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People cross from Guatemala to Mexico at the Talisman bridge in Chiapas State, Mexico, on June 7.

Mexico’s Other Border

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Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street on May 24 in London.

May Leaves, Brexit Remains

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This photograph taken on May 24, 2019 shows garment factory stitching apparel in a factory in Hanoi.

Vietnam Can’t Be the Next China

The trade war has been good for Hanoi—but the boom has its limits.

In this picture taken on March 15, 2018, local resident Truong Thi Hong, 76, looks at the names of relatives killed during the My Lai massacre at the war memorial museum in Son My village, Quang Ngai province.

America Loves Excusing Its War Criminals

Bitter memories of impunity for U.S. soldiers still rankle even close allies.

On the First Person podcast: Stephen M. Walt talks with George Packer about Richard Holbrooke, America’s long-serving diplomat.

How Richard Holbrooke Represented America’s Best and Worst Impulses

On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat.

A settlement is seen against the skyline of Manila’s financial district in the Philippines on Aug. 17, 2017.

For the Poor, Falling Poverty Numbers Aren’t Always Good News

Chronic poverty may be on the decline, but too many families still face cyclical poverty.

Richard Holbrooke at the Joint Summit on Business and AIDS in China on March 18, 2005 in Beijing, China.

Once Upon a Time, Americans Believed in America

A new biography of Richard Holbrooke is a portrait of an era when the United States was at the center of the world—and assumed it should be.

This picture taken on October 23, 2012 shows an ethnic Hmong hill tribe girl talking on a cell phone  in the mountainous district of Mu Cang Chai, in northwestern Vietnam.

Vietnam Doesn’t Trust Huawei An Inch

China's closest ideological neighbor wants its own 5G network.

Vietnamese soldiers stand guard near the Dong Dang railway station, in Lang Son on February 25, 2019.  (Photo by NHAC NGUYEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Vietnam Wants Western Politicians, Not Western Politics

As Hanoi welcomes Trump, it shuts down a key reformist think tank.

Signs depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Feb. 20. (Linh Pham/Getty Images)

At the Hanoi Summit, Trump Should Hold Himself to His Own Standards

A freeze-for-freeze deal is exactly what the administration once swore it would not accept.

A signboard welcomes the upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a restaurant in Tu Liem District in Hanoi on Feb. 20. (Linh Pham/Getty Images)

Hanoi Is Happy Cozying Up to Trump

At the U.S.-North Korea summit, the host may be the biggest winner.

U.S. Marines patrol on April 1, 2009 through Now Zad in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Why America Lost in Afghanistan

Successive U.S. administrations failed to heed the lessons of a forgotten counterinsurgency success story from Vietnam.

Vietnam communist party chief Nguyen Phu Trong takes the presidential oath at the National Assembly hall in Hanoi on October 23, 2018.(/AFP/Getty Images)

Vietnam’s Quiet New Autocrat Is Consolidating Power

President Nguyen Phu Trong is drawing from Xi Jinping's playbook.

HA GIANG, VIETNAM - November 27, 2016: Local people mostly H’mong go shopping for clothes at Dong Van Sunday Market, in the mountainous border province of Ha Giang. (Photo by Linh Pham/Getty Images)

Vietnam Is Winning the U.S.-China Trade War

As Beijing loses business, Hanoi's picking up the pieces.

A Japanese soldier walks past amphibious assault vehicles during an amphibious landing exercise at the beach of the navy training center in Zambales province, north of Manila, as a part of a joint military exercise with the United States and the Philippines on Oct. 6. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

The Quad Is Not Enough

Trump has revived a four-way security dialogue among the United States, India, Australia, and Japan, but if it's going to make China pay attention, it will need some new members.

This picture taken on January 24, 2016 shows a worker repainting a large statue of the late president Ho Chi Minh, founder of today's communist Vietnam, at a public park in the southern city of Can (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Vietnam’s Model Would Spell the End of Kim Jong Un

There's no place for individual strongmen in Hanoi's version of communist power.

Four Grotesque Male Heads. (Wenzel Hollar/Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University)

Are Americans as ‘Ugly’ as Ever?

"The Ugly American" remains relevant, 60 years after it changed the way the United States saw itself in the world.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

Meet the Godfather of Modern Counterinsurgency

How would the outcome of the Vietnam War differ if we had listened to Edward Lansdale? The world may never know.  

(USAF via AP/Corbis via Getty Images/AFP/Foreign Policy illustration)

Edward Lansdale and America’s Vietnam Demons

A new book explores a legendary advisor who may have had the secret to success in Vietnam — and in winning today’s forever war.

Major General Edward Lansdale, 1963 (U.S. Air Force Photograph)

Meet the Mild-Mannered Spy Who Made Himself the ‘American James Bond’

Edward Lansdale’s most successful covert operations may have been crafting his own reputation.

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