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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nobody’s Asking for Trump to Be a Genius

But is it too much for him to at least show some foreign-policy common sense?

Supporters wave U.S. flags as they attend the Rally for America event at Marshall University stadium May 24, 2003 in Huntington, West Virginia.

You Can’t Defeat Nationalism, So Stop Trying

There are deep reasons that imagined communities will always be a powerful reality in international politics.

Israelis celebrate Jerusalem Day in Jeruslam's Old City on May 13, 2018.

Israel Is at Peace (With Itself)

The country can’t form a government, its peace process is permanently stalled—and things have never been better.

A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames on May 3, 2013, near Camarillo, California.

Be Afraid of the World, Be Very Afraid

Five global problems that are getting worse—and may never get better.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerges from the voting booth before casting his vote in the countries parliamentary and presidential election on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived

The country’s political system doesn't deserve the laments it’s recently received.

A poster from a protest against President Donald Trump in New York City on Nov. 9, 2016.

Donald Trump and Swine Fever Are Creating an Economic Crisis

A deadly outbreak in China and trade tariffs in the United States are threatening to send global markets into a tailspin.

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.

National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit in New York on Sept. 25, 2018.

If Nobody Knows Your Iran Policy, Does It Even Exist?

The Trump administration’s top foreign-policy priority is the Islamic Republic—but it’s unclear to what end.

Congregants and other members of the public attend a funeral service at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue for Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was killed in a shooting during a service there on April 29, in Poway, California.

Congress’s Anti-Semitism Act Won’t Stop Hate Crimes Against Jews

The debate over anti-Semitism on Capitol Hill is about scoring political points, not protecting religious minorities.

Pete Buttigieg reacts as he sees an overflow crowd waiting for him at a meet-and-greet at Madhouse Coffee on April 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 9/11 Generation Served. Now It Wants to Lead.

Three Democrats running for the White House fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—and they came back with very different ideas.

Sarah Elizabeth Robles of the United States competes during a weightlifting competition at the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

America Isn’t as Powerful as It Thinks It Is

The era of unilateralism is over—and Washington is the last to realize it.

Donald Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA's Leadership Forum at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Loving Dictators Is as American as Apple Pie

Trump has embraced yet another strongman, this time in Libya. But it’s not just a personal failing—it’s a national tradition.

A miner stands on a mound of dirt at an abandoned industrial mine March 28, 2006 in Mongbwalu, Congo. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Your Cell Phone Is Spreading Ebola

A deadly outbreak in Congo has become a global emergency because of a raging conflict over valuable minerals.

A fortune-telling fairground attraction bearing the likeness of Donald Trump stands at Washington Square Park in New York on Oct. 14, 2016. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Will Be Shocked by Its Future

The only thing that’s clear about the changing world order is that Americans can shape their role in it—and that they’re likely to mess it up.

Carl Muscarello and Edith Shain, who claim to be the nurse and sailor in the famous photograph taken on V-J Day, kiss next to a sculpture based on the photograph in Times Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II on Aug. 14, 2005 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Nostalgia Is a National Security Threat

By idealizing the past, Americans have made themselves unsafe in the present.

Donald Trump listens while Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi makes a statement to the press in the Oval Office before a meeting on April 3, 2017 in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Sisi Has His Own Jamal Khashoggi

It’s time to hold Egypt accountable for the U.S. citizens it has unjustly victimized.

A security guard walks past a welcoming banner at Pristina International Airport prior to the arrival of the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Kosovo on May 21, 2009. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is Wide Open for Foreign Influence

If you’re an outsider with a political agenda, there’s no better country to target than the United States.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a campaign rally at the Stone Cliff Winery on March 1, 2019 in Dubuque, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

What Democrats Can Learn From the Left

And what the left needs to learn from Democrats.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the Great Hall of the People on March 17, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

5 Very Important Things About the World Nobody Knows

The future will be determined by a handful of big questions that don’t yet have answers.

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