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  1. foreign interests
    Venezuela’s Maduro Doesn’t Appear to Be Going Anywhere. What Now?Generals are still standing with Maduro and the regime is finding ways around sanctions. Does the U.S. cut Juan Guaidó loose or tighten the screws?
  2. foreign interests
    U.K. Gets More Time to Mess Up Brexit, and Maybe the E.U.The October 31 extension means the U.K. may participate in European Parliament elections, and boost the far-right faction bent on taking down the E.U.
  3. foreign interests
    U.K. Politicians Are in Full-Blown Brexit Panic ModeDespite an escalating series of desperate moves, leaders are far from a final deal — and a crash-out next Friday looks more and more likely.
  4. foreign interests
    Brexit Guide: What Happens Now That Parliament Has Seized ControlAfter taking over for Theresa May’s government, Parliament will vote on several options — but there’s no guarantee that they’ll break the logjam.
  5. foreign interests
    U.K.’s Brexit Meltdown Morphs Into a ‘Major Constitutional Crisis’Theresa May’s position went from bad to worse — again — when the Commons speaker blocked further votes on her Brexit deal in a surprise ruling.
  6. foreign interests
    Delaying Brexit May Not Help the U.K. Avoid DisasterParliament voted for an extension, but MPs can’t avoid making a hard decision — or Brexit’s painful consequences — forever.
  7. foreign interests
    Britain Can’t Wake Up From Its Brexit NightmareAfter rejecting Theresa May’s plan once again, Parliament will vote on an extension — but MPs might be ready to crash out and put the debate to rest.
  8. foreign interests
    Guaidó Needs a New Strategy for Toppling the Maduro RegimeThe opposition leader returns to Venezuela facing possible imprisonment and a more drawn-out battle with Maduro than he may have anticipated.
  9. foreign interests
    Could a Looming Indictment Be the End of Benjamin Netanyahu?Weeks before Israel’s election, Netanyahu is set to face corruption charges. To hold onto power, he’s embracing extremists and crying “witch hunt.”
  10. foreign interests
    May and Corbyn’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Moves to Stop the Brexit Crash-OutBoth made surprise U-turns, with Corbyn backing a second referendum, and May mulling a deadline extension. Neither plan will end the U.K.’s problems.
  11. foreign interests
    Trump Should Drop Intervention Threats, Focus on Keeping Troops Out of VenezuelaRather than floating a unilateral assault, the U.S. should be working to prevent a humanitarian crisis that could require international intervention.
  12. foreign interests
    Trump’s Efforts in Venezuela Could Wind Up Doing More Harm Than GoodSo far the administration’s moves have been uncharacteristically deft, but pushing too hard — or attempting a military invasion — would be disastrous.
  13. foreign interests
    On Brexit, Theresa May Is Out of Ideas and Running Out of TimeIt appears her “Plan B” is to keep pushing her rejected deal until either Parliament or the E.U. gets spooked enough to accept it.
  14. foreign interests
    Political Chaos Is Driving the U.K. Off a No-Deal Brexit CliffWith today’s vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal almost certain to fail, Brexiteers have resorted to telling the public a crash-out will be manageable.
  15. foreign interests
    Netanyahu’s ‘Witch Hunt’ Broadcast May Offer a Preview of Trump’s TacticsWith indictments looming, Israel’s prime minister used a TV address to challenge his accusers. It’s a move that might be appealing to Trump, too.
  16. foreign interests
    Poland’s Judicial Purge Fails, But Nationalists’ Fight With the E.U. Isn’t OverThough they’ve backed down for now, agreeing to reinstate Supreme Court judges, Polish nationalists are looking to European Parliament elections.
  17. foreign interests
    Confidence Vote Confirms Theresa May Is the U.K.’s Least Terrible OptionThe results of the confidence vote were fitting, as the prime minister is pushing a bad, unpopular deal that’s still the best version of Brexit.
  18. foreign interests
    Theresa May Delays Brexit Deal So It Can Die Another DayWhile it’s the best deal Brexiteers can hope for, nobody likes it — and its probable failure means the U.K. is headed for a worst-case scenario.
  19. foreign interests
    Hungary’s Eviction of Soros-Backed University Is a Win for Europe’s Far RightViktor Orbán takes another alarming step in his effort to strangle opposition within Hungary, and neither the E.U. nor the U.S. is likely to stop him.
  20. international affairs
    The Migrant Crisis Means No Honeymoon for Mexico’s New PresidentPresident López Obrador’s first term has begun, and so has the challenge of handling the migrant caravan and a disruptive leader north of the border.
  21. foreign interests
    Netanyahu’s Government Survives — But Maybe Not for LongThe prime minister thwarted a rebellion within his Cabinet, but Israel’s ultranationalist faction is still winning the long game.
  22. foreign interests
    Netanyahu Is No Longer Hawkish Enough for His Own GovernmentAfter agreeing to a cease-fire in Gaza, the prime minister is cast as a capitulating peacenik by his allies. Still, he’ll probably be reelected.
  23. foreign interests
    Secret Missile Bases Don’t Violate North Korea’s Promises — It Never Made AnyKim Jong-un is doing exactly what he has said he planned to do all along — not what President Trump claims he agreed to in Singapore.
  24. foreign interests
    The Military Doesn’t Seem to Appreciate Trump’s Border StuntDeploying troops to combat a fake migrant caravan “invasion” may fire up Trump’s base, but service members don’t like being used as political pawns.
  25. foreign policy
    The Trump Administration’s Call to End the Yemen War Is Too Little, Too LateEven if this policy shift isn’t self-serving, alleviating the crisis would require economic and diplomatic moves the U.S. probably won’t undertake.
  26. global politics
    Erdogan Seized on Khashoggi Murder in Hopes of Humiliating His Saudi RivalThe Turkish president drew the world’s attention with continual leaks, aiming to expose MBS as a brute and turn the world against Saudi Arabia.
  27. business
    Will Corporate America Dump Saudi Arabia Over Khashoggi?Trump may not want to punish them, but CEOs risk alienating customers, investors, and employees if they are seen as condoning the regime’s actions.
  28. foreign policy
    Trump’s Weak Khashoggi Response Tells Dictators They Can Get Away With MurderIf Trump fails to punish the Saudis for Jamal Khashoggi’s apparent murder, it will signal that money and flattery are worth more than U.S. morals.
  29. 2018 midterms
    Is Trump Preparing to Blame GOP Midterm Losses on Chinese Meddling?Trump accused China of seeking to help Democrats in November as retaliation for his trade policies. It’s possible, but he offered no real evidence.
  30. economy
    As Chinese Learn to Cope With Trump’s Trade War, Americans Are Still Set to LoseTrump’s belligerent, zero-sum trade policies will ultimately hurt American consumers and are already driving other countries to work around us.
  31. foreign policy
    Trump’s Effort to Strong-Arm Palestinians Will Bring More Suffering, Not PeaceCutting aid and shuttering the PLO office aligns with Netanyahu’s plan to crush the Palestinian national movement, but will only prolong the conflict.
  32. foreign policy
    The U.S. Has Blood on Its Hands in Yemen, and Can’t Wash It OffMattis’s threat to reduce support for Saudi-led bombings rings hollow in light of the Trump administration’s broader stance on Mideast arms sales.
  33. economy
    Despite Talks With China, Trump Is in No Rush to Call Off His Trade WarChina is eager to make a deal, but the administration wants to tighten the screws with more tariffs first.
  34. foreign policy
    Trump Signs Defense Bill, Says He’ll Ignore Many Limits Set by CongressTrump claimed he can override restrictions on cooperation with Russia, efforts to reduce civilian casualties, and even mere information requests.
  35. foreign affairs
    Turkey’s Economy Is on a Collision Course With Reality, & It’s Not Trump’s FaultErdogan’s easy money policy bought him his popularity, but his reluctance to shore up his currency could tank the Turkish economy.
  36. foreign policy
    While Condemning Iran, the U.S. Contributes to Terrorism in the Middle East, TooAs Iran sanctions were restored, an investigation revealed that the U.S.-backed coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthis routinely cut deals with Al Qaeda.
  37. The Far Right Aims to Take Control of the European Union Next YearHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban predicts the victory of “illiberal” nationalism over liberalism in 2019’s European parliamentary election.
  38. foreign policy
    Trump’s Iran Strategy: Regime Change on the CheapThe administration wants to see the Islamic Republic overthrown, but is hoping the Iranian people will do it for us. This can’t end well.
  39. foreign policy
    Trump’s Disastrous Putin Summit Could Have Been Even WorseWhile Helsinki was a victory for Putin, he didn’t score any concrete U.S. policy concessions — and there may be a limit to what Trump can give him.
  40. foreign affairs
    The Brexit Crisis Finally Engulfs the Party That Started ItDavid Cameron’s hubristic Brexit referendum was always bound to end with a disaster for the Tories – and Theresa May appears powerless to stop it.
  41. foreign policy
    AMLO Isn’t Mexico’s Trump — Nor Is He Trump’s Natural EnemyAndrés Manuel López Obrador’s presidential win could shift U.S.-Mexico relations, but caricatures don’t do justice to the idiosyncratic left-populist.
  42. foreign policy
    In Trump’s Russia Summit, Putin Holds All the CardsTrump is already fulfilling many of Putin’s wishes, and doesn’t seem to know what he wants in return. Now he’s poised to give away even more.
  43. foreign policy
    The Trump-Kim Summit Was a Great Photo Op, and Maybe Nothing MoreThe meeting in Singapore fulfilled both men’s desires for respect and media attention, but the actual work lies ahead.
  44. foreign policy
    Trump’s Plan to Wing It at North Korea Summit Is Already Going PoorlyAs he declared “attitude” beats prep work, aides made contradictory remarks that could potentially derail talks and undermine his goals.
  45. Italy’s Political Crisis Is Rattling Europe. Here’s What You Need to Know.A standoff between Italy’s populist parties and the country’s president shook markets around the world, and is now threatening European stability.
  46. foreign policy
    Trump’s Credibility Problem Is Now America’sThe president’s propensity for breaking agreements and surprising our allies is damaging America’s international reputation and ability to lead.
  47. foreign policy
    Is Trump Getting Played by North Korea?Kim Jong-un’s hot-and-cold behavior is messing with the administration’s already disjointed strategy for the upcoming talks.
  48. foreign policy
    Trump’s Iran-Deal Exit Has Raised the Risk of War, Even Faster Than ExpectedIsrael and Iran are running out of reasons not to escalate their low-key conflict in Syria into a broader regional catastrophe.
  49. foreign policy
    Trump Buys Netanyahu’s Bad Case for Abandoning the Iran DealThe Israeli prime minister’s alleged bombshell offered no evidence of Iranian noncompliance and ample reason to keep the nuclear agreement in place.
  50. foreign policy
    Syria Strikes Show, Once Again, That We Can’t Police the World by Bombing ItFriday’s missile attack will join a growing list of failed attempts by the U.S. to conduct foreign policy from the air.
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