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North Korea Manages Expectations, One Provocation at a Time
May 18, 2018

Pyongyang thinks a deal is possible that would end the standoff largely on its own terms.


NAFTA: Deadlines Pass as Talks Go On
May 17, 2018

All sides have a vested interest in keeping the agreement intact.

Italy Isn’t Done With the EU Just Yet
May 16, 2018

Its new leaders had to moderate their anti-establishment campaign stances.


Why Turkey and the UK’s Relationship Won’t Last
May 15, 2018

Their shared perspectives on Europe’s future are bringing them together.

Decision Time in Syria
May 14, 2018

It’s always been hard to tell just what everyone wanted in Syria. Thanks to Iran, we now have a...


What’s at Stake in Iraq’s Elections
May 11, 2018

The government in Tehran will still have some degree of influence in Iraq regardless of who wins.

Argentina Seeks Help, Not Rescue
May 10, 2018

Turning to the IMF won’t be popular, but failure to reform is not an option.


The Case for North Korea’s Liberalization
May 9, 2018

China and Vietnam have tepidly embraced reform. Why can’t the Hermit Kingdom?

How the Iran Nuclear Deal Missed the Mark
May 8, 2018

Washington’s real concern isn’t nuclear weapons but Iranian expansion.


Beyond the Daily Distractions
May 7, 2018

These will be the week’s real front-page stories.

The Next Israeli War
May 4, 2018

Every day Iran fails to strike back makes it look weaker.


How Germany Could Punish Eastern Europe
May 3, 2018

Brussels can’t really bring disobedient states to heel. Berlin can.

Short of War in the South China Sea
May 2, 2018

It’s been a busy year in these troubled waters.