Could a Spy Save Liberal Democracy?
John Le Carré’s latest protagonist bridges his old and new heroes, contending with the question of loyalty to a liberal society in crisis.
Russia’s Role in the Libyan Civil War Gives It Leverage Over Europe
Russia has played all sides in the conflict to get a seat at the negotiating table. Now it wants an end to sanctions.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Australia’s climate denialist media, a pro-independence mandate in Taiwan, and power-sharing returns to Northern Ireland.
Socialism: Why It’s Back and What It Means
Essays on how social democracy can save the world, as well as counterpoints on why capitalism remains the best way for populations to thrive.
Qassem Suleimani Wanted U.S. Troops Out of Iraq. If They Go, ISIS Will Be Back.
The slain Iranian general helped defeat the Islamic State in Iraq, but his death is likely to unleash the sort of sectarian strife that Sunni extremists thrive on.
Putin Is Planning a Partial Retirement
The Russian president may never leave the political stage—but he's now ready to take a step back.
Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown
Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.
Taiwan Needs More Than Election Victories to Fend Off China
The growing threat from the mainland can only be deterred by a public willing to make sacrifices.
Putin Is Following the Game Plan of Other Autocrats Before Him
And moves like his Jan. 15 announcement generally work—both to secure a leader’s power and ensure a favorable transition down the road.
The Left and Right Are Wrong About Inequality
The problem isn’t trade or corporations—it’s the monopolization by professional groups of high-profit services.
Sudan’s New Prime Minister Grapples With His Country’s Past
Abdalla Hamdok wasn't sure he wanted the job, but six months later there is reason to hope—despite the failed mutiny this week.
Europe Is Running Out of Time to Save the Iran Deal
After initiating a dispute resolution process, European leaders have a limited window to provide Iran with meaningful economic relief and seek to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.
NAFTA’s Replacement Gives Labor Some Shelter From Globalization’s Storms
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement sets new standards for workers — but can’t stand alone.
For some nations, trade and cooperation are becoming less attractive. But the world needs more coordination, not less.
Trump’s Growing European Base
Attitudes toward the United States are improving across the Atlantic—but only because the right wing is getting stronger.
Pompeo’s Silence Creates a ‘Crisis of Morale’ at State Department
“The rank and file are very disturbed by the inability, the refusal, of the secretary of state to defend his own people,” says former diplomat Nicholas Burns.
Myanmar Has Blazed a Path to Democracy Without Rights
Aung San Suu Kyi’s persecution of the Rohingya paved the way for Modi.
How to Reverse the World’s Trust Deficit Disorder
Public-private partnerships can solve the planet’s most vexing problems—but they need to focus on systemic change rather than single issues to succeed.