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Three Congolese ride a motorbike and carry a cross for a grave in Mangina, North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Aug. 23. (John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to the First War Zone Ebola Crisis

The world thought it knew how to deal with Ebola outbreaks—but it’s never dealt with one like this before.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is America’s Middle East Strategy on Steroids

Donald Trump isn’t just maintaining an alliance with Saudi Arabia—he’s choosing it over the rest of the world.

A police officer enters the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey, as the search continues for Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. (Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance Is Even Stranger Than It Seems

The Saudi journalist is presumed dead, but we may never know what happened to him.

An ice sculpture by the artistic duo Ligorano/Reese spells out the word “truth” in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 22. (Olivia Hampton/AFP/Getty Images)

The Problem Isn’t Fake News From Russia. It’s Us.

Propaganda has long affected elections around the world because publics have an appetite for it.

U.S. flags flutter in strong wind in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., on March 2. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

What Sort of World Are We Headed for?

The liberal world order never really existed. Great-power politics are here to stay.

Yemeni mourners bury the bodies of Houthis killed in a car bomb attack which targeted a Shiite Muslim mosque in Sanaa during a group funeral procession in the Yemeni capital on July 22, 2015.

America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen

Washington has left a vacuum in the Middle East, letting U.S. allies do as they please—no matter how high the body count.

A doctor examines the X-rays of a tuberculosis patient at a clinic in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 27, 2002. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images

You Can’t Treat Tuberculosis With Platitudes

Washington nearly killed the U.N. anti-TB effort, but it didn't need to. The U.N. will do that itself.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a rally in front of the Capitol in Washington on March 22, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Socialists and Libertarians Need an Alliance Against the Establishment

U.S. foreign policy is ripe for disruption—but only if the left and right get their act together.

A satellite photo from September 16, 2004 depicting what South Korean officials described as "mushroom-shaped clouds" over North Korea's remote northeastern region. (LEE JONG-CHUL/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Your Mission Is to Keep All This From Collapsing Into Nuclear Hellfire’

An open letter to Donald Trump's new North Korea envoy on how to avoid Armageddon.

A man dressed as Pinocchio holds a sign during a protest march against the US president and the Belgian Prime Minister in the city center of Brussels on May 24, 2017. (BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Does It Matter That Trump Is a Liar?

World leaders have never really trusted each other—but the president's behavior undermines American foreign policy anyway.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (L) arrive at the presidential palace in the UAE capital on July 20, 2018. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

The Middle East Doesn’t Take China Seriously

There are some parts of the world where economic strength isn’t enough to qualify as a great power.

A Chinese flag flies over the company logo outside the Google China headquarters in Beijing on January 14, 2010. (LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Google Is Handing the Future of the Internet to China

The company has been quietly collaborating with the Chinese government on a new, censored search engine—and abandoning its own ideals in the process.

Donald Trump holds up a replica flintlock rifle awarded him by cadets during the Republican Society Patriot Dinner at the Citadel Military College on February 22, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

The Battle for Crazytown

America’s newest live-streaming reality show features the foreign-policy establishment fighting for its life against Donald Trump.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) and Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Korolev (L) watch a terrestrial globe while visiting Russia's Navy Headquarters during Navy Day in Saint Petersburg on July 30, 2017. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Is Sneaking Up on Europe From the South

The Kremlin understands that the best way to undermine the West is through its soft underbelly—the Middle East.

Donald Trump speaks during an event to announces a grant for drug-free communities support program, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 29, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Planning for the Post-Trump Wreckage

When the president eventually exits the White House, the rest of us will quickly have to make sense of the world he's left behind.

Sonny Liston lies out for the count after being KO'd in the first round of his return title fight by world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali,  Lewiston, Maine, May 25, 1965. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

America Needs the Muhammad Ali Doctrine

When in doubt, Washington's foreign-policy strategy should be to rope-a-dope.

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan listens to a translation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel?s speech at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) 100th anniversary gala at the National Building Museum on May 4, 2006 in Washington, DC.  (Matthew Cavanaugh-POOL/Getty Images)

The Death of the Gentle Peacemaker

Kofi Annan was the epitome of international diplomacy—which is why he was both an inspiration and a disappointment.

A map of the world at the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism International Law Enforcement Conference June 11, 2007 in Miami, Florida. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

America’s Anxiety of Influence

The power of the United States is declining—and that's nothing to worry about.

Yemenis gather next to the destroyed bus at the site of a Saudi-led coalition air strike, that targeted the Dahyan market the previous day in the Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 10, 2018. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

America Is Committing War Crimes and Doesn’t Even Know Why

The United States has spent far more time obscuring its role in the Saudi-led war in Yemen than in explaining any rationale for it.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the opening ceremony at the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, on July 11. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Is the First President to Get Turkey Right

Good riddance to the so-called strategic relationship between Washington and Ankara.

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