Andrea Nahles and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in Berlin, on March 12, 2018. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s Post-Merkel Power Fraus

The German chancellor's most likely successors are both women — but the similarities end there.

Chinese President Xi Jinping during the unveiling of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing, China, on Oct. 25, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

China’s Stability Myth Is Dead

With Xi Jinping's great power comes great irresponsibility.

Activits hold Syrian flags as they take part in a protest marking the 6th years since the beginning of the syrian uprising organized by Syrian organization "Femmes pour la Démocratie" (Womens for Democracy) during Syria peace talks in Geneva on March 23, 2017.
(Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Women Write Better Constitutions

If you want to form a more perfect union, in Syria or elsewhere, you can’t rely on men.

Penitents crucify a statue of Jesus Christ during the Good Friday procession in Sicily on April 6, 2012. (MARCELLO PATERNOSTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

Make the Papal States Great Again

Italy’s most dangerous populists are the immigrant-hating Catholic fundamentalists of Forza Nuova.

Henry Kissinger with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on October 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough

The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.

Czech President and presidential candidate in next Czech presidential election Milos Zeman addresses a press conference announcing a petition to support his presidential candidacy on Nov. 6, 2017 in Prague. (Micahl Cizek/AFP/Getty Images)

If a President Is Dying, and Nobody Says Anything, Does It Make a Sound?

The Czech Republic's populist president is running for re-election — and his ailing health is an open secret.

Martin Schulz, head of the German Social Democrats (SPD), at the SPD federal congress on January 21, 2018 in Bonn, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Germany’s Left Is Committing Suicide by Identity Politics

Social democrats have committed to a partnership with Angela Merkel that exposes their greatest vulnerability.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Sanctions Abet Iranian Internet Censorship

If the United States wants to stand behind the next #IranProtests, it should liberalize rules that impede access to cutting-edge tools against repression.

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, west of London on Jan. 18. (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron the Conqueror

France is back, thanks to a president committed to disrupting politics at home and abroad.

Traditional Russian wooden nesting dolls, Matryoshka dolls, depicting Russia's President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump are seen on sale at a gift shop in central Moscow on Nov. 8, 2016. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

American Democracy Is an Easy Target

Americans have become paranoid about foreign cyberattacks on their political system, but they have nobody but themselves to blame.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani under portraits of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in a suburb of Tehran on June 3, 2014. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Elites Are Far More Fragile Than They Look

An Islamic Republic divided against itself cannot stand.

Arvind Kejriwal poses for a photograph with party members during a public rally in Nov. 2016. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Political Outsiders: From Protest to Politics to Power

A new documentary traces an Indian anti-corruption party’s rise to power. But life has not stood still since filming stopped.

Guns are on display during the Nation's Gun Show on Nov. 18, 2016 at Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Why is Lloyd’s of London Insuring American Guns?

The iconic British insurance market is good at pooling risk. But critics fear the policies it underwrites could fuel gun violence.

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