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  1. world view
    Trump Is Letting Turkey Bully the United StatesThe U.S. delegation got to announce a Syria cease-fire, but only after Ankara gave them a taste of the humiliation that weak nations endure regularly.
  2. foreign interests
    Trump Didn’t Free Us From Syria’s ‘Endless War,’ He Just Made It WorseThe president congratulated himself for pulling U.S. forces out of a Mideast quagmire, but his haphazard decision is perpetuating a destructive cycle.
  3. nba
    The NBA Is Making Its China Problem WorseBy throwing out protesting fans and shutting down questions from reporters, the league is making sure the issue doesn’t go away.
  4. president trump
    Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds May Be the Dumbest Move of His PresidencyHe found one of the few ways to make GOP senators shout, “Donald Trump is misusing executive power,” right as impeachment gets rolling.
  5. foreign interests
    Trump and Erdogan Are Only Increasing the Odds of an ISIS ComebackTurkey claims its attack on the Kurds, which Trump cleared the way for, is about securing “peace.” It’s likely to do the exact opposite.
  6. world view
    Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Is a Mistake We’re Doomed to RepeatMilitary and GOP leaders rebuked Trump over December’s abrupt Syria shift, but didn’t go far enough. Their latest complaints won’t rein him in either.
  7. global politics
    The NBA–Hong Kong Controversy Suggests History Isn’t Ending How We’d PlannedEconomic integration was supposed to bring democracy to China. Instead, it’s brought Chinese state censorship to corporate America.
  8. foreign interests
    A Year Later, Khashoggi’s Murder Has Only Been a Good Thing for MBSThe U.S. and the world’s business community have failed to hold the Saudis accountable – but the murder sent a clear message to would-be dissenters.
  9. world view
    Trump’s Low-Energy U.N. Speech Said More Than He RealizedIt’s hard to tell if Trump or his audience was more disinterested, but the text contained lessons about his team’s disturbing tactics and goals.
  10. just asking questions
    Do We Need to Abandon Growth to Save the Planet?A conversation with scientist Vaclav Smil, author of Growth — a dense treatise that covers everything from “microorganisms to megacities.”
  11. foreign interests
    Israel’s Election Deadlock May Mean Netanyahu’s Luck Has Finally Run OutNeither the right wing nor the center-left has a clear path to a majority in the Knesset – and Netanyahu’s hold on power is now even shakier.
  12. world view
    Trump Tells the World He’s Desperate to Play DealmakerTrump is ready to move past his Taliban summit debacle, but it offered strategic lessons adversaries like Iran and North Korea won’t soon forget.
  13. foreign interests
    Latest Brexit Loss Leaves Boris Johnson Denying He Lied to the QueenA Scottish court’s ruling that Johnson gave the queen misleading advice could lead to the reopening of Parliament, and new calls for his resignation.
  14. world view
    John Bolton Goes Down With the ShipBolton was happy to help Trump subvert the national security decision-making process – then the chaos did him in, too.
  15. foreign interests
    Boris Johnson’s Brinkmanship Can’t Solve the Brexit MessAfter Tory MPs revolt, Johnson bets early elections will give him a mandate. The likelier result: more political paralysis and no Brexit solution.
  16. global politics
    G7 ‘Breakthrough’ on Iran Turns Out to Be a BustOn Monday, Trump and his Iranian counterpart indicated that they were open to meeting; on Tuesday, Rouhani shut it down.
  17. foreign interests
    Trump’s Empty Threats to China Won’t Help Hong KongThe Trump administration’s tough talk on holding up already-stalled trade talks won’t keep Beijing from cracking down on protesters in Hong Kong.
  18. world view
    Trump’s Selfish Foreign Policy Doesn’t Really Put America FirstTrump acts like rising tensions in Asia aren’t of interest to Americans. When a crisis comes and we don’t have the tools to respond, they will be.
  19. foreign interests
    What You Need to Know About India’s Power Grab in KashmirRevoking Kashmir’s special status ratcheted up tensions with Pakistan and China, threatening to ignite fresh conflict in the heavily militarized area.
  20. foreign interests
    If China Cracks Down on Hong Kong, There’s Little Anyone Can Do to Stop ItBeijing has reason to tread carefully. But if it doesn’t, there’s not much the international community can do — especially with Trump standing aside.
  21. foreign interests
    Britain Needs Strong Leadership. Now It Has Showman Boris Johnson.With the Brexit crisis and Iran conflict looming, the U.K.’s new prime minister must prove he’s more than just bluster – and do it fast.
  22. world view
    Trump May Leave Office in 2021, But His Foreign Policy Mess Will LingerIt’s unwise to assume — as some 2020 contenders seem to — that the next president can just step back into Washington’s global role pre-Trump.
  23. foreign interests
    Trump’s G20 Trip Was a Victory for DictatorsAt the summit, President Trump cemented his friendships with authoritarian leaders like Putin and Kim, while giving short shrift to democratic allies.
  24. world view
    Trump’s Iran Accusations Put U.S. Credibility on the LinePerhaps Iran really did attack two oil tankers. But experts are skeptical, and if the administration is crying wolf there could be dire consequences.
  25. world view
    Trump Has Undone the Alliance That Made D-Day a SuccessFor decades, the U.S. and Europe were tightly bound by shared values and sacrifice. Trump’s visit normalized a reality that is none of those things.
  26. world view
    Will Donald Trump Accidentally Start a War?When no one can tell which advisers are really in charge or what D.C. will do next, it makes an inadvertent slide into conflict much more likely.
  27. global politics
    Theresa May to Resign As U.K. Prime Minister After Brexit FailuresMay’s voice cracked as she announced that she will step down on June 7, after three failed attempts to pass her Brexit plan.
  28. world view
    Trump Is Now Our Best Bet for Avoiding WarForeign policy isn’t supposed to work like this, but for now we should just hope the reports that Trump’s grown wary of warmongering are true.
  29. world view
    Trump’s Iran-Deal Exit Delivered More Risk, No RewardOne year later, there are no signs that Trump’s strategy is working, and both sides are making increasingly dramatic moves that raise fears of war.
  30. foreign interests
    Spanish Election Shows the Left Can Resist Europe’s Nationalist WaveThough Spain’s far-right Vox Party won its first seats in Parliament, the Socialists’ win may offer a model for other progressive European parties.
  31. 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?
  32. 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.
  33. world view
    Despite Netanyahu’s Apparent Win, Israel Faces Even More UncertaintyThe prime minister is still awaiting indictment, and his campaign promises, backed by Trump, may bring new instability to the region.
  34. world view
    If NATO Is Going to Survive Trump, and Other Threats, It Must AdaptNATO leaders may be tempted to defend its very successful past, but as they celebrate the alliance’s 70th year, they need to focus on the future.
  35. world view
    Hiding the Full Mueller Report Is Another Gift to Vladimir PutinCollusion aside, what Mueller learned about Russian tradecraft should be spread as broadly as possible to counter Putin’s election meddling worldwide.
  36. 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.
  37. world view
    Trump Won’t Let U.S. Officials Come Between Him and Kim Jong-unTrump countered, and confused, his own administration by calling off new North Korea sanctions. If only our actual allies were treated so well.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.”
  43. world view
    Trump Was Right to Walk Away From North Korea, But Kim Won’t Be IgnoredTrump leaves Hanoi with no deal, but some cards left in his hand — though playing them just got much harder.
  44. global politics
    Trump Cuts Short North Korea Summit, Returns Empty HandedThe two-day summit came to an abrupt end when North Korea demanded that the U.S. drop all sanctions in return for the closing of one nuclear facility.
  45. world view
    Trump Lowered North Korea Summit Expectations — and Still Might Not DeliverTrump dropped his unrealistic promises of fast denuclearization, and could make real progress in Hanoi. The question is whether he can follow through.
  46. 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.
  47. world view
    Trump Gathers Iran Foes Around His Latest Dumpster FireAfter teasing Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan, in Warsaw Trump officials displayed only disdain for old allies and eagerness for Iran conflict.
  48. q&a
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Thinks Trump’s Exit Plan Is a Big MistakeA talk with Ryan Crocker, who says the peace talks with the Taliban are a recipe for disaster, and after 17 years, the U.S. should keep on fighting.
  49. world view
    Why Doesn’t Trump’s Talk of U.S. Moral Duty Apply to North Korea?In his SOTU, Trump invoked the Holocaust to signal our moral duty to oppose Iran and Venezuela — and made overtures to North Korea’s cruel regime.
  50. 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.
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