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Protesters take part in a pro-independence march on Jan. 11 in Glasgow, Scotland.

A New Scottish Independence Vote Seems All but Inevitable

With increasing support from voters, the Scottish National Party is unlikely to give up its fight for a second referendum despite the procedural obstacles it faces.

An Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) mural in North Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Brexit Could Spark a Return to Violence in Northern Ireland

Republican and loyalist paramilitary groups are using the U.K.’s departure from the EU as political cover to reignite their once-dormant campaigns of terrorism.

Prisoners walk through an atrium at HMP Pentonville in London on May 19, 2003.

Radical Islamists Are Still a Threat Behind Bars

The rise of prison emirs and radicalization among incarcerated extremists means that governments must be as vigilant with prisoners as they are with fundamentalists on the street.

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The World After Capitalism

The future depends on a social democracy that doesn’t reshape capitalism but transcends it.

Prince Harry chats with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory

Canadians’ Royal Fever Doesn’t Run That Hot

Canada might welcome Prince Harry and Meghan—but the monarchy itself is looking shaky.

Northern Ireland's new deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill (left) and First Minister Arlene Foster (right) meet with members of the British and Irish governments in Belfast, Northern Ireland, after signing a deal to restore power-sharing.

Brexit Still Looms Over Northern Ireland’s New Government

Northern Ireland’s leaders have reached a deal to restore power-sharing, but several problems remain unsolved.

Nuns visit the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba on Oct. 14, 2014.

We Are Not Who We Think We Are

A new book on the West’s declinist anxiety is a welcome antidote to Islamophobic alarmism, but it could go further in debunking misguided notions of “us” and “them.”

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in response to the Iranian strike on U.S. military personnel.

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David Petraeus says Suleimani killing reestablishes U.S. deterrence, Irish unification back on the agenda after Brexit, and drama among the British royal family.

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British Elites Know Who Isn’t Quite Their Type

The term “posh” appeals to foreigners, but the British know there are teeth underneath the smile.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex

Harry and Meghan Are Leaving the Job but Keeping the Salary

Blame the British press and Buckingham Palace staff for the royal Brexit.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald sits alongside deputy leader Michelle O’Neill, North Belfast MP John Finucane and Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew.

With Parliament Voting for Brexit, Is Irish Unification Inevitable?

Republican sentiment is rising over fears that Brexit will tank the economy, but Northern Ireland’s unionists won’t go quietly.

Supporters listen as 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event in Muscatine, Iowa, on Aug. 14, 2019.

The Real Way to Win Iowa and Places Like It

There are plenty of innovative policies to revive rural areas—and trade wars aren’t among them.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, United Kingdom, on Dec. 13, 2019, following his Conservative Party's general election victory.

Will Boris Get Brexit Done?

The British prime minister won an electoral triumph. But can he cut the Gordian Knot of leaving the EU?

A storm hits Southern California

The Global Economy 2020: A Positive Outlook Shadowed by China, Debt, and Trade Tensions

Experts expect growth to rebound, but many of their projections are built on shaky foundations.

The Scottish Saltire and the flag of Catalonia are pictured as Scottish pro- independence supporters hold a rally in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sept. 19, 2015.

How to Succeed at Seceding

As Scotland gears up for a second push for independence, Scottish nationalists should learn from Catalonia’s failures.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 20: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)  (L), former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (R) participate in the Democratic Presidential Debate at Tyler Perry Studios November 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Can the Democrats Reinvent Themselves in Time to Win in 2020?

The Democratic Party is still fatally divided over outdated ideologies, proving the left hasn't yet learned the lessons of its 2016 defeat or the recent walloping of Britain's Labour Party.

Members of the DUP watch on as Sinn Fein candidate John Finucane is declared the winner of the North Belfast seat over DUP candidate Nigel Dodds.

After Brexit, What’s Left for Northern Ireland’s Unionists?

Faced with growing calls for a united Ireland, Britain’s most loyal subjects look to an uncertain future.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the White House.

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Trump impeached, Turkey’s refugee resettlement plan, and López Obrador’s poor record combating drug cartels.

Labour Party members, including several current contenders for the party's leadership, applauded as Jeremy Corbyn delivered a speech on the final day of the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on Sept. 27, 2017.

Britain’s Labour Party Needs a 21st-Century Tony Blair—Not Blairism

After a devastating loss, the British opposition needs a leader who offers credible economic policy promises rather than pipe dreams—and knows how to win.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson campaigns in England's northwest on Dec. 7.

Boris Johnson Won’t Unite Britain—He’ll Keep Dividing It

The U.K.’s new prime minister is likely to double down on culture wars and nativist rhetoric to hold on to his new electorate.