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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C. on March 14. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Has Unleashed the Saudi Arabia We Always Wanted — and Feared

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put the Middle East on a collision course. And the White House will own the consequences.

(From L) World Council of Churches (WCC) spokeswoman Marianne Ejdersten, Nuclear disarmament group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) executive director Beatrice Fihn, ICAN coordinator Daniel Hogstan and ICAN member of the steering committee Grethe Ostern attend a press conference after ICAN won the Nobel Peace Prize for its decade-long campaign to rid the world of the atomic bomb on October 6, 2017 in Geneva. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

An Award for the Collapse of Nuclear Disarmament

ICAN isn’t the Nobel Peace Prize winner that policymakers wanted, but it’s the one they deserve.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks while meeting with President-elect Donald Trump (L) following a meeting in the Oval Office November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump is scheduled to meet with members of the Republican leadership in Congress later today on Capitol Hill.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Myth of a ‘Better’ Iran Deal

The Obama administration didn’t botch negotiations with Tehran. And Trump isn’t going to be able to get something tougher.

"Han the Robot" waits on stage before a discussion about the future of humanity in a demonstration of artificial intelligence (AI) by Hanson Robotics at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 12, 2017.
Artificial intelligence is the dominant theme at this year's sprawling RISE tech conference at the city's harbourfront convention centre, but the live robot exchange took the AI debate to another level. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE        (Photo credit should read ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is Using America’s Own Plan to Dominate the Future of Artificial Intelligence

The Chinese are massively investing in AI research and tech, while the Trump administration is cutting federal programs wholesale.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - MAY 22:  (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout photo provided by the Israel Government Press Office (GPO), US President Donald J Trump (L) and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner meet with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) at the King David Hotel May 22, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. Trump arrived for a 28-hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas on his first foreign trip since taking office in January.  (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

Give Trump a Chance in the Middle East

Bush and Obama already helped destroy the region and damage U.S. interests there. How much worse could it get?

Cuban President Raul Castro (C), speaks next to first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel during a special session of the Cuban Parliament, on June 1, 2017, to discuss about economic policies. / AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Fine Tuning the Cuba Embargo

Providing sanctions relief to empower the Cuban people does not mean we should give up our ability to pressure the Castro regime.

TOPSHOT - Cuban Americans in Miami's Little Havana celebrate the death of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro on November 26, 2016. 
Cuba's socialist icon and father of his country's revolution Fidel Castro died on November 25 aged 90, after defying the US during a half-century of ironclad rule and surviving the eclipse of global communism. / AFP / RHONA WISE        (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump is Right to Reset U.S.-Cuba Policy

Reports are coming in that this Friday, in a Miami speech, President Donald Trump will unveil his revisions to former President Barack Obama’s controversial policy to normalize U.S. relations with the Castro dictatorship in Cuba. He's right to scale it back.

A child receives the second dose of the vaccine against cholera in Saut d'Eau, in the Central Plateau of Haiti, on 17 September 2014. The UN has launched its second phase of the vaccinationcampaign against cholera which was initiated and implemented by the Haitian authorities as part of the broader framework of the national plan for the elimination of cholera in the country. The campaign aims to vaccinate 200,000 people living in the communes where the disease persists in particular the department of Artibonite, Central and West.  AFP PHOTO/Hector RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Won’t Pay a Penny For U.N. Cholera Relief Fund in Haiti

Washington set to reject the U.N. chief’s latest appeal for money to tend to Haiti’s cholera victims.

US-made armoured vehicles drive down a road in western Mosul's al-Rifai neighbourhood on May 31, 2017 after it was retaken by government forces during their ongoing battle against Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB        (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Could ISIS Have Been Averted?

Different choices by the Obama administration could have made it harder for the Islamic State to become as powerful as it did.

TOPSHOT - US forces, accompanied by Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters, drive their armoured vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah, on the border with Turkey on April 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN        (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States and Turkey Are on a Collision Course in Syria

An insider’s view on how we got here — and what Trump can do about it.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One prior to departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, April 18, 2017, as he travels to Wisconsin. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Might Be a Traditional President After All

Anxious allies are breathing a sigh of relief that American power is back as a force to be reckoned with.

US House Speaker Paul Ryan addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, DC, on March 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

The Failure of Trumpcare Is Good News for the Iran Deal

While Trump railed against the Iran deal during the campaign, he rarely called for undoing it.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20:  President-elect Donald Trump, left, and President Barack Obama arrive for Trump's inauguration ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Trump, a real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.  (Photo by  Scott Applewhite - Pool/Getty Images)

Obama’s Dream of a Nuclear-Free World Is Becoming a Nightmare

The last president wanted an end to nukes, but did nothing to achieve it. Trump won’t even talk about nonproliferation. The result is chaos.

Surrounded by miners from Rosebud Mining, US President Donald Trump (C) applauds after signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters in Washington, DC, March 28, 2017.
President Donald Trump claimed an end to the "war on coal" Tuesday, as he moved to roll back climate protections enacted by predecessor Barack Obama. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Paris Climate Agreement Dead?

Trump’s new enviro-rollback seeks to undermine the landmark accord, but an America First energy plan might not mean pulling out entirely.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 7:  (AFP OUT) Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, listens during a county sheriff listening session with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Trump administration will return to court Tuesday to argue it has broad authority over national security and to demand reinstatement of a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries that stranded refugees and triggered protests. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)

Jared Kushner Struck Out in His First Foray Into Middle East Diplomacy

But Trump’s son-in-law succeeded in coaxing the U.K., America’s closest ally, into thwarting the Obama administration.

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