Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hand with Czech President Milos Zeman in Prague on March 29, 2016. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

Prague Opened the Door to Chinese Influence. Now It May Need to Change Course.

The fall of a shadowy Chinese oil magnate may bring a reckoning to cozy Czech-Chinese relations.

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.

Specialist officers in protective suits secure the police forensic tent that had been blown over by the wind and is covering the bench where Sergei Skripal was found ill with his daughter on March 4. Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A Brief History of Attempted Russian Assassinations by Poison

Russian security services appear to be increasingly targeting dissidents and renegade spies for death by poison.

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves after a meeting with EU officials in Brussels on May 25, 2017. (THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s War on Europe Is Revving Up

It was only a matter of time until the U.S. president's anti-EU views did damage.

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.

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.

People wave Macedonian flags during a protest in a central square in Skopje on March 4. Right-wing and diaspora organizations protested against a possible compromise with Greece on the country's name  which they say would damage the national interest. (Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images)

A Macedonia by Any Other Name

The Balkans desperately need help, but Greece won't stop picking a fight over what to call its northern neighbor.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on a computer screen in an internet cafe in Moscow. (DENIS SINYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

I’m Sorry for Creating the ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’

I was the first to write about Russia’s infamous high-tech military strategy. One small problem: it doesn't exist.

People hold flags and placards during a demonstration of France's exiled Uyghur community on July 4, 2010 on Place du Trocadero in Paris to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the events of July 5, 2009 in Urumqi in China, when Uyghur demonstrations were brutally suppressed by Chinese security forces. (Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Police Are Demanding Personal Information From Uighurs in France

Officials have threatened to detain relatives of those who don’t comply.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich introduces Donald Trump during a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio. (John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Democracy Is Dying by Natural Causes

From Nazis to Newt Gingrich, a brief survey of the many ways government-by-the-people can perish from the earth.

The cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Italian island of Giglio, on Jan. 14, 2012. (Laura Lezza/Getty Images)

Italy’s Election Is a Shipwreck

Italians are rearranging the deck chairs as their country irrevocably sinks.

Emmanuel Macron gestures as he gives a speech during a campaign meeting in Marseille on April 1, 2017.  (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron Wants YOU for the French Army

Mandatory military conscription is the French equivalent of Donald Trump’s wall — a pet project that’s become a political albatross.

Penitents crucify a statue of Jesus Christ during the Good Friday procession in Sicily on April 6, 2012. (MARCELLO PATERNOSTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

Make the Papal States Great Again

Italy’s most dangerous populists are the immigrant-hating Catholic fundamentalists of Forza Nuova.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster delivers a speech at the  Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, in Munich, Germany. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

At the Munich Security Conference, the United States Lacked Bravery and Leadership

The Trump administration looked small and inconsequential on the international stage.

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