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German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (L) shakes hands with an unidentified woman as he takes a short walk in the streets of Dabo in company of French President Fran?ois Mitterrand (2nd L) 19 July 1983.         (Photo credit should read MARCEL MOCHET/AFP/GettyImages)

The Pear Who Ate Germany

Helmut Kohl was an unlikely political heavyweight, but his relentless drive helped put East and West back together.

Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks at the 5th annual Dean Acheson Lecture to discuss “The Practice of Partnership in the 21st Century”, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C., June 28, 2012. (DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley)

Trump Should Heed the Wisdom of Richard Solomon

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit, Trump should remember the words of the great China scholar.

(FILE) Cuban president, Fidel Castro, inaugurates several newly built areas added to an old Havana hospital, 05 June 1989. AFP PHOTO/FILE/RAFAEL PEREZ (Photo credit should read RAFAEL PEREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Bogeyman in Havana Is Dead

What Fidel Castro’s death means for the future of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Cuban President Fidel Castro, 71, speaks 24 February in Havana during a speech after he was reelected President of Cuba by the National Assembly. In a unanimous vote, Castro was reelected to another five year term.   AFP PHOTO/Adalberto ROQUE (Photo credit should read ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

Fidel Was Hell

The longest-ruling dictator of the 20th century was a radical bent on transformational, alternative global development. Ironically, he left his country conservative, impoverished, and isolated.

Cuban President Fidel Castro delivers a 4:29-hour speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on September 26th, 1960.   AFP PHOTO/OAH (Oficina de Asuntos Historicos del Consejo de Estado)  FOR USE ONLY IN NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND INTERNET / AFP / OAH        (Photo credit should read OAH/AFP/Getty Images)

Will History Absolve Fidel Castro?

The legacy of Cuba’s socialist revolution is still very much in doubt.

BANGKOK, THAILAND - NOVEMBER 7: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej sits on a wheelchair as he leaves the Siriraj hospital on November 7, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand. The 79 year-old King is the world's longest reigning monarch and had been recovering in hospital since October 13 after suffering a blood clot in his brian.  (Photo by Chumsak Kanoknan/ Getty Images)

The King Is Dead. Is Thailand’s Monarchy Next?

Thailand’s revered king held the country together for more than 70 years. But his son’s succession could threaten everything he built.

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The Wheeler-Dealer

Boris Berezovsky and Russia’s roaring 1990s.

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The Wheeler-Dealer

Boris Berezovsky and Russia’s roaring 1990s.

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Honoring Chris Stevens

How the U.S. ambassador killed this week in Benghazi would have handled Libya.

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Honoring Chris Stevens

How the U.S. ambassador killed this week in Benghazi would have handled Libya.

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The Strange Life of Reverend Sun Myung Moon

The bizarre tycoon and church leader never lived to see his dream of a reunited Korea.

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The Strange Life of Reverend Sun Myung Moon

The bizarre tycoon and church leader never lived to see his dream of a reunited Korea.

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The Meles Zenawi I Knew

Ethiopia's late dictator was a complex and sophisticated leader -- a self-taught ex-guerrilla who brought his people economic growth and repression.

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The Meles Zenawi I Knew

Ethiopia's late dictator was a complex and sophisticated leader -- a self-taught ex-guerrilla who brought his people economic growth and repression.

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