U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Donald Trump. (AFP/Getty Images and Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Here’s Hoping Trump-Kim Isn’t Like Kennedy-Khrushchev

The inauspicious history of inexperienced presidents personally negotiating with confident adversaries.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) along with his wife Sophie Gregoire (L) pay their respects at the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, India on February 21, 2018.

Teflon Trudeau Is His Own Worst Enemy

In the absence of a serious political challenge from the left or right, Canada’s prime minister is suffering from self-inflicted damage.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron at the European Commission in Brussels on February 23, 2018. (OLIVIER HOSLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Forgot What ‘Conservative’ Means

If the center-right doesn't reclaim its mission, it will soon be swallowed by populism.

President Donald Trump meets with Mohammed bin Salman, then deputy crown prince, in the Oval Office on March 14, 2017.

Crown Prince of Disorder

Mohammed bin Salman's consolidation of power is making Saudi Arabia a more unpredictable U.S. ally than ever before.

Thierry Baudet, the leader of the Forum voor Democratie (FvD) party, reacts during election night in Amsterdam, on March 15, 2017.

The New Dutch Disease Is White Nationalism

An upstart far-right party in the Netherlands threatens to entrench xenophobia in one of Europe’s most progressive countries.

A visitor at the entrance of the memorial site of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, on Jan. 25, 2015. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Poland’s Misunderstood Holocaust Law

My government wants to ban accusations of Polish wartime complicity for the sake of honoring history.

Andrea Nahles and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin, on March 12, 2018. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s Post-Merkel Power Fraus

The German chancellor's most likely successors are both women — but the similarities end there.

Mike Pompeo speaks at the American Enterprise Institute on Jan. 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Good Riddance to CIA Director Pompeo

Nobody's throwing goodbye parties at Langley for the outgoing boss.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (right) welcomes Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Brussels on Jan. 9.  (JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Play Hardball With Poland

Brussels needs to admit that Warsaw's democratic charade is over.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on March 7, 2018 in London, England. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Isn’t Wonky Enough

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince knows his country needs an economic overhaul, but his plans don’t add up.

Lega far right party leader Matteo Salvini smiles at the Lega headquarter in Milan on March 5, 2018. (PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy Is the West’s Future

The chaos of Italy's election is the result of long-standing trends — and a preview of what's to come in Europe.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic address a joint press conference following their talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on February 27, 2018.

How Aleksandar Vucic Became Europe’s Favorite Autocrat

The EU is undermining its credibility by choosing stability over democracy in Serbia

Jens Weidmann presents at the Bundesbank on May 2, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany. (Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

The Most Dangerous Man in Europe Is Jens Weidmann

The front-runner to lead Europe’s central bank doesn't seem to believe in central banking.

A worker tests the quality of molten iron at a furnace in the production area of the Zhong Tian (Zenith) Steel Group Corporation in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China on May 12, 2016.

Steeling for a Fight

Trump's threatened tariffs won't hurt China. They'll goad the EU to retaliate and could spark a global trade war that won't end well for anyone.

Italian PM Matteo Renzi waved as he received UK Prime Minister, Theresa May at Villa Pamphili, on July 27, 2016 in Rome.

The Italian Center-Left Didn’t Collapse. It Never Existed.

A party with no sense of what it stood for was doomed from the start.

A still from "The Death of Stalin." (IFC Films)

Giggling at the Gulag

"The Death of Stalin" turns tyranny into comedy.

A burning mural of Saddam Hussein in Kirkuk on April 11, 2003. (Patrick Barth/Getty Images)

Baathism Caused the Chaos in Iraq and Syria

The United States invaded the Levant 15 years ago – but the region’s scorched-earth ideology has kept the fire burning.

White House National Security Advisor HR McMaster on December 13, 2017 in Washington,DC. (ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)

McMaster’s Problem Isn’t Trump. It’s Mattis and Kelly.

The "axis of adults" has been running foreign policy, but the national security advisor was quickly pushed to the kids' table.

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