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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and the landscape near the planned city of Neom.
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Saudi Arabia Is Betting Its Future on a Desert Megacity

Can Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious plans jumpstart social and economic reform, or are they an expensive miscalculation?

US President Donald Trump waits for a dinner with Latin American and US leaders at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly September 18, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

I Would Vote for (a Sane) Donald Trump

As Republicans and Democrats abandon the middle ground, America’s two-party system is due for disruption.

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Trump Doesn’t Understand the Economics of Immigration

The United States is facing an aging population and a lack of skilled workers. The president's immigration policy is only going to make it worse.

Cars from German manufacturer Volkswagen are pictured in the port of Bremerhaven, nothern Germany, on July 24, 2017.
Daimler, BMW, and VW with its Audi and Porsche subsidiaries were all involved in the talks to agree on technology, suppliers, markets, strategies and polluting emissions, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

German Car Companies Are Driving the Country Off a Cliff

"Made in Germany" used to mean reliability. Now it means collusion.

Fireworks light the night sky after the lighting of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) landmark lantern marking the 50th anniversary of the organisation at the entrance to the venue of the 50th ASEAN regional security forum in Manila on August 8, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on August 8 took a swipe at the Trump administration's retreat from a major free trade deal, joining Asian nations at a regional forum this week in criticising rising protectionism / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ASEAN’s Golden Moment in a Time of Crisis

If Trump wants to put pressure on North Korea or China, he's going to need to have good friends in Asia.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27:  Area Muslims and local immigration activists participate in a prayer and rally against President Donald Trump's immigration policies on January 27, 2017 in New York City. President Trump has taken actions since the inauguration to start the building of a long promised wall along the Mexican border and to cut federal grants for immigrant protecting 'sanctuary cities'.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Stephen Miller Has a Point, You Cosmopolitans

Liberals need to understand that immigration isn't necessarily always good for America.

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The Gathering Storm vs. the Crisis of Confidence

Are we entering a redux of the dangerous 1930s or the geopolitical malaise of the 1970s?

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China’s Seen Globally As Gaining Ground on United States

The world is souring on the U.S. and Trump and taking a shine to China despite all its struggles.

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Donald Trump Finally Found a German Thing He Likes

The president wants to transfer Germany’s vaunted job training model to the United States. Will it get lost in translation?

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The Lights Are on at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, but Nobody Is Home

The committee charged with protecting national security from risky foreign investments is understaffed and besieged by a surge in cases.

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Two Japanese Banks Bail on London Ahead of Brexit

The exodus from the City is starting to look like a stampede.

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Europe, Once Again, Kicks a Long-Term Solution to Greek Debt Down the Road

Everyone says Athens needs debt relief. But Germany won’t give it.

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