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Workers producing LED chips at a factory in Huaian, in China's eastern Jiangsu province, on June 16.

China’s Drive to Make Semiconductor Chips Is Failing

The stunning success of U.S. efforts to hobble Huawei shows the fragility of Beijing’s highly centralized tech sector.

Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Dabancheng in Xinjiang, China, on Sept. 4, 2018.

In Rare Unanimity, Biden Could Double Down on Trump’s Uighur Sanctions

A bipartisan crackdown on Chinese forced labor has put Western corporations on notice—and could pave the way for Washington to finally support the International Criminal Court.

People wave Syrian national flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad

U.S. Fears Syria’s Assad Meddling in Fragile Lebanon

A State Department assessment warned the Syrian regime is worsening Lebanon’s economic collapse.

Members of the Iranian armed forces pray around the coffin of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during the burial ceremony in Tehran, on Nov. 30.

How Will Iran React to Another High-Profile Assassination?

The killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top nuclear scientist, will complicate the incoming Biden administration’s efforts to renew the nuclear deal—and could lead to escalation.

U.S. President Donald Trump displays his signature after signing into law new sanctions against Iran with Vice President Mike Pence (R) and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) at the White House on June 24, 2019.

Trump Abused U.S. Sanctions and Failed to Get Results. Biden Can Do Better.

From maximum pressure to terrorism designations, the Trump administration engaged in transactional diplomacy with little to show for it. The next government must use these tools wisely.

A United States Air Force F-35B Lightning II fighter jet performs an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow media preview on Feb. 9.

Why the United States Shouldn’t Sell Jets to the UAE

Selling F-35s to the United Arab Emirates could give Russia access to U.S. technology and erode Israel’s regional military edge.

Hasán Rohaní, el presidente de Irán (izquierda) saluda al presidente venezolano, Nicolás Maduro

Las sanciones están llevando a Irán y Venezuela a los brazos del otro

La política estadounidense de “presión máxima” no ha destruido a la economía iraní, y Teherán ahora está compartiendo sus lecciones de resiliencia con el asediado régimen de Nicolás Maduro en Caracas.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) greets Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro before the opening ceremony in the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela, on Sept. 17, 2016.

Sanctions Are Driving Iran and Venezuela Into Each Other’s Arms

Maximum pressure has not destroyed the Iranian economy, and Tehran is now sharing its lessons in resilience with Nicolás Maduro’s beleaguered regime in Caracas.

Pedestrians are reflected in a window displaying currency exchange rates in Tehran on June 22.

Maximum Pressure May Bring Iran Back to the Table After All

Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is struggling to stay afloat.

An aerial view of Marathon Petroleum's refinery in Carson, California, on April 22.

How Biden Could Use Trump’s Trade War Thumbscrews to Fight Climate Change

Fortunately for supporters of aggressive action on global emissions, Trump has demonstrated a highly effective way to circumvent the legislative process.

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping

U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Xinjiang’s Vast Paramilitary Settler Corps

Beijing is likely to react strongly to the first targeting of high-level officials and a government body.

Al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab recruits walk down a street on March 5, 2012 in the Deniile district of Somalian capital, Mogadishu, following their graduation.

In Somalia, Iran Is Replicating Russia’s Afghan Strategy

Iranian forces are supporting al-Shabab and allegedly offering bounties. The U.S. government must stop Tehran before it further destabilizes the Horn of Africa.

A portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hangs in old Damascus, Syria, on June 16, 2020.

Sanctions Against Syria Will Help, Not Harm, Civilians

The Caesar Act is an overdue effort to starve the Assad regime of the resources that fuel its atrocities.

Customers look at makeup products in a store attached to a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang on July 28, 2018.

The Coronavirus Has Pushed North Korea’s Economy to the Edge

Despite the crisis, there’s no signs of reform from Pyongyang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center) presides over a target strike exercise conducted by the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in an undated photo.

North Korea Continues to Flout Trump, Advance Nuclear Ambitions

A U.N. panel concludes that the U.S. president’s outreach to Kim Jong Un has changed little in his behavior. 

Medical personnel work at Razi hospital, which has been allocated to treat COVID-19 patients in Ghaenshar, Iran, on April 9.

Iran’s Nurses Are Martyrs to Trump’s Maximum Pressure

The Trump administration’s sanctions have made it impossible for Iranian medical personnel to keep themselves safe amid the pandemic.

Cuban health workers go door to door looking for possible cases of the novel coronavirus in Havana on March 31.

Ukraine to World: This Is Not the Time to Go Wobbly on Sanctions

With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces the greatest global challenge to its sanctions policy since the 1990s.

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