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The Imperial Presidency Is Alive and Well Sarah Binder, James Goldgeier, Elizabeth N. Saunders Tue, 21 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Less than a week after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution requiring Trump to seek congressional approval for any further military action against Iran.

/articles/2020-01-21/imperial-presidency-alive-and-well Striking Oil Ain’t What It Used to Be Amy Myers Jaffe Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

On January 7, the oil and gas companies Apache Corporation and Total SA announced a major oil find off the coast of Suriname, not far from enormous offshore deposits in neighboring Guyana discovered by ExxonMobil last year.

/articles/africa/2020-01-20/striking-oil-aint-what-it-used-be The Looming Tax War Itai Grinberg Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Since the early twentieth century, countries have largely agreed on how to tax income earned in cross-border business. But this long-standing regime is coming apart, imperiling the broader international economic order.

/articles/united-states/2020-01-17/looming-tax-war Bashar al-Assad’s Hollow Victory Lina Khatib Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Assad’s victory will be a Pyrrhic one, leaving him burdened by war profiteers and subservient to external powers.

/articles/syria/2020-01-17/bashar-al-assads-hollow-victory Capitalism Must Reform to Survive Klaus Schwab Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The only way to save capitalism is to return to the stakeholder model we discovered, and then forgot, decades ago.

/articles/2020-01-16/capitalism-must-reform-survive China’s Rights Abuses in Xinjiang Could Provoke a Global Terrorist Backlash Mollie Saltskog, Colin P. Clarke Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The United States and its allies could show China a better way forward.

/articles/china/2020-01-16/chinas-rights-abuses-xinjiang-could-provoke-global-terrorist-backlash Syria’s Kurdish Forces Hold Back the Tides Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The United States, Russia, and other outside actors all benefit from the stability that the Kurdish SDF brings to northeastern Syria, and they should take an interest in securing the region’s future.

/articles/united-states/2020-01-15/syrias-kurdish-forces-hold-back-tides Ordinary Brother, Exceptional General Maryam Alemzadeh Wed, 15 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has thrived on a bottom-up order that relies not on any central figure but on an abundance of close personal ties of trust. Soleimani’s death will not harm the structure of the institution.

/articles/iran/2020-01-15/ordinary-brother-exceptional-general Can Oman’s New Leader Uphold Sultan Qaboos’s Peaceful Legacy? Nikita Lalwani, Josh Rubin, Sam Winter-Levy Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

After 49 years under Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman has a new ruler. The Arab world’s longest-serving leader died on January 10, ending nearly five decades of transformational rule during which he remade his war-torn nation into an oasis of stability and gained a reputation as a trusted mediator between rival powers.

/articles/iran/2020-01-14/can-omans-new-leader-uphold-sultan-qabooss-peaceful-legacy Hezbollah Has Prepared for This Moment for Decades Brian Katz Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The full response to the U.S. strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani will unfold in the coming months and years—and will likely feature Hezbollah in a starring role.

/articles/united-states/2020-01-14/hezbollah-has-prepared-moment-decades A Delicate Truce in the U.S.-Chinese Trade War Weijian Shan Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The tentative agreement reached in December doesn’t mark a major breakthrough in the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, nor does it come anywhere close to resolving the contentious issues that separate the two countries.

/articles/united-states/2020-01-13/delicate-truce-us-chinese-trade-war The Dangerous Unraveling of the U.S.-Turkish Alliance Philip H. Gordon, Amanda Sloat Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Allies for nearly seven decades, Turkey and the United States are now at loggerheads. Both the Trump administration and Congress can take important steps to prevent the rift from widening.

/articles/turkey/2020-01-10/dangerous-unraveling-us-turkish-alliance China Steps Up Its Information War in Taiwan Rush Doshi Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Ahead of Saturday's election, the Chinese government has undertaken a vast information influence campaign in Taiwan.

/articles/china/2020-01-09/china-steps-its-information-war-taiwan Trump’s Napoleon Moment Robert Zaretsky Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Napoléon Bonaparte’s decision to assassinate the Duc d’Enghien in 1804 can reveal the costs and consequences of Trump’s order to assassinate Soleimani.

/articles/france/2020-01-09/trumps-napoleon-moment The New Anti-Americanism Richard Wike Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Anti-Americanism has surged in much of the world since U.S. President Donald Trump took office—but not for the reasons one would expect. 

/articles/2020-01-08/new-anti-americanism Soleimani Was More Valuable in Politics Than in War Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Soleimani’s assassination must still occasion soul searching within an establishment that failed to foresee the danger to his person and that has now lost a conspicuous star from its firmament.

/articles/iran/2020-01-08/soleimani-was-more-valuable-politics-war The U.S.-Iraqi Relationship Can Still Be Salvaged Meghan L. O'Sullivan Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The Trump administration should mend relations with Baghdad and retain a vital troop presence in Iraq.

/articles/iran/2020-01-07/us-iraqi-relationship-can-still-be-salvaged How to Stop Libya’s Collapse Frederic Wehrey, Jalel Harchaoui Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

By clearing the battlefield of foreign meddlers and providing the space for economic recovery, the United States reverse Libya’s dangerous slide toward disintegration.

/articles/libya/2020-01-07/how-stop-libyas-collapse Silence Falls on Iran’s Protest Movement Nahid Siamdoust Mon, 06 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The soundtrack of the 2019 uprisings has been the sound of silence.

/articles/iraq/2020-01-06/silence-falls-irans-protest-movement How to Avoid Another War in the Middle East Kelly Magsamen Sat, 04 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Killing the Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani may well have been the most consequential foreign policy decision of Donald Trump’s presidency. Its repercussions will be felt for days, months, and even years to come—but what exactly they will be depends on what the Trump administration does next.

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