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July 12, 2018

Russia
The Trump-Putin Summit: Issues at Stake

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin could take fresh approaches on contentious issues, including Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections, Ukraine, Syria, and arms control, to their meeting in Helsinki.

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

November 1, 2018

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Populism Is Different but Also Dangerous

The region’s fast-growing but fragile democracies have been susceptible to strongmen and autocratic-leaning populists in recent years, propelled by concerns over inequality, crime, and dysfunctional …

Dondi Tawatao/Reuters

March 25, 2019

Ukraine
Why Ukraine Might Make a TV Actor Its President

Ukraine’s presidential campaign—the first since the upheavals of 2014—is drawing to a close, and the most improbable of candidates has taken the lead. Could he really become the country’s next presid…

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky backstage during the filming of his comedy show.

September 16, 2019

Iran
Is Iran Escalating Gulf Energy Attacks?

The attacks on the sprawling Saudi oil facility bear all the hallmarks of an Iranian operation, marking a dangerous new phase in Gulf tensions.

October 14, 2019

Hungary
Hungary’s Populists Face New European Test

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party has become the symbol of European populism. How will Europe’s mainstream parties respond?

August 6, 2018

Iran
The Return of U.S. Sanctions on Iran: What to Know

The United States has reactivated sanctions against Iran that could trigger the collapse of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal.

Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

August 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia
Tesla: The Risks of a Foreign Buyout

If Tesla goes private with significant funding from Saudi Arabia or other foreign investors, it would raise national security and ethical questions.  

Tesla tires

August 23, 2018

United States
The Debate Over U.S. Security Clearances: What to Know

President Trump’s revocation of a former CIA director's security clearance has stirred up a debate about access to government secrets, free speech, and democratic norms.  

Security Clearances John Brennan

September 7, 2018

Cybersecurity
Facebook, Twitter, and the Challenge From Washington

Can the country’s major digital platforms fight disinformation campaigns while facing the Trump administration’s charges of political bias?

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

October 18, 2018

Italy
Does Italy Threaten a New European Debt Crisis?

Italy’s populist government has relished defying the European Union, and its latest showdown with Brussels could threaten the continent’s fragile recovery—and the global economy.

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