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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stand for the presentation of colors during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 15.

The Republican and Democratic Parties Are Heading for Collapse

U.S. political parties have reshuffled every few decades, and 2020 may be the year they do it again.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping

The United States Needs a New Strategic Mindset

For decades, U.S. strategists were thinking short-term. Its leaders should start taking an infinite perspective.

A girl practices ballet during a distant lesson via a mobile phone in Nairobi on May 22.

Africa’s Creative Industries Are Ripe for U.S. Investment

The continent's pop culture market is booming, just as U.S.-Chinese competition is heating up.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24, 2019.

What the U.N. Is Good For… or Could Be

The best way to advance U.S. interests isn’t to chastise the United Nations—it’s to participate actively in its proceedings.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2019 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Much Maligned But Still Necessary: the U.N. at 75

The postwar institution designed to maintain global peace has fallen short of many goals, but on the whole succeeded.

New Yorkers hold a memorial march marking 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

Counting Presidential Dead Is a Distraction

It doesn’t matter whether Bush or Trump was worse when the problems are the same.

Jair Bolsonaro looks on at a ceremony in which Eduardo Pazuello takes office as Minister of Health amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Brasilia on Sept. 16.

Biden or Trump, the U.S.-Brazil Relationship Is Still Headed for Trouble

No matter the president, Washington won’t stand for Brasilia’s growing ties with Beijing.

A picture taken on Nov. 10, 2019, shows an Iranian flag in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, during an official ceremony to kick-start works on a second reactor at the facility.

Trump’s Policies Have Convinced Iran to Build a More Advanced Nuclear Program Before Negotiating

Washington’s reliance on sanctions and maximum pressure will make it harder to strike a new deal constraining Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

A demonstrator holding a Lebanese flag

Our Top Weekend Reads

Why partition may be the only solution to Lebanon’s woes, what the bestselling book “Caste” ignores about India’s caste structure, and Britain’s distraction from its real economic problems.

Harvard Yard

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.

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.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the inaugural session of the new parliament following February elections, in Tehran on May 27.

For Iran, Negotiations Aren’t Optional

With its economy in trouble, Tehran will have to talk to Washington. But the next administration shouldn’t rush things.

Laboratory technicians handle capped vials as part of filling and packaging tests for the large-scale production and supply of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222, in Anagni, Italy, on Sept. 11.

Joining COVAX Could Save American Lives

The vaccine partnership would help ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine—including in the United States—but Trump won’t participate.

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