How Did the Eastern Mediterranean Become the Eye of a Geopolitical Storm?
The region’s powers and the West are facing off against Turkey—and Turkey is not going down without a fight.
Why Belarus Is Not Ukraine
Yes, there are surprisingly big protests—like those that rocked Kyiv six years ago—being met with brutal crackdowns. But Belarus is a whole different story.
Why Is the United States Effectively Banning WeChat and TikTok?
Apps are just the latest frontier in the U.S.-China contest. Washington is signaling to global firms the risks of doing business with Beijing.
The U.S. Declared China’s South China Sea Claims ‘Unlawful.’ Now What?
The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brings the United States in line with international law and opens the door for sanctions and a more unified response to Chinese “bullying” in the key waterway.
What’s This Unit of Russian Spies That Keeps Getting Outed?
Unit 29155 of the GRU is behind plenty of Russia’s high-profile misadventures abroad—and now, apparently, the bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Why Are India and China Fighting?
Nuclear powers New Delhi and Beijing engage in a skirmish marking the first combat deaths along their border in more than four decades.
Britain Hates Johnson’s Machiavelli
Conservative Party advisor Dominic Cummings has drawn national wrath over a seemingly minor scandal.
Are the Germans Edging Closer to True Fiscal Union?
In a striking reversal, Merkel joins with France in recommending a euro fund that could be a timid first step toward greater integration.
Oil Price Nosedive Continues as Trump’s Deal Fails to Deliver
The impact of the coronavirus sends markets into an unprecedented slump, with no end in sight.
Trump’s Big Turnaround: Cash Payments Instead of a Payroll Tax Cut
Parsing the latest economic fixes to the economic devastation being caused by the coronavirus.
Will Putin Be Russia’s President For Life?
A series of choreographed moves have set the stage for him to potentially rule until at least 2036.
What Trump Really Doesn’t Get About Trade
The U.S. president has disrupted the global economy for three years based on misguided notions about trade deficits. Now it’s Europe’s turn.
Britain’s Labour Party Starts Deciding Its Post-Corbyn Future
Front-runner Keir Starmer is seeking to get past Jeremy Corbyn and return the party to the early glory days of Tony Blair, but whoever the winner is will have to reckon with the party’s hard turn leftward.
What Really Happened to Carlos Ghosn?
Nissan just filed a lawsuit against its former CEO. Here’s why—and what could happen next.
Sinn Fein Just Upended Ireland’s Status Quo. What Comes Next?
Disgruntled Irish voters have made their voices heard, but translating that mandate into a governing coalition won’t be easy.
Why Angela Merkel’s Succession Plan Failed
The German chancellor’s anointed successor says she will no longer seek the country’s top position. Berlin now faces months of political uncertainty.
Will Irish Elections Lead to Unification?
After Saturday’s vote, the nationalist Sinn Fein party could form parts of governments in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for the first time in history.
How to Tell What’s Really Happening With the Wuhan Virus
China struggles with a fast-moving outbreak, as the authorities move to cut off unauthorized information.
Wuhan’s 11 Million People Face Quarantine as Virus Fears Spread
Trains and flights out of the central Chinese city have been canceled as the toll from a new coronavirus grows.
The Iran Deal Is Not Dead Yet, but It’s Getting There
Europe’s decision to start the dispute settlement process may set the clock ticking on the deal’s ultimate demise.
What Just Happened in Hong Kong’s Elections?
Hong Kongers turned out in droves to defeat pro-Beijing candidates.
Bolivia’s Lithium Isn’t The New Oil
A popular theory around Evo Morales’s removal is completely mistaken.
Why Protesters in Lebanon Are Taking to the Streets
The protests combine political and economic grievances and could bring down the country’s sect-based political order.
Ilham Tohti’s Sakharov Prize Will Drive Beijing Crazy
The imprisoned Uighur economist represents an entire people under attack by China.
How Turkey and Russia Carved Up Northern Syria
The pact cements Ankara’s annexation of a significant chunk of formerly Kurdish-held land.
Why Is Turkey Fighting Syria’s Kurds?
Turkey’s president says Syrian Kurdish fighters are terrorists—but he’s a very unreliable narrator.
Why Ukrainegate Is Nothing Like Russiagate
U.S. President Donald Trump has a far more damaging scandal on his hands.
What You Need to Know About the Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities
So far, attacks attributed to Iran haven’t resulted in a military confrontation with the United States.
The Queen Can’t Do Anything About Brexit
The suspension of Parliament is outrageous—but it’s all Boris Johnson’s fault.
How Does Online Racism Spawn Mass Shooters?
White nationalist terrorism is becoming normalized through internet forums.
Why Is Hong Kong Erupting?
Hong Kongers are fighting for their city's unique status under the shadow of Beijing.
What Does the Demise of the INF Treaty Mean for Nuclear Arms Control?
Trump’s exit from the U.S.-Russia treaty, which officially takes effect Friday, raises questions about whether the era of arms control is ending—or being reinvented.
How to Read Between the Lines of the Mueller Report
Here’s what to expect from the long-awaited—and now heavily redacted—probe into Trump’s Russia ties.