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North Korean soldiers watch a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance

Too much engagement with North Korea could derail the White House’s promising approach.

A woman reads names on a commemorative plaque during a memorial ceremony for victims of an Islamic State attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport, on June 28, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s Fatal Blind Spot

The real threat to Turkey isn’t the Kurds. It’s the Islamic State.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem on Nov. 18, 2014. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Bibi Is Burning Down the House

Faced with legal threats, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t hesitate to sow doubt, chaos, and confusion in order to remain in power.

Foreign ministers during the international conference for Iraq reconstruction in Kuwait City, on Feb. 14. (Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was

The $30 billion pledged toward reconstruction in Iraq was more than some expected, but still short of the total needed to rebuild the country.

US Secretary for Defense James Mattis in Brussels on February 14, 2018. (VIRGINIA MAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again

The Pentagon always complains for more money – and politicians always eventually give in.

U.S. and Turkish flags are seen together on February 14 in Istanbul.  (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late

McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson are having tough conversations with Turkish counterparts.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on March 22, 2013. (Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Defending America Means Defending Democracy

With China and Russia on the rise, the United States leaves the field uncontested at its peril.

Faraj Ghazi al-Jamous, a Syrian refugee who was prevented from travel to the United States due to President Donald Trump's executive order blocking entry to citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, holds out a certificate provided by the International Organisation of Migration verifying that he "completed an intensive cultural orientation course" for resettlement, in Amman, Jordan, on Feb. 1, 2017. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Undercut U.S. Refugee Resettlement. Here’s One Way to Restore It.

Instead of closing resettlement offices and blocking the entry of people from war-ravaged countries, the United States should maintain its historical commitments.

The logo of news website BuzzFeed is seen on a computer screen in Washington on March 25, 2014.   (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeed’s Effort to Verify Trump Dossier

Anthony Ferrante coordinated the U.S. government’s response to Russian election interference. Now he’s helping a news site defend itself from a Russian billionaire’s lawsuit.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies before the Senate alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Oct. 30, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski      /AFP/Getty Images)

State Department, USAID Face Drastic Budget Cut

A budget deal ended a government shutdown, but it could gut funding for America’s diplomacy and development programs.

Donald Trump and Miss America contestants at Trump Tower, in New York on May 8, 2012.

The Teflon Don

Sex scandals have a long history of taking down politicians — but don't get your hopes up about the current U.S. president.

Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a rally in Tijuana, Mexico, on Jan. 30. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Mexico Ready for a Populist President?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador's ascension seems like an increasingly good bet.

A portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump burns during demonstration in Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 11, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Team’s Blinkered Obsession With the Iran Deal Is Poisoning the Well

Opponents of the nuclear agreement have distorted the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses sanctions and the Iran nuclear deal in the White House on Oct. 13, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Use of Sanctions May Be Unsustainable

The president risks weakening one of America's most formidable policy tools.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Aug. 11, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Serving Under Trump Is Not a Crime

Officials in both parties urgently need to assure diplomats that working for the Trump administration won’t derail their future careers.

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