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Iraqi mourners gather at the Shaheed Mohammed Baqir al-Sadr Bridge in Basra, Iraq, on Jan. 7, 2019, as they welcome the body of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the slain chief of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary force with close ties to Iran.

Qassem Suleimani Wanted U.S. Troops Out of Iraq. If They Go, ISIS Will Be Back.

The slain Iranian general helped defeat the Islamic State in Iraq, but his death is likely to unleash the sort of sectarian strife that Sunni extremists thrive on.

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Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown

Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.

Businesspeople and shoppers walk along Madison Avenue in New York City on Nov. 1, 2011.

The Left and Right Are Wrong About Inequality

The problem isn’t trade or corporations—it’s the monopolization by professional groups of high-profit services.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) with Britain's then-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (R), France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L), Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (2nd L) at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 15, 2018.

Europe Is Running Out of Time to Save the Iran Deal

After initiating a dispute resolution process, European leaders have a limited window to provide Iran with meaningful economic relief and seek to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.

A BMW employee works at the new BMW car production plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on June 6, 2019.

NAFTA’s Replacement Gives Labor Some Shelter From Globalization’s Storms

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement sets new standards for workers — but can’t stand alone.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker, then-president of the European Commission, in Brussels on Oct. 17, 2019.

Avoiding Autarky

For some nations, trade and cooperation are becoming less attractive. But the world needs more coordination, not less.

A pro-Trump message on a house in the village of Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland, on the main road to Trump International Golf Club on June 6, 2019.

Trump’s Growing European Base

Attitudes toward the United States are improving across the Atlantic—but only because the right wing is getting stronger.

A picture taken during a press tour organized by the U.S.-led coalition shows U.S. soldiers clearing rubble at Ain al-Assad military airbase in Anbar province, Iraq, on Jan. 3.

The Iraqi Military Won’t Survive a Tug of War Between the United States and Iran

Sectarian tensions have already hobbled the force. The competition between Washington and Tehran could break it.

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Why Socialism Won’t Work

Capitalism is still the best way to handle risk and boost innovation and productivity.

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The World After Capitalism

The future depends on a social democracy that doesn’t reshape capitalism but transcends it.

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Can Social Democrats Save the World (Again)?

Communism and democratic socialism won’t heal today’s political divisions. But social democracy—which helped ward off extremism following World War II—could.

The overseas Chinese student Helen Zhou, from Chengdu, heads to choir practice on campus at Linfield Christian School in Temecula, California, on March 23, 2016.

China Is Winning the Race for Young Entrepreneurs

Trump’s restrictive immigration policies—along with generous incentives from Beijing—have pushed Chinese students in the United States to return to China.

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Americans Are Investing More in China—and They Don’t Even Know It

A modest trade deal can’t mask major problems between Washington and Beijing. But despite those tensions, Americans are unwittingly increasing their exposure to Chinese stocks and bonds.

Demonstrators marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown confront police during a protest along West Florissant Street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 11, 2015.

The Global Policeman Will Always Shoot People

Suleimani’s killing shows U.S. police and military power can’t be separated.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office of the White House on May 10, 2017.

Why Is the United States So Bad at Foreign Policy?

It’s not just Trump. Washington hasn’t had a coherent strategy for decades.

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