Iran’s Next Supreme Leader Is Dead
And it’s not going to be easy for the Islamic Republic to survive without him.
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.
Welcome to Congress. Here’s How to Run the World.
A crash course in international affairs for Washington’s newest arrivals.
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.
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.
6 Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Next War
Only Americans can stop their country from participating in strategically misguided, irresponsible, and immoral adventures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How an Internet Impostor Exposed the Underbelly of the Czech Media
When politicians own the press, trolls have the last laugh.
History Will Remember George H.W. Bush Kindly
The United States owes a great debt to its 41st president.
Once Upon a Time, U.S. Foreign Policy Worked
George H.W. Bush's administration was evidence of what the establishment was capable of.
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.
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.
Putin Doesn’t Sweat His Unpopularity
Whatever the Russian president is doing in Ukraine, it isn’t because of his falling poll numbers.
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.
The Vulgar Marxism of Middle East Punditry
For political activists in the Muslim world, it's not just the economy, stupid.