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  1. 9/11: 20 years later
    Reparations for IraqAmerica’s engagements in Iraq can best be described as a multidecade colonization.
  2. the media
    The Media Is Helping Hawks Win the War Over Biden’s Afghanistan WithdrawalThe Taliban’s triumph illustrates how little good our 20-year war did. The media’s coverage of that triumph illustrates how little we’ve learned.
  3. foreign interests
    The U.S. Should Take As Many Afghan Refugees As It CanIt’s the only way to salvage America’s reputation after 20 years of war.
  4. foreign interests
    America’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan Was Destined for DisasterBiden is choosing to act decisively rather than avoid the bad optics of bringing this two-decade military misadventure to an end.
  5. foreign interests
    Is Cuba’s Communist Regime in Trouble?Rare mass protests over vaccine delays and food shortages also speak to a deeper discontent with the repressive regime.
  6. foreign interests
    Can Biden Make America Lead the Free World Again?His Europe trip is meant to reassure allies that the U.S. is back in the business of global leadership, but long-term credibility will be a hard sell.
  7. foreign interests
    The End of the Netanyahu Era?A coalition deal is likely to end the career of Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, but the damage he has done will have a long tail.
  8. foreign interests
    The Other War in Israel: GentrificationThe country held up its mixed cities as a model of peaceful coexistence. But on whose terms?
  9. foreign interests
    Violence in Israel Is a Political Victory for NetanyahuThe latest escalation has dashed prospects of a deal among the prime minister’s rivals to form a unity government.
  10. foreign interests
    The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Likely to Get Even WorsePalestinians are disillusioned, America is disengaged, and Netanyahu sees only upside in the violence.
  11. foreign interests
    The U.S. Is Playing Catch-Up at Vaccine DiplomacyAmerica can still make a major difference in the efforts to get COVID-19 vaccines into arms globally, but Russia and China have a big head start.
  12. foreign interests
    Withdrawing From Afghanistan Is Biden’s Least Bad OptionThe pullout of U.S. troops will likely have tragic consequences for Afghans, but remaining indefinitely offers no clear path to victory.
  13. forever war
    Biden: All U.S. Troops Will Leave Afghanistan by September 11The White House vows to end the longest war in U.S. history this year, no matter how conditions on the ground evolve.
  14. foreign interests
    This Week May Be Biden’s Last Chance to Revive the Iran DealThe U.S and Iran are at odds over who should make the first move. Indirect talks in Vienna this week will aim to bridge that gap.
  15. foreign interests
    Israel’s Democracy Is Broken, and Netanyahu Is to BlameThe Israeli right keeps winning elections but failing to form governments because of the toxic political environment Netanyahu has created.
  16. foreign interests
    What Were the Legal (and Strategic) Grounds for Biden’s Syria Airstrikes?The long-term impact on Biden’s Iran strategy may be more consequential than the strikes’ contested legality.
  17. foreign interests
    Myanmar’s Military Pulled Off the Coup Trump Couldn’tMyanmar’s junta doesn’t need lessons from Trump. But the parallels to his tactics are striking, and have deepened the U.S. credibility deficit.
  18. foreign interests
    America Is Complicit in Yemen Atrocities. Biden Says That Ends Now.The Trump administration had long overlooked and defended Saudi war crimes in exchange for massive arms purchases. Biden is reversing course.
  19. foreign interests
    Trump’s ‘Peace’ Deal Doesn’t Make Mideast Conflict Any Less LikelyThe Abraham Accords serve Trump and Netanyahu’s political interests, but abandoning Palestinians and amplifying pressure on Iran are both risky steps.
  20. foreign interests
    UAE Strikes Peace Deal With Israel, Sells Out PalestiniansIn exchange for a promise that Israel won’t immediately illegally annex the Jordan Valley, Abu Dhabi normalized relations with the Jewish state.
  21. foreign interests
    Trump’s Reelection Woes, Not Policy, Are Root of Escalating China TensionsPresident Trump’s decision to shutter the Houston consulate is supposedly about Chinese espionage, but it makes more sense as a reelection tactic.
  22. foreign interests
    Please Don’t Prolong a Pointless War Just to Show Russia Who’s BossA bipartisan group in the House just made it harder for Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. That’s a mistake.
  23. foreign interests
    Brexit Is Finally Happening on Friday, But the Drama Is Far From OverAfter their divorce on Friday, the U.K. and E.U. will have just one year to finalize a trade deal — and there may be tough consequences in store.
  24. war
    50 U.S. Troops Diagnosed With Brain Injuries As a Result of Iran StrikesLast week, Trump dismissed the soldiers’ injuries as “headaches” that were “not very serious.”
  25. vision 2020
    Bernie Sanders’s Foreign Policy Is Too Evidence-Based for the Beltway’s TasteThe senator’s vision is less ideologically blinkered and radically ambitious than the bipartisan consensus it aims to displace.
  26. foreign interests
    Here’s How Trump’s Iran Policy Looks From Inside the SenateSenator Chris Murphy says his GOP colleagues know there’s no evidence that Soleimani posed an imminent threat. They just don’t care.
  27. foreign interests
    Avoiding Disaster Doesn’t Make Trump’s Iran Policy a SuccessTrump’s efforts to bring Iran to heel and thwart its nuclear ambitions were failing even before he nearly started a catastrophic war.
  28. polls
    By 2-to-1 Margin, Voters Say Trump’s Soleimani Strike Made U.S. ‘Less Safe’In a new survey, a majority of Americans say Trump’s Iran policy is “reckless,” while just 24 percent say it made Americans “more safe.”
  29. qasem soleimani
    GOP Senator: White House Briefing on Soleimani Was ‘Insulting’Mike Lee called the administration’s case for assassinating Soleimani “the worst briefing, at least on a military issue, I’ve seen.”
  30. iran
    Iran Is Not a Threat to Our Security. Trump’s Saber-Rattling Is.Trump wants Americans to see Iran as an irrational, terroristic menace. But Tehran’s response to the killing of Soleimani proves that it is not.
  31. qasem soleimani
    Could Iran Punish Israel for an American Assassination?Intelligencer staffers discuss the latest developments in the aftermath of Qasem Soleimani’s death.
  32. foreign interests
    Trump Administration Accidentally Declares End of War in Iraq“We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure,” the U.S. wrote in a letter to the Iraqi government that it did not intend to send.
  33. qasem soleimani
    Trump’s Rationale for Killing Soleimani Makes No SenseThe White House has so little respect for the voting public, it didn’t even bother to make its case for war with Iran logically coherent.
  34. iraq
    Iraqis Storm U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to Protest Air StrikesThe U.S. launched mass-casualty air strikes in Iraq in defiance of its government. Now, Iran-backed militants surround the U.S. embassy.
  35. foreign interests
    Trump Puts Business Above Democracy and Human Rights. So Did Jimmy Carter.As Iran’s pro-business dictatorship faced an uprising, Carter’s administration urged it “to kill as many demonstrators as necessary,” documents show.
  36. foreign interests
    A NATO Summit to End All NATO SummitsYet another gathering consumed by Trump’s ego raises the question: What is the point of this alliance again?
  37. foreign interests
    Netanyahu’s Indictment Won’t Solve Israel’s Political ParalysisPressing, existential questions about the country’s future extend well beyond the fate of one man.
  38. foreign interests
    Hopes Dim for a Peaceful End to Hong Kong ProtestsIf foreign governments and businesses won’t go to bat for protesters, it may only be a matter of time before Beijing turns to deadly force.
  39. foreign interests
    The Downfall of Bolivia’s Evo Morales Shows the Value of Term LimitsThe Bolivian president was in office too long and had become obsessed with staying. On Sunday he resigned amid allegations of election rigging.
  40. foreign interests
    The Massacre of a Mormon Family in Mexico Will Hang Over the 2020 ElectionThis horrific example of Mexico’s security problems will likely become a fixture in Trump’s rhetoric on combating violence south of the border.
  41. foreign interests
    A Snap Election Won’t Solve the U.K.’s Brexit CrisisEven if Boris Johnson gets everything he wants on December 12, a huge segment of the public will still be deeply unhappy with his version of Brexit.
  42. foreign interests
    Boris Johnson Finally Gets a Brexit Win — Followed by a Huge SetbackMPs approved the prime minister’s deal in principle, but rejected his timetable. Now Johnson is facing another Brexit delay, and may call an election.
  43. foreign interests
    It’s a Crucial Week for Brexit (Yes, Again)Parliament withheld support for Boris Johnson’s deal on Saturday, so now Brexit’s fate will come down to how MPs amend the terms of the withdrawal.
  44. foreign interests
    Boris Johnson’s Make-or-Break Saturday Session in ParliamentThe U.K. Parliament will convene for a rare and historic weekend vote in what could be the climax of the Brexit saga.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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