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Iranians, some wearing protective masks

U.N. Calls for Rolling Back Sanctions to Battle Pandemic

Secretary-General Guterres says it’s time for “solidarity not exclusion.”

An Iranian flag flies in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant during an official ceremony to kick-start work on a second reactor at the facility on Nov. 10, 2019.

Will Iran Follow North Korea’s Path and Ditch the NPT?

As tensions escalate, Iran’s leadership appears to be considering withdrawing from the global nonproliferation framework entirely.

A U.S. airman directs Iranian soldiers carrying off a pallet containing medical supplies from a U.S. aircraft in Kerman, Iran, two days after a massive earthquake hit the city of Bam, killing 22,000 people.

Don’t Count on Disaster Diplomacy as a Path to Peace 

Displays of goodwill during public health disasters rarely lead to diplomatic breakthroughs with U.S. adversaries such as Iran and North Korea.

In this photo taken on February 6, 2020, a woman helps her daughter seen wearing a face mask in Pyongyang.

North Korea Isn’t Ready for Coronavirus Devastation

The country has sealed its borders — but an outbreak would be a chance for the United States to do good.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse to climb Mount Paektu in an image distributed on Oct. 16, 2019, by the North Korean government.

Kim Jong Un Rides to His Family’s Battles

North Korea’s new propaganda campaign looks to old myths.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on June 30, 2019.

Entangled by Iran, Trump Avoids North Korea

Though his approach to Pyongyang is failing, the U.S. president doesn’t want another major global crisis. Kim Jong Un may have different ideas.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

South Korea’s Groundhog Year

Moon Jae-in has done everything he can to get his country right back where it started.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right and South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Trump’s Penny-Pinching Dooms His Korean Diplomacy

The U.S. president stumbled into rare success with Pyongyang. Now he’s screwing it up.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on June 30.

Desperate to Save Diplomacy, White House Blocks U.N. Meeting on North Korean Atrocities

As tensions rise between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump tries to avert a complete breakdown in relations.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 19, 2018.

Kim Jong Un’s Warning for Trump

With a deadline for restarting nuclear talks looming, North Korea ups the ante on the United States.

A woman walks past a television showing file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watching a missile launch, in Seoul on July 31.

New U.S. Missiles in Asia Could Increase the North Korean Nuclear Threat

After withdrawing from the INF Treaty, U.S. officials have been worrying about Beijing, but as Washington starts to deploy previously banned missiles in the Pacific, the real risk will come from Pyongyang.

U.S. President Donald Trump Meets North Korean leader Kim Jung Un

Trump Is More Vulnerable Than Ever to Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Extortion

Trump’s growing impulsiveness and unilateral decision-making may signal to Kim that he can get precisely what he wants.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump listens before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, 2017.

What the United States Gets Wrong About Peace Talks

Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.

People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Station in Seoul on Oct. 2.

North Korean Missiles Just Keep Getting Better 

Pyongyang is using a diplomatic impasse to improve its weapons technology.

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Coming Sept. 23: And Now the Hard Part

Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for a new podcast focused on practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing the world today.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25.

Asia’s Coming Era of Unpredictability

Why the crisis in Hong Kong and a deterioration in relations between South Korea and Japan are just the beginning of a broader period of flux in Asia.

Two men sit holding North Korean and Chinese flags near Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on June 20, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the country.

Pyongyang Is Playing Washington Against Beijing

China is finding it harder and harder to steer its troublesome ally.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak during a press conference at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney on Aug. 4.

Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief

Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.

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