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Iranian reformist Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karroubi, at right, speaks with hardline Judiciary Chief Mahmood Shahroudi in Tehran on Dec. 12, 2002. (Keivan/Getty Images)

Iran’s Next Supreme Leader Is Dead

And it’s not going to be easy for the Islamic Republic to survive without him.

President Omar al-Bashir appears at a rally with his supporters in Khartoum on Jan. 9, 2019. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is the Uprising Sudan’s Genocidal Dictator Always Feared

The country’s current protests include all sections of society—and may soon topple Omar al-Bashir’s entire regime.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to fellow members of Congress during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Welcome to Congress. Here’s How to Run the World.

A crash course in international affairs for Washington’s newest arrivals.

(Musonda Kabwe for Foreign Policy)

Street Smart

Why South Africa’s formerly segregated townships are still central to its imagination.

Worshipers at an evangelical church in Brasília, Brazil, on Sept. 21, 2018, pray for the recovery of then-presidential contender Jair Bolsonaro after he was injured in a knife attack. (Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images)

Bolsonaro’s Christian Coalition Remains Precarious

A loose alliance of Catholic and evangelical conservatives helped Brazil’s new president to power. But their continued support is far from certain.

President Donald Trump and Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, bow their heads in prayer before the start of a Cabinet meeting of the White House in Washington on Aug. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Military’s New Boss Is Walking Into an Ambush

Donald Trump has picked a former CEO to run the Pentagon. He should have gone with a psychiatrist.

Americans watch President George W. Bush address the nation on March 19, 2003 in Marlton, New Jersey.  (Don Murray/Getty Images)

6 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Next War

Only Americans can stop their country from participating in strategically misguided, irresponsible, and immoral adventures.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves to delegates at a national conference of the CDU on Dec. 7, 2018 in Hamburg. (Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

The Next Merkel? Not Quite

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is like her mentor in style, but not in substance—and, for Germany, that will make all the difference.

Indian Congress party supporters hold a party flag as they celebrate in Ahmedabad on December 11, 2018. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Congress Party Rises from the Dead

State elections gave new hope to a moribund party.

Nikol Pashinyan casting his ballot during early parliamentary elections in Yerevan on Dec. 9, 2018. (Karen Minasayan/ AFP/Getty Images)

Armenia’s Revolution Will Not be Monopolized

An Armenian protest leader just secured the office of prime minister by a landslide—but, thanks to his own efforts, he’ll still face plenty of opposition.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on October 30, 2018 in Berlin.

Abiy Ahmed Is Not a Populist

The Ethiopian prime minister’s opponents fear that he’s an African Erdogan. His rhetoric and policies suggest he’s more of a liberal democrat.

A protester wears a mask depicting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman outside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 25. (Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.

Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.

George Bush speaks with Brent Scowcroft and James Baker at the White House on May, 19 1992 (J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images)

Once Upon a Time, U.S. Foreign Policy Worked

George H.W. Bush's administration was evidence of what the establishment was capable of.

Barack Obama presents former U.S. president George H.W. Bush with the 2010 Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

How George H.W. Bush Became a Democrat

America’s center-left resisted his approach to foreign policy—and eventually adopted it as their own.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Jens Spahn, and Friedrich Merz at a regional German Christian Democratic Union gathering in Halle, Germany, on Nov. 22. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Give Up on Eastern Germany

As the post-Merkel era looms, Germany’s center-right party needs to ditch its eastern base and go back to its western roots.

Russian President Vladimir Putin forages for mushrooms during a visit to Tuva, in southern Siberia, on Aug. 26. (Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Doesn’t Sweat His Unpopularity

Whatever the Russian president is doing in Ukraine, it isn’t because of his falling poll numbers.

A man wears a mask of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against rising fuel prices on Nov. 17 in Haulchin, France. (Francois Lo Presti/AFP/Getty Images)

Les Misérables vs. Macron

France’s angry nationwide protests are less like a revolution than a Tea Party—and that’s bad news for the government.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shops in the Black Sea town of Safranbolu on Jan. 1, 2005. (Hakan Goktepe/AFP/Getty Images)

The Vulgar Marxism of Middle East Punditry

For political activists in the Muslim world, it's not just the economy, stupid.

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