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Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. President Donald Trump

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.

Gergely Karacsony addresses an audience in Budapest, Hungary, after his victory in the capital city's mayoral election.

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.

Republican lawmakers including Rep. Scott Perry (from left), Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Rep. Mark Meadows speak to reporters after a closed-door meeting with Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the EU, was cancelled on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 8.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump disembarks Air Force One at Paya Lebar Air Base in Singapore on June 10, 2018, ahead of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

America Is Stuck With a Broken President

Trump is unfit for office. But the system has no answers.

The head of the Joint List alliance, Ayman Odeh, gestures to supporters during an electoral campaign rally in the northern Arab-Israeli town of Sakhnin on Sept. 15, two days before the Israeli general election.

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.

Alice Weidel speeks with former Christian Democrat Erika Steinbach during an AfD election campaign event on Sept. 6, 2017 in Pforzheim, Germany.

Germany’s New Ultranationalist Intelligentsia

The far-right is associated with the disaffected masses—but has a growing intellectual class.

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi gives a speech at the Kevadia Colony of Narmada District in India on Sept. 17.

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.

Pedro Sánchez, leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE), holds a meeting with the leader of Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid on May 7.

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.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen waves during the Cambodian People's Party ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in Phnom Penh on January 7.

Hun Sen’s Man in Washington (State)

Cambodia’s strongman has found an unlikely American voice.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the driver's seat of a semi-truck as he welcomes truckers and CEOs to the White House to discuss health care on March 23, 2017.

All the President’s Trolls

Donald Trump is gathering his favorite meme-makers and trolls for a White House summit.

Head of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer poses with party member and German Chancellor Angela Merkel before a party board meeting in Berlin on June 24, 2019.

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron during the first day of the European Union summit meeting in Brussels on June 20.

Emmanuel Macron, Part Deux

He’s relaunched his presidency for its second half. But is the makeover in style or substance?

US Under Secretary of Defence Michelle Flournoy looks on during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Ma Xiaotian at the Bayi Building in Beijing on Dec. 7, 2011.

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.

Supporters wave U.S. flags as they attend the Rally for America event at Marshall University stadium May 24, 2003 in Huntington, West Virginia.

You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying

There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street on May 24, 2019 in London, England.

Theresa May Broke Britain

Her legacy is a mangled party in a mangled Parliament in a badly mangled country.

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