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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, shake hands during their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Feb. 19.

China’s Great Game in Iran

Tehran needs a friend. Beijing may be a dangerous one.

Iranians gather in Tehran during a demonstration to support the goverment's decision to pull out from the nuclear deal on May 10.

Iranians Will Tolerate Hardship but Not Capitulation

Tehran’s recent nuclear policy announcements were driven by the inescapable constraints of domestic politics.

Cubans attend a May Day rally in Havana on May 1.

Trump’s Cuba Sanctions Are a Mistake

Tightening the failed embargo will push Havana into the arms of Beijing and Moscow.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference at the State Department in Washington on April 22.

Maximum Pressure on Iran Won’t Work

Trump’s new Iran sanctions will hurt the United States in the long term.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump share a laugh during a cabinet meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 18, 2018 in Washington.

By Punishing Iran, Trump Is Weakening America

Washington’s extraordinary unilateralism is cracking the foundation of its global financial power.

An Iranian laborer walks on the platform of the oil facility on Kharg Island off the coast of Iran.

Trump’s Big Iran Oil Gamble

By seeking to cut Iranian exports to zero, the U.S. president is taking a major economic and political risk.

A picture taken on July 25, 2017 shows Sudanese patients waiting in a hallway at the Radiation and Isotopes Centre in  Khartoum.
In Sudan access to drugs and treatment was impaired by U.S. sanctions.

Lifting Sanctions Isn’t as Simple as It Sounds

Financial wars damage and disfigure economies as much as military ones. Countries ravaged by sanctions need reconstruction, too.

A boy wearing a blue mask with tears of blood participates in a protest march demanding the European Union take action against China in support of the Uighurs, in Brussels, on April 27, 2018. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing China Sanctions

Mass detention of Uighurs has been superseded by trade talks, say rights advocates.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a bilateral meeting during the second U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Offers Clumsy Olive Branch to North Korea

Experts say the U.S. president seems desperate to rescue his promise of a nuclear deal.

Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 1, 2017. (Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Make Better Use of Corporate Sanctions

The U.S. president’s deal with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska should teach policymakers a sharp lesson.

The opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks during a meeting with deputies, media, and supporters, organized by the National Assembly, at Plaza Bolívar de Chacao in Caracas on Jan. 25. (Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images)

Maduro’s Power in Venezuela Seems Stable, for Now

Despite the recognition by a wave of countries of the opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president, Maduro’s patronage of the military insulates him from the need to negotiate.

A pro-Palestinian protester holds a placard reading "BDS" (boycott, divestment, sanctions) at an event celebrating Tel Aviv in central Paris on Aug. 13, 2015. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

Lawsuits Seek to Stop Censure of Israel Boycott Movement

The ACLU is fighting efforts by state legislatures to force contractors to pledge they won’t back BDS.

Iranian members of parliament display their disagreement over a bill, one of four put forward by the government to meet demands set by the international Financial Action Task Force,  in Tehran on Oct. 7. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Sanctions Are Just the Beginning for Iran

The economic blow to Tehran will be compounded if it fails to comply with global financial transparency rules.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 13. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Neither Side Gets the Khashoggi Debate Right

The tribalism infecting U.S. domestic politics has unfortunately crept deep into the foreign-policy discourse.

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