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December 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman Is Worse Than a Criminal. He’s a Symbol.

Why is everyone so angry about Saudi Arabia's crown prince? Jamal Khashoggi is only a small part of the story.

A demonstrator wearing a mask of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a protest outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

January 16, 2019

Somalia
Al-Shabab

Al-Shabab remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a long-running African Union offensive against the Islamist group. 

Al-Shabab in Somalia

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

Donald Trump
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2018

You aren’t alone if you’re feeling worn down as 2018 comes to a close. It’s been a trying year when it comes to the world scene. A seemingly unending parade of summits, crises, protests, and conflict…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

December 7, 2018

Saudi Arabia
U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relations

Relations between the two countries, long bound by common interests in oil and security, have strained over what some analysts see as a more assertive Saudi foreign policy.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump walks with Saudi King Salman at a summit in Riyadh.

December 4, 2018

World Order
Tilting at Straw Men: Secretary Pompeo’s Ridiculous Brussels Speech

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took aim at the European Union and United Nations during a speech in Brussels, offering a disjointed rejoinder to straw man internationalism. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Speaking in Brussels

November 28, 2018

Argentina
The G20 Tango: What to Expect From the Buenos Aires Summit

This week's G20 summit promises to be a dramatic spectacle. The ongoing U.S.-China trade war, a showdown in the Kerch Strait, and an international murder mystery will be among the intrigues. 

Donald J. Trump and Xi Jinping at the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg.

November 20, 2018

Saudi Arabia
The Inconvenient Truth About Saudi Arabia

The United States should pressure MBS to act with greater restraint in Yemen and elsewhere.

Trump MBS

November 20, 2018

Yemen
Yemen's Long Road to Peace

The United States can do more to support negotiation efforts in Yemen and help the parties find a workable, sustainable solution to the conflict.

People walk past a house destroyed by an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen.