to Russian influence operations.

The dollar’s dominant role in the global financial system, and thus U.S. sanctions power, is driving the search for alternatives. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The Buck Stops Here: Europe Seeks Alternative to U.S.-Dominated Financial System

Germany and France complain that the U.S. is abusing sanctions power to bully even its allies.

A French soldier involved in the regional anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane stands guard next to a Reaper drone at the French military air base in Niamey, Niger, on March 14, 2016. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images)

Shadowy U.S. Drone War in Africa Set to Expand

Deployment of armed drones in Niger coincides with a new U.S. plan to withdraw some troops.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks during a press conference at the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations at the Hoover Institution on the campus of Stanford University on July 24, 2018 in Stanford, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Security Brief: Sticking Points at Historic U.S.-India Talks; Making the Carrier Great Again?

Catch up on everything you need to know about the inaugural U.S.-India ministerial dialogue in New Delhi this week, the U.S. Navy’s big step toward building a new unmanned tanker, and more.

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