Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

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For the Love of Welsh Rarebit

In a politically correct era, is it ever OK to crave colonialist cuisine?

This photograph taken on March 29, 2015 shows Lee Wei Ling (2nd R), the younger sister of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, along with family members walking out of parliament house during the late founding father Lee Kuan Yew's funeral procession in Singapore. 
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on April 10, 2016 denied abusing his power and attempting to establish a dynasty as a family feud went public after the first anniversary of the death of his father Lee Kuan Yew.  / AFP / MOHD FYROL        (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)

Singapore Can Have Meritocracy or Aristocracy, But Not Both

By airing their dirty laundry, the city-state's ruling family is exposing its hypocrisy.

South Korea's Defense Minister Han Min-Koo (L) shows US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis (C) how to pose for a tri-handshake, as Japan's Defence Minister Tomomi Inada looks on, during a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 16th Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue Summit in Singapore on June 3, 2017. 
The annual Shangri-La Dialogue is attended by defence ministers from around the region and runs from June 2 to 4. / AFP PHOTO / Roslan RAHMAN        (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

James Mattis’s Reassurance Tour Is Winning Admirers But Not Believers

The defense secretary is limited in how much he can reassure allies when his boss's erraticism is making them so unsettled.

WEST POINT, NY - MAY 27:  U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to West Point graduates during the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2017 graduation ceremony at Michie Stadium on May 27, 2017 in West Point, New York. Secretary Mattis addressed the 950 graduating cadets during the ceremony. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Mattis Should Explain Trump’s Asia-Pacific Strategy, if One Exists

The secretary of defense's trip to Singapore presents an opportunity to address the region as a whole.

A general view of the Universal Journey during a media preview of Santa's All-Star Christmas at Universal Studios Singapore in Resorts World Sentosa on November 17, 2016. 
Singapore's Universal Studio broke the Guinness World Record for having the largest indoor display of lightbulbs with 824,961 bulbs in a festive light display separated into eight thematic zones. / AFP / Roslan RAHMAN        (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

An Asian Peace Plan for the War on Christmas

Singapore proves that holidays in a multiethnic country don’t have to be occasions for divisiveness.


Obama Is America’s Last Lonely Free Trader

The president is making a final push for a massive Asian trade deal that has been rejected by both Trump and Clinton — and by plenty of the powerful Republicans who once supported it.


China Doesn’t Care About What Some Dutch Court Thinks about the South China Sea

And veiled threats from the U.S. Secretary of Defense clearly don’t scare it, either.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) sits with China's Vice President Li Yuanchao (R) during a military parade at Kim Il-Sung square marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean war armistice in Pyongyang on July 27, 2013.  North Korea mounted its largest ever military parade on July 27 to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War, displaying its long-range missiles at a ceremony presided over by leader Kim Jong-Un.  AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Panel: North Korea Used Chinese Bank to Evade Nuclear Sanctions

New sanctions on Pyongyang will work only if Beijing plays ball. A new report obtained by FP suggests that China is doing the opposite.

A United States Navy Boeing P-8 Poseidon takes off from Perth International Airport as part of the search to locate missing Malaysia Airways Flight MH370 on April 15, 2014. A mini-sub hunting for Malaysian jet MH370 prepared to make a second mission to the remote Indian Ocean seabed on April 15 after aborting its first search as it encountered water deeper than its operating limits, officials said. AFP PHOTO / Richard Wainwright / POOL        (Photo credit should read RICHARD WAINWRIGHT/AFP/Getty Images)

Singapore Approves U.S. Surveillance Flights

Singapore bolsters America’s "eyes in the sky" over the South China Sea, where Beijing’s island-building has set off alarm bells among its neighbors.

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What kind of general loses Singapore?

Lt. Gen. Arthur Percival surrendered the island in February 1942, in perhaps the worst defeat ever suffered by British forces.

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Amos Yee, Singapore’s Teen Dissident, Is Back With a Crude, Hilarious Video

Fresh out of prison, the 16-year-old is back with another attack on his country's rulers.


Why Cuba Needs to Follow the Singapore Model

Fifty years ago Lee Kuan Yew turned a tiny rock in the sea into one of Asia’s strongest economies. Castro could do the same in the Caribbean.