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A worshipper waves the flag of China as Pope Francis leaves following the weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican on June 12, 2019.

China Is Already Breaking Its Vatican Deal

Ordinary Catholics deserve to know the details of the arrangement.

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If You Want to Keep Talent Out of China, Invest at Home

Retaining the U.S. advantage needs funding, not xenophobia.

An orange sky filled with smoke hangs above hiking trails at the Limeridge Open Space in Concord, California, on Sept. 9, after historic wildfires created hazardous air quality conditions in the American West.

‘The Stakes Couldn’t Be Any Higher’

Todd Stern, Obama’s right hand at the Paris accords, says this U.S. election is make-or-break for efforts to fight runaway climate change.

Israeli soldiers patrol the border area known as Naharayim in Hebrew and Baqura in Arabic, on Oct. 18, 2019.

Don’t Politicize Water

Despite deteriorating relations in recent years, Israel and Jordan should return to a history of cooperation on water resources.

People wave national and European flags during a post-election rally in Podgorica, Montenegro, on Sept. 6

Montenegro Is the Latest Domino to Fall Toward Russia

After parliamentary elections, a pro-West government is out. Europe and the United States should take note.

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Feeling Like an Outcast

The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.

Employees work at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the United Arab Emirates

Why Israel Should Worry About the Saudi and Emirati Nuclear Programs

Today’s ally can become tomorrow’s enemy, as Israel’s history of friendship with pre-revolutionary Iran and pre-Erdogan Turkey illustrates.

An illustration of Alice with the white and red queens from the book "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There" by Lewis Carroll. Published in London in 1912.

The Real Foreign Policy of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Jared Kushner cited Lewis Carroll’s classic as the key to understanding Trump. He’s right—just not in the way he thinks.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) greets Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) 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.

Residents line up for cooking gas in Palu, Indonesia, on Oct. 9, 2018, following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the area the month before.

The Only People Panicking Are the People in Charge

The public can handle disasters better than lying leaders can.

An art installation including a balloon with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s image on it is seen in Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 15.

Netanyahu Can’t Catch a Break

The Israeli prime minister is trying to coast on his reputation as a grandmaster of national security, diplomacy, and economics—but it isn’t working.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before their meeting on Sept. 3, 2016 in Hangzhou, China.

Erdogan Is Turning Turkey Into a Chinese Client State

With few friends left in the West, Ankara is counting on Beijing for help.

People walk through the Myeongdong shopping district.

COVID-19 Has Crushed Everybody’s Economy—Except for South Korea’s

Seoul seems to have shown the way to mitigating both the health and the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bahrain Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and United Arab Emirates Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan at the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords at the White House on Sept. 15.

For Netanyahu, Normalization Deals Are a Long-Awaited Vindication

But the White House ceremony is marred by events back in Israel, including his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Foreign Affairs Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan participate in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 15.

Palestinians Can’t Stand In the Way of Israel’s Regional Integration

Deals with the UAE and Bahrain demonstrate the Palestinian issue is no longer a barrier to Israeli-Arab cooperation.

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