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  1. just asking questions
    A Historian of Economic Crisis on the World After COVID-19A leading expert on financial crises explains how the pandemic is upending economic orthodoxy and raising the stakes of the 2020 election.
  2. global politics
    Across the World, Voters Are Losing Faith in GovernmentThe percentage of citizens who believe that “the state is run for the benefit of all” has plummeted in a wide array of countries since 2002.
  3. 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.
  4. world view
    Trump’s Middle East Plan Is About Exerting Power, Not Achieving PeaceThe conflict is now shaped by the worldview of Trump and his allies — and a two-state solution may be off the table for good.
  5. 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.
  6. world view
    The Strategy Behind Trump’s Incoherent Iran AddressTrump’s remarks were about sweet-talking his base and reclaiming the narrative — even if it meant confusing and angering our allies.
  7. world view
    The ‘Painful Consequences’ of Trump’s Soleimani Decision Are Already HereFrom the gobsmacking confusion over the U.S. presence in Iraq to reports of discrimination at the border, we don’t have to wait for Iran’s response.
  8. world view
    At U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Trump’s Middle East Rhetoric Meets RealityThe attack underscores that Trump’s efforts to hobble Iran and conclude our “endless wars” won’t come to fruition anytime soon.
  9. world view
    Kim Jong-un Is Plotting a Not So Happy New YearNorth Korea failed to deliver on its ominous promise of a Christmas “gift” to the U.S., but it’s still preparing to ratchet up tensions in 2020.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. world view
    Trump’s Israeli Settlement Reversal Is About What’s Good for Him, Not the LawThere’s scant evidence that the U.S. examined “all sides of the legal debate,” but altering the longstanding policy has domestic advantages for Trump.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.”
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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?
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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