Notre Dame Is Setting Macron’s Agenda Ablaze
A national catastrophe is ruining the French president’s plans for a revival.
How Trump Practices ‘Escalation Dominance’
“You have restraint on your side. He has no restraint. So you lose,” says outgoing French Ambassador Gérard Araud.
There’s One Far-Right Movement That Hates the Kremlin
Ukraine’s Azov movement is hostile to Russia, friendly to neo-Nazis, and inspired by France’s new right. It’s not running in Ukraine’s presidential elections because it plans to win power by playing a long game.
Khalifa Haftar’s Miscalculated Attack on Tripoli Will Cost Him Dearly
The Libyan general was poised to rise to power. Now his unnecessary assault on the capital is alienating key international backers and potential local allies.
The Inspiration for Terrorism in New Zealand Came From France
The gunman who massacred Muslims was inspired by ideas that have circulated for decades on the French far-right.
The Fight for Freedom in Algeria Isn’t Finished
The 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pledged to step down, but the protesters’ victory won’t be complete without a genuine democratic transition.
Western Leaders Are Promoting Dictatorship, Not Democracy, in Egypt
Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Cairo and Donald Trump’s cheerleading have bolstered Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as he faces popular protest over his latest power grab.
Macron Is Going Full De Gaulle
France’s president is pushing around Britain, Germany, and Italy—and going back to his country’s foreign-policy roots.
Italy’s Populists Have Lost Their Luster. They’re Looking to France to Win It Back.
Five Star used to be a protest movement; now it’s the establishment. By bashing Emmanuel Macron and embracing the yellow vest uprising, it’s hoping to restore its radical credentials.
Theodor Herzl Was Willing to Tolerate Europe’s Far-Right. Should Israel’s Leaders Do the Same?
Shunning populist parties won’t make Jews safer. Engaging with them is a matter of realpolitik, and Israel should focus on contemporary threats, not those of the past.
Peacebuilding’s Poster Child Is Losing Its Shine
Ivory Coast is often held up as a post-conflict success. That could all fall apart.
Michel Houellebecq Hated Europe Before You Did
The latest novel by France’s most famous author cements his reputation as a prophet of populism.
France’s Existential Loneliness in Syria
Emmanuel Macron’s responsibilities in the Middle East’s biggest war are about to grow beyond his ability to fulfill them.
It’s Macron’s Destiny to Be Hated
The French president can make all the concessions he wants, but he can’t make the public like him.
Macron Can Survive France’s Anger
The French will remain restive unless and until the effects of their president’s ambitious reforms kick in.
Les Misérables vs. Macron
France’s angry nationwide protests are less like a revolution than a Tea Party—and that’s bad news for the government.
Want to Deradicalize Terrorists? Treat Them Like Everyone Else.
Many counter-extremism efforts falter because ideological reform programs run by governments lack credibility. Appealing to the basic psychological needs of ex-radicals is more promising.
For South Sudan, It’s Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic
When the world’s newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan’s main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor’s tongue did not heal the country’s divisions.
Macron Finds the Immoral Way to Remember World War I
There’s no good reason to pull Marshal Philippe Pétain from the dustbin of history.