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Biden’s Old Playbook Won’t End Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Further conflict is inevitable unless Washington ends Israel's impunity and includes Palestinians in its global democracy agenda.

Anti-nuclear activists protest in Berlin.

Biden Must Be Clear About What Nuclear Weapons Are For

The U.S. president can clarify his belief in “sole purpose” through a new review process.

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Green-Lined Vision Is Blurring Reality in Israel-Palestine

Policymakers can no longer rely on an imaginary border that supposedly divides two states as a one-state reality takes shape on the ground.

Palestinians throw stones at Israeli soldiers during an anti-Israel protest over tension in Jerusalem, at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, on May 11, 2021.

No Peace Process Means No Peace

If Palestinians have no hope of a capital in East Jerusalem, Israelis will have little hope of normality.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon supply ship lifts off from the launch pad on a resupply mission to the International Space Station, on September 21, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Russian-Founded Space Start-Up Faces National Security Pressure

Momentus is raising eyebrows in Washington for its ties to Russia.

Taiwanese soldiers operate U.S.-made guns.

Unified Threats Need Decentralized Deterrence

The United States can’t afford to contain its allies anymore.

Rockets are fired from Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, toward Israel on May 10.

What the Latest Fighting Between Israelis and Palestinians Means for Biden

The U.S. president had hoped to avoid getting entangled in the conflict. Then the shooting started.

Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping accompanies then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden Looks for Defense Hotline With China

The United States says it’s ready to call China in a crisis. Will Beijing pick up?

An Indian soldier watches a British Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter at the United Nations' headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on May 9, 2000.

How Wars End

The shifting nature of war has made peacemaking more difficult. A new kind of back-channel diplomacy can help.

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China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country’s Territory

Since 2015, a previously unnoticed network of roads, buildings, and military outposts has been constructed deep in a sacred valley in Bhutan.

The Iranian governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi, leaves the venue of nuclear talks in Vienna, on April 6.

The Countdown to an Israeli War With Iran Has Begun

If Biden returns to the Iran nuclear deal, don't be surprised if Israel takes matters into its own hands.

An Ethiopian Muslim stands in a damaged building at the al-Nejashi Mosque, one of the oldest in Africa and allegedly damaged by Eritrean shelling, in Negash, Ethiopia on March 1.

Why Eritrea Won’t Leave Ethiopia

Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki has long coveted access to Ethiopia’s economy. His alliance with Abiy Ahmed will let him achieve his goals at the expense of Ethiopian sovereignty.

Members of the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fire a 41-round gun salute to mark the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at Edinburgh Castle on April 10.

The U.K. Still Knows How to Punch Above Its Weight

The recent defense review lays out how to be a midsize power in a superpower world.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media.

Australia Draws a Line on China

Canberra’s had enough of trade embargoes and Chinese grievances—and is ready to draw a line.

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