The Pentagon’s Invisible Man Is Winning Washington’s Power Game
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is quiet, deferential—and on his way to becoming the Trump administration’s most influential player.
Europe’s Populist Governments Have a Problem: Their Capitals
City-level opposition could be the key to defeating populism in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and beyond.
Welcome to the United States of Ukraine
It’s no coincidence that Washington’s increasingly dysfunctional and violent politics are coming to resemble Kyiv’s.
Backing Benny Gantz Won’t Help Palestinians
Arab voters are simply used as pawns in Israeli politics. The Joint List’s leaders are naive to think any Israeli prime minister will ever address their concerns.
Germany’s New Ultranationalist Intelligentsia
The far-right is associated with the disaffected masses—but has a growing intellectual class.
Everyone Thinks the Economy Is Issue No. 1 for India’s Modi. It’s Not.
Little separates various Indian political parties on the economy. That’s why the prime minister’s new government is making its mark by delivering on its social and cultural agenda.
Here’s How to Finally Solve Spain’s Governmental Standstill
A coalition between Pedro Sánchez’s Socialists and Albert Rivera’s Ciudadanos could prevent a fourth election in as many years—but voters are unlikely to buy it.
All the President’s Trolls
Donald Trump is gathering his favorite meme-makers and trolls for a White House summit.
Merkel’s Final Mistake Is Her Chosen Successor
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is in line to take over as German chancellor—but there’s no telling if she’ll survive long enough to get the job.
Emmanuel Macron, Part Deux
He’s relaunched his presidency for its second half. But is the makeover in style or substance?
Tear Down the Foreign-Policy Glass Ceiling!
Democratic presidential candidates—and a new group of wonks—are committed to fixing rampant gender inequalities in the national security workplace.
You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying
There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.
Theresa May Broke Britain
Her legacy is a mangled party in a mangled Parliament in a badly mangled country.