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June 25, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
The Real Reason Iran Has Been Provoking Trump

Iran wants to come back to the negotiating table—but first the regime needs a narrative of success.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan June 14, 2019.

June 19, 2019

Hong Kong
What Does the Pause of Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill Mean?

The bill’s future remains uncertain, but no amendments can change the ugly reality of shipping anyone off to Beijing’s incommunicado torture chambers, its denial of competent legal defenders, and its…

Dozens of people wear black shirts during a protest against Hong Kong's extradition bill.

June 19, 2019

G20 (Group of Twenty)
Will There Be a Trade Truce at the G20?

Donald J. Trump and Xi Jinping plan to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan, but it’s not clear that an end to tariffs is in sight.

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, talking in 2017

June 18, 2019

Iran
The Strait of Hormuz: A U.S.-Iran Maritime Flash Point

The narrow and congested Mideast waterway has become a site of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions. Conflict in the wake of tanker attacks there could jolt global oil supplies.

Iranian sailors pass oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

June 12, 2019

Israel
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.

Jewish youth wave Israeli flags as they participate in a march marking "Jerusalem Day", near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City June 2, 2019.

June 5, 2019

Thailand
The Military Wins Big in Thailand

Prayuth Chan-ocha led the 2014 military coup and will now lead the country as civilian prime minister after this week’s parliamentary vote. But the military will still dominate politics.

Prayuth Chan-ocha wears a white military uniform.

June 5, 2019

United States Presidential Election (2020)
The 2020 Presidential Candidates: In Their Own Words

The Democratic and Republican presidential contenders have begun defining their approach to major foreign policy issues as they jockey for position in their parties’ primaries.

The Presidential Seal

May 31, 2019

Israel
How to Read Israel’s Election Turmoil

Israel’s politics have been upended for much of this year by elections and are now set to be disrupted for much of the rest, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces likely indictment on corrupt…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset in Jerusalem.

May 17, 2019

European Union
Why the European Parliament Elections Matter

Populist parties are looking to make big gains in European Parliament elections. That could disrupt EU policy on issues from trade to migration.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini at a rally.

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