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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.”
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. world view
    Trump Just Scrapped a Nuclear Treaty That Kept Us Safe for DecadesExiting the INF Treaty undermines long-settled thinking on arms control. Now 2020 could see the biggest debate on U.S. nuclear policy in a generation.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
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