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January 13, 2020

Middle East and North Africa
Pompeo’s Departure Is Restoring the State Department’s Swagger

The U.S. secretary of state appears to have one foot out the door—and that’s exactly what U.S. diplomats have been waiting for.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers remarks during a news conference in the Press Briefing Room at the State Department in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2020.

December 4, 2019

Noncommunicable Diseases
Autocracy Is Hazardous for Your Health

Democracy does not die in the darkness so often anymore. It dies in the light, one election at a time, with voters embracing the populists and autocrats who promise to cut the red tape and deliver …

Health workers demonstrate outside the hotel where the Supreme Electoral Tribunal has its headquarters to count the election votes, in La Paz, on October 22, 2019.

December 3, 2019

Syria
There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds

The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holds a Kurdistan flag during a deployment in the area near the northern Iraqi border with Syria

October 22, 2019

Trade
The October Truce on U.S.-China Trade Failed to Address Subsidies

Concern that China's subsidies caused a flood of cheap imports was what started the U.S.-China trade war in the first place, but subsidies were not mentioned even once when President Trump announced …

U.S. China Currency

August 19, 2019

Global Governance
The G-7 Gathers in Biarritz for a Dysfunctional Family Reunion

This weekend, leaders from the G-7 will convene for their annual summit, this time in Biarritz, France. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is spearheading France’s G-7 presidency this year, bills …

Police officers in Biarritz

May 22, 2019

Turkey
Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived

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

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves the voting booth at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey June 24, 2018.

May 13, 2019

Trade
The Global Trading System: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It

Introduction It has now been more than a quarter century since the United States, the European Union (EU), Japan and more than 100 other countries came together to conclude the Uruguay Round globa…

WTO World Trade Organization Geneva

April 8, 2019

Turkey
Erdogan Is Weak. And Invincible.

Turkey’s president has rarely been so unpopular. He’s likely to dominate this week’s local elections anyway.

People walk past by AK Party billboards with pictures of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and mayoral candidate Binali Yildirim in Istanbul, Turkey, April 1, 2019.

December 20, 2018

Wars and Conflict
The Geopolitical Flash Points of 2019

If 2018 was a year marked by international challenges that percolated but did not boil over into full-blown crises, next year may well be the year in which that good fortune runs out.

Gleb Garanich/Reuters

December 20, 2018

Syria
Sudden U.S. Troop Exit From Syria Would Exacerbate Regional Instability

President Trump’s order to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria could have major implications for the country, the Middle East, and broader U.S. foreign policy.

Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images