Iran’s Pact With China Is Bad News for the West
Tehran’s new strategic partnership with Beijing will give the Chinese a strategic foothold and strengthen Iran’s economy and regional clout.
Trump Has Pushed Iran Into China’s Arms
Hard-liners in Tehran have called for closer ties to China for years. The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement gave them what they wanted.
Scowcroft Trusted America
Washington’s honest broker built a National Security Council that placed a lot of power in the hands of a trusted few—despite the chance that those hands might belong to someone like Trump.
Give Up on Proxy Wars in the Middle East
The United States has the opportunity to reshape its alliances and bolster lasting stability in the region—but only by ending a failed approach.
Europe Must Stand Up for Belarus
The crisis has come at the worst possible time, but red lines must be set.
Slaughter in the East China Sea
What happens if China fights the United States and Japan? A mutual disaster, wargame predicts.
India Doesn’t Want to Be a Pawn in a U.S.-China Great Game
Beijing’s belligerence is driving New Delhi closer toward Washington—but with strings attached.
Iraq’s Indigenous Peoples Can’t Face Another Conflict
Despite the Islamic State’s retreat, Assyrians fear for their security in the Nineveh Plains. They need stronger support from Washington and Baghdad.
Oslo Is Dead, the Two-State Solution Isn’t
A two-state solution remains the only politically viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and, with the right Israeli and U.S. leaders, it can be achieved outside the Oslo framework.
Washington Needs a Better Plan for Competing With China
U.S. China policy is heavy on rhetoric and light on goals. Articulating a clear set of objectives—from trade to defense—will help policymakers focus their efforts.
Normal Is Over for Russia’s Hinterland
The ongoing protests in Russia’s far east aren’t a one-off—they’re a preview of the future of the country’s periphery.
Iraq’s New Prime Minister Wants to Control the Iran-Backed Militias. It Won’t Be Easy.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi is better placed than many of his predecessors to cement the Iraqi state’s authority, but independent armed groups are pushing back.
Coronavirus Victories May Not Be Enough for Cuba
Health care success could inspire economic change, but the future still looks bleak.
How Israel Emerged as an Unlikely Peacemaker in the Middle East
By playing a productive role mediating between Qatar and its foes, the country has carved out a position as the one actor that could ease regional tensions.
Modi’s Textbook Manipulations
Under cover of the pandemic, the administration has removed chapters on democracy, secularism, and citizenship from schoolbooks.
Putin Is Ruling Russia Like a Central Asian Dictator
The Kremlin didn’t invent term limit resets and constitutional referendums. The autocratic leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan blazed the trail.
Auf Wiedersehen to a Mostly Successful, Sometimes Rocky Arranged Marriage
From economic woes to racial strife, America’s troop presence in Germany hasn’t always been easy. But it always made an impact.
Kashmiris Lament the Loss of Their Youth
While much of India opened up to the world after the country’s 1991 reforms, Kashmir instead became the world’s most militarized zone. A generation of young people have suffered.
The Beirut Blast Is Lebanon’s Chernobyl
Negligence and corruption have caused a devastating disaster.
Russia Is Winning the Information War in Afghanistan
The country’s former occupier is using Kremlin-backed media to fuel anger toward the United States.
Putin’s Security Forces Are Increasingly Unsure About Putin
Anti-government protests are growing, and the Kremlin doesn’t have stormtroopers willing to mount a crackdown.
Beijing’s Retaliation on TikTok Could Hurt U.S. Firms
A forced sale may create another hurdle for U.S. companies operating in China.
Arab Dictators Are Learning to Love Collective Punishment
Middle Eastern regimes increasingly aren’t just targeting dissidents—they’re going after their entire families.
COVID-19 Heats Up the New Great Game in Central Asia
Washington has a golden opportunity to counter China’s gains.
Latin America Can’t Survive the Coronavirus Crisis Alone
Countries are too rich to access conventional aid, but they can’t cope by themselves.
Israel Can’t Hide Evidence of Its Occupation Anymore
For more than 20 years, an obscure U.S. law concealed satellite imagery of Israel’s activities in the occupied territories. Because of an abrupt reversal, satellite technology can now be used to defend Palestinians’ human rights.
When Everything Is a Crisis, Nothing Is
Invoking crisis is a favorite tactic of dictators—and widespread misuse of the word robs it of its power.
Vietnam Steps Up to Take ASEAN Leadership Role
Hanoi’s strong position on China and COVID-19 success bolster its status.
The End of Immigration Detention Doesn’t Mean the End of Fortress Europe
The coronavirus pandemic temporarily ended the practice of detaining and deporting asylum-seekers in many countries, but harsher border controls could make reaching Europe and the United States harder than ever.
Trans-Atlantic Ties Should Put Finance, Not Security, First
Biden will need a progressive Europe policy for a post-Trump age.
As Europe Reckons With Racism, Italy Still Won’t Confront Its Colonial Past
Italian forces used chemical weapons and committed war crimes in Africa—but the country’s sordid history is not taught in schools and is rarely discussed by politicians or intellectuals.