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Donald Trump shouts at members of the media as he returns to the White House on October 3, 2019 in Washington.

How to Know You’ve Lost Your Grip on Reason

Five warning signs that your political views no longer fulfill the most basic of democratic criteria.

Employees of Indian education technology startup BYJU's work on app content in Bangalore, India, on Jan. 10, 2019.

Bengaluru Is the New Shenzhen as Apps Displace Devices

In the global internet economy, India’s tech industry has a leg up on China’s.

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters storm the United States Capitol building following a "Stop the Steal" rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington.

The Trump Mob Combined the Worst of Left And Right

The president’s supporters are full of sound and fury, signifying far less than they claim.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani pose before they participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Sept. 15, 2020.

Israel and the Emirates Are the Middle East’s New Best Friends

The Abraham Accords didn’t just seal a wary detente. It cemented Israel’s first regional partnership.

The first Saudi citizen preparing to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine in the capital Riyadh on Dec. 16, 2000, as part of a vaccination campaign by the Saudi health ministry.

America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East

China and Russia are spreading their vaccines—and forging new ties—to some of Washington’s closest allies.

Donald Trump delivers a news conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on July 23, 2020.

Trump’s Final Foreign-Policy Report Card

A look back at four years of big ambitions, a handful of successes—and many more failures.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for a selfie with Anas Modamani, a refugee from Syria, after she visited the AWO Refugium Askanierring shelter for migrants and refugees on Sept. 10, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

The Arab Spring Changed Everything—in Europe

A decade after Arabs started a regional revolution, it’s the neighboring continent that will never be the same.

A woman fills out a Mega Millions lottery ticket on October 19, 2018 in New York City.

America’s History of Luck Is Running Out

The country’s rise was fueled by fortunate circumstances that seem unlikely to last much longer.

A woman cries in Tahrir Square after it is announced that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was giving up power Feb. 11, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

Arab Dignity Is Real. So Is Arab Failure.

Ten years after the start of the Arab Spring, it’s time to accept that the revolution may never return.

Workers producing LED chips at a factory in Huaian, in China's eastern Jiangsu province, on June 16.

China’s Drive to Make Semiconductor Chips Is Failing

The stunning success of U.S. efforts to hobble Huawei shows the fragility of Beijing’s highly centralized tech sector.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen after Brexit talks at EU headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 9.

Why the World Should Root for the EU in Brexit Talks

If Brussels folds, it will mark the end of the last, best hope for stopping a race to the bottom.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to board his plane at the Old Doha International airport in the Qatari capital Doha, on Nov. 21, 2020.

The Pitiful Endgame of Saudi Arabia’s Qatar Blockade

As the Trump administration winds down, Riyadh is trying—and failing—to cut its losses on a failed regional policy.

Joe Biden announces the members of his health team, including his pick for secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, at the Queen Theater December 08, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden Sees the A-Team. I See the Blob.

There’s plenty of reason to be skeptical of the president-elect’s national-security choices—but here’s hoping he proves history wrong.

National Security Advisor nominee Jake Sullivan speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 24.

Report Sheds Light on How Biden’s Future NSC Chief Wants to Reshape U.S. Foreign Policy

Jake Sullivan spent several years working on a less ambitious approach to U.S. global interests that could disappoint both internationalists and progressives.

An oil pumpjack operates near Los Angeles, California on April 21.

How Biden’s Climate Plans Will Shake Up Global Energy Markets

The new administration will use foreign policy tools to promote climate goals, boost clean energy, and punish carbon-intensive production.

A sign in a shop in London advertises 5G mobile technology on Jan. 28.

How China Is Buying Up the West’s High-Tech Sector

Chinese acquisitions of Western firms are only part of the problem. Secret venture capital is handing power to Beijing under the radar.

A woman carrying a child waits at a makeshift clinic at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of al-Hol in al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria on February 7, 2019.

Assad’s Syria Is Starting to Starve Like Saddam’s Iraq

How sanctions against the Syrian regime are forcing the country into famine.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok on Nov. 4, 2019.

Cutting Through the Hype on Asia’s New Trade Deal

The RCEP truly is a China-style trade agreement: platitudinous and ineffective.

A team of dressmakers works in a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Nov. 22, 2012.

Bangladesh Is Everyone’s Economic Darling. It Might Not Last.

Dhaka has shown real vision in its fiscal planning, but a turn toward authoritarianism could reverse its successes.

Saudi and foreign media representatives listen to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman remotely addressing a press conference, at the G20 summit's Media Center in the capital Riyadh, on November 22, 2020.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Human Rights Mirage

Saudi Arabia’s recent social reforms are more about earning international attention than improving the lives of its citizens at home.

Vice President Joe Biden greets guests as he and his wife Dr. Jill Biden host a Thanksgiving dinner at the Vice-President's residence.

The Top Five Reasons to Still Feel Thankful About the World

Believe it or not, this year’s pandemic-afflicted globe offers plenty of grounds for gratitude.

Vice-President Joe Biden looks on during a bilateral meeting between President Obama and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine in the Oval Office of the White House September 18, 2014 in Washington.

Biden Has the Team Obama Always Wanted

The next U.S. administration will feature the most cohesive group of foreign-policy hands in at least a generation.

Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) reads an article from "USA Today" during a rally at Morrell Park October 17, 2008 in Henderson, Nevada.

The Transition Has Started. Release the Op-Eds!

Every four years, Washington’s ideas industry indulges in its favorite ritual: trying—and mostly failing—to influence the next U.S. president.

A copy of former President George Washington's personal copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is viewed at Christie's auction house on June 15, 2012 in New York City.

This Is How a Constitution Dies

The United States’ stalled presidential transition may seem like a farce—but it’s still the biggest constitutional crisis since the Civil War.

President Donald Trump walks with Jerome Powell at the White House in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017.

The West’s Constitutional Crises Threaten the Economy’s Last Best Hope

Central banks have kept their economies afloat this year—but political dysfunction is pushing them past the breaking point.

Biotechnology company Moderna protocol files for COVID-19 vaccinations are kept at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13, 2020.

The World’s Wild and Crazy Vaccine Ride Is Just Starting

Is it possible to have too many vaccines? We may soon find out.

President Donald Trump leaves Number 10 Downing Street after a reception on December 3, 2019 in London.

Trump Is in Denial—and America Is Unsafe

A house divided against itself can’t compete on the world stage.

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