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French President Emmanuel Macron reacts to a standing ovation after addressing a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on April 25, 2018.

Europe May Cheer Biden’s Win—But It Threatens Macron’s Grand Project

France is going to have a harder time selling “strategic autonomy” without the foil of the Trump administration to drive it.

African infantrymen of the French Army in 1915

In the Trenches With the Colonizer

The French Senegalese writer David Diop revises the modernist archetype with a protagonist long excluded from World War I literature: the African soldier on the front lines.

Ethiopian soldiers and thousands of mourners attend the official state funeral of Ethiopia's late prime minister, Meles Zenawi

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The real grievances behind the Ethiopian conflict, Pompeo acknowledges that the two-state solution is dead, and a look at a possible Pentagon pick.

Then-Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi (R) speaks with presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa (L) and Denis Sassou Nguesso of Republic of Congo (C) in Tripoli on April 10, 2011 during a meeting with a high-ranking African Union delegation trying to negotiate a truce between Qaddafi's forces and rebels seeking to oust him.

By Ignoring African Leaders, the West Paved the Way for Chaos in Libya

A race-based colonial mindset that views the continent as Europe’s playground and dismisses the concerns of Africans continues to fuel death and destruction.

Activists of the Pakistani Sunni Tehreek organization burn a poster of French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-French protest in Lahore on Nov. 1, 2020.

Yes, Islam Is Facing a Crisis. No, France Isn’t Helping Solve It.

By championing freedom from religion while trampling freedom of religion, Macron is discrediting the Enlightenment in the eyes of Muslims—and strengthening the Islamists he vows to defeat.

An undated poster, circulated during World War I, by the Franco-American Union.

The United States Can’t Sleepwalk Into the Coming Military Revolutions

European leaders misjudged World War I. America shouldn’t repeat their mistake.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (R), President of the European Council Charles Michel (C) and Austria's Europa minister Karoline Edtstadler (L) pay respects to the victims of a terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria on Nov. 9.

Austria, Not France, Is the Model for Europe’s Crackdown on Islamists

Sebastian Kurz’s government failed to stop a recent terrorist attack, but he has been saying—and doing—what Emmanuel Macron is proposing for years.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden

The World Calls Biden, While Trump and Company Double Down

Major world leaders are reaching out to the U.S. president-elect as Pompeo claims there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”

French President Emmanuel  Macron  speaks with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo  during the French Cup soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne on July 24 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris.

Le Pen Is Silent, But Macron Will Welcome Trump’s Demise

Preoccupied with domestic challenges and an impending contest with a populist rival, France’s government will benefit from the defeat of the far-right across the Atlantic.

Two men share a laugh at a predominantly African American mosque in Las Vegas after U.S. President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

France’s Muslims Could Learn from the African American Muslim Experience

An indigenous form of Islam developed within the West—rather than influenced by leaders from abroad—is the path to integration and peaceful coexistence.

People pass a poster depicting French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen with the face of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017.

Locked Down at Home, Much of France Is Quietly Rooting for Biden

Trump’s insults and ideological closeness to Marine Le Pen have left a bitter taste.

French President Emmanuel Macron pays his respects by the coffin of Samuel Paty's coffin inside Sorbonne University's courtyard in Paris on October 21, 2020, during a national homage to French teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed in his civics class.

France’s War on Islamism Isn’t Populism. It’s Reality.

Liberal critics of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign against radicalism misunderstand the crisis his country faces.

Marine Le Pen shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron after their meeting at the Elysée palace in Paris, on Nov. 21, 2017.

Macron’s Not Worried About Islam. He’s Worried About Le Pen.

The French president’s talk of a crisis among French Muslims is the latest example of mainstream politicians pandering to the far-right.  

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a trip on the theme of the republican reconquest and the fight against Islamist separatism at the Dollar gymnasium in Mulhouse, eastern France, on Feb. 18, 2020.

Macron Wants to Start an Islamic Revolution

The French president is planning to curb the influence of extremist clerics—but his critics see something more sinister.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron speak after the closing press conference of the seventh Med7 Mediterranean countries summit in Corsica on Sept. 10.

Turkish Military Maneuvering Pushed Italy and France to Join Forces in the Mediterranean. Now What?

Formerly competitors, Paris and Rome’s Pax Mediterranea may spell Ankara’s final estrangement from Europe.

French President Emmanuel Macron gets off a plane as he arrives at Baghdad airport, on Sept. 2, 2020.

Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower

The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?

The French Army patrols a rural area in northern Burkina Faso on Nov. 14, 2019.

France and the United States Are Making West Africa’s Security Situation Worse

France’s unilateralism and the United States’ wavering are destabilizing the Sahel—and creating an opening for Russia and China.

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