Reality Check

The one thing you need to know from a given day.

What to Expect From the Turkish Election
June 22, 2018

Would anything in Turkey change if Erdogan were defeated?


Frozen Peace: Where the Korea Standoff Goes From Here
June 21, 2018

An indefinite “freeze for freeze” may be all that’s obtainable.

China Taps the Brakes on Investment
June 20, 2018

A slowdown in investment portends a general economic slowdown.


Leaderless Europe
June 19, 2018

If France and Germany can’t offer leadership, EU members may go on without them.

Thinking About the Balkans
June 18, 2018

In the Balkans, nothing is forgotten, and nothing is forgiven.


The Latest Chapter in the European Migration Crisis
June 15, 2018

The European Union’s three largest members have had a rough week.

The US and Canada: The Ties That Bind
June 14, 2018

The U.S. needs Canada, and Canada needs the U.S.


In Turkey, Hard Choices Are Easier After an Election
June 13, 2018

The state of the economy has forced the president to call for snap elections.

Is the Russian Economy Defying Western Sanctions?
June 12, 2018

The country’s economy is improving, but the devil is in the details.


The G-7, Frozen in Time
June 11, 2018

It’s a product of an era that no longer exists.

The Rhetorical Battle Over China’s Rise
June 8, 2018

The era of wishful thinking about China’s emergence is ending. But what will actually change?


The Illusion of Free Trade
June 7, 2018

Free trade is rarely free.

A Win-Win-Win Situation in Northern Syria
June 6, 2018

A rare agreement has reportedly been reached by the United States and Turkey, with the Syrian Kurds stuck in...