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  1. 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.
  2. world view
    U.S.-Taliban May Have Breakthrough Deal — Now All Afghans Must Be HeardU.S. and Taliban officials may have a deal, but there won’t be lasting peace if women, minorities, and everyday Afghans are excluded from the process.
  3. 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.
  4. world view
    With Mattis Gone, Trump Is Already Sowing More Global ChaosIn just a few weeks, we’ve seen a serious uptick in odd U.S. foreign policy moves and anonymous leaking, and that isn’t good for anyone except Putin.
  5. 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.
  6. world view
    Trump Is Facing a Real Crisis — But It’s in Syria, Not at Our BorderBolton and Pompeo were supposed to clear up confusion over troop withdrawal from Syria. Instead, the U.S. appears to have two contradictory policies.
  7. 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.
  8. world view
    Trump Misses the Signs That North Korea’s Dictator Isn’t Really His FriendAs Trump touted his diplomatic win, Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s speech made it clear that he wants more U.S. concessions, and isn’t ditching his nukes.
  9. world view
    Trump Ended 2018 by Rewarding Putin for Another Year of Bad BehaviorIn many ways, this administration has been a disappointment to Russia — but with his recent foreign policy moves, Trump might make it up to Putin.
  10. 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.
  11. world view
    What the Senate’s Bipartisan Rebuke to Trump Means for Yemen — and U.S. PolicyThe consensus on Middle East policy is fading fast, and there’s more ahead on the fight over U.S. support for the Saudi-led war.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. world view
    Macron Wanted to Lead the World. Now He’s Struggling to Lead France.Despite positioning himself as a foil to Trump and a leader on climate change, Macron will be lucky if he can quell France’s yellow vest protests.
  15. 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.
  16. global politics
    France’s Yellow Vest Protests Are a Backlash Against More Than Macron’s Fuel TaxThe tax may have been the spark, but the deeper cause is a feeling that Macron’s centrist policies aren’t doing enough to address inequality.
  17. world view
    Trump Kept a Low Profile at the G20, But Still Left His MarkThe G20 is meant to foster global cooperation, but with authoritarian and nativist leaders on the rise, it turned out to be Trump’s kind of crowd.
  18. world view
    Trump’s Response to Russia-Ukraine Crisis Will Only Encourage Putin’s AggressionThe recent naval clash warranted a strong response from the U.S. Trump canceling a scheduled meeting with Putin via tweet wasn’t it.
  19. 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.
  20. world view
    Trump Doesn’t Understand What the Khashoggi Scandal Means for Saudi RelationsHe can refuse to hear evidence and shrug off reports of MBS’s involvement, but he won’t be able to ignore the consequences of the journalist’s murder.
  21. 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.
  22. world view
    Don’t Let Trump’s Slights Overshadow Lessons From World War I RemembrancesIf you look past Trump’s usual affronts, the memorials offered messages about nationalism and weakened alliances that are still relevant today.
  23. world view
    North Korea Doesn’t Care About Trump’s Post-Midterms AgendaTrump seems to have put North Korea on the back burner, insisting relations are “fine” — but they probably won’t stay that way for long.
  24. 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.
  25. global politics
    Angela Merkel’s Exit Is Yet Another Blow to European StabilityFor 14 years, the German chancellor defined both the promise and the limits of EU politics. It’s unclear how – or even whether – she can be replaced.
  26. global politics
    Bolsonaro’s Victory in Brazil Should Feel Worryingly Familiar to AmericansThe rise of Brazil’s Trumpian president-elect is more extreme reflection of our own politics — and a cautionary tale for the U.S.
  27. foreign policy
    Putin Violated an Arms Treaty. Trump Ditching It Makes the Nuclear Threat Worse.Trump thinks if Russia does it, the U.S. should ignore the INF Treaty, too. But helping erode a treaty that curbed the arms race isn’t the answer.
  28. 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.
  29. global politics
    A Win for Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro Would Be a Win for the Global Christian RightThe presidential candidate — known for racist, misogynistic, and anti-LGBT rhetoric — leads in October’s run-off, thanks partly to religious voters.
  30. global politics
    Kim Jong-un’s Sister Is Going to the OlympicsShe’ll be the first member of the North Korean leader’s immediate family to go to South Korea.