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The Tamar natural gas production platform on March 28, 2013. There is growing regional cooperation on energy in the Eastern Mediterranean, whose natural gas boom kicked off here, off the coast of Israel. (Albatross/Getty Images)

Club Med: Israel, Egypt, and Others Form New Natural Gas Group

The new grouping is meant to jump-start the Eastern Mediterranean’s energy revolution.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko walk in as they attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015.  (Sergei Karpukhin/AFP/Getty)

The Belarusian President Won’t Go Down Without a Fight

Tensions between Moscow and Minsk have sparked worries over another Russian annexation.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the nation in his first-prime address from the Oval Office of the White House on January 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Carlos Barria-Pool/Getty Images)

Welcome to the People’s Democratic Republic of America

Reporters need to start treating DC like a foreign posting.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko (center) salutes during a military parade marking Independence Day in Minsk on July 3, 2018. (Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty)

A Diplomatic Breakthrough for Washington in Europe’s Last Dictatorship

Belarus lifts a cap on the number of U.S. diplomats allowed in the country as Minsk looks west and spars with Moscow.

A guard stands outside Trump Tower on Aug. 24, 2018, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Why the Indictment of the Lawyer at the Trump Tower Meeting Matters

Veselnitskaya is charged with obstructing justice—hand in glove with the Russian government.

A picture taken on November 8, 2016 shows Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaking during an interview in Moscow. (Yury Martyanov/AFP/Getty Images)

New Charges Against Russian Lawyer Who Met Trump Jr. Reveal Her Ties to Kremlin

Veselnitskaya saw no difference between her client and the Russian government, said a source close to the case.

Then-U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, right, leaves the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on May 15, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

McFaul: Whelan’s Arrest Is ‘Very Strange’

The former U.S. ambassador to Russia says the former Marine's detention doesn’t fit the pattern of previous ones.

David Whelan, the brother of Paul Whelan, in his house in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 5. (Jorge Uzon/AFP/Getty Images)

Paul Whelan’s Brother: Family Knew Little About His Interest in Russia

They learned about the Marine’s dishonorable discharge from media.

Donald Trump speaks during the presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, on Sept. 26, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Why Isn’t Trump Talking About the American Jailed in Russia?

A president who takes pride in freeing U.S. detainees abroad has been strangely silent about Paul Whelan.

Nisei Boy Scouts of Troop 41 in Pasadena, California, check maps using compasses as part of a mapmaking project in 1958. (University of Southern California Libraries/Corbis via Getty Images)

Humans Are the Best Security Backup

When the grid goes down, old-fashioned skills save lives.

Vladimir Putin poses for a photo with the Kremlin-friendly rapper, Timati, during a meeting with his campaign activists in Moscow, on March 5, 2012.

Putin’s Public Enemy

The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.

Paul Whelan, an American detained by Russian authorities and accused of espionage. (Photo courtesy of the Whelan family)

U.S. Citizen Held in Moscow Not Likely a Spy

Arrest could be retaliation for U.S. conviction of Russian national in influence operation.

(Illustration by Joan Wong for Foreign Policy; photos by U.S. Navy/ Roger Lemoyne/Getty Images/Charlie Archambalt/Getty Images/Couple/Globalphoto.com/Liaison/Getty Images)

The Small War That Wasn’t

Why the Kosovo conflict still matters today.

A member of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces takes down a tattered Islamic State flag in Tabqa, Syria, in April 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Face of Terrorism in 2019

Forget the Middle East—it’s time to prepare for attacks from the former Soviet Union.

The Anduril and Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey speaks onstage atthe Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit 2018 in in Beverly Hills, California, on Oct. 10. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Can Silicon Valley Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Pentagon?

Palmer Luckey, the 26-year-old founder of Oculus VR, is leading the charge to get tech companies and the Defense Department on the same page.

Fireworks explode following an inauguration celebration for President-elect Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

My Top 10 Foreign-Policy Wish List for 2019

Peace in Yemen, rapprochement with Russia, and other hopes and dreams for the year ahead.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with the media at his campaign headquarters in Moscow on March 18. Putin was re-elected to a fourth term as president in 2018. (Sergei Chirikov/AFP/Getty Images)

In Russia, 2018 Ends You

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories to help make sense of Russia′s role in the world in 2018.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in the Riyadh on Oct. 23. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Reckless in Riyadh

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on U.S.-Saudi relations and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Chinese soldiers ride on armored missile carriers as they pass in front of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City during a military parade on Sept. 3, 2015, in Beijing. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Goodbye War on Terror, Hello China and Russia

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on defense and security.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gets on an elevator after speaking with the media at Trump Tower on Dec. 6. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

How Russian Money Helped Save Trump’s Business

After his financial disasters two decades ago, no U.S. bank would touch him. Then foreign money began flowing in.

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